The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority May 3 said the city has maintained its reigning title as the top trade show destination in the country. It’s the 18th consecutive year Las Vegas has held the honor.
The ranking comes from the Trade Show News Network, which released its list of the top 250 trade shows in the United States. Las Vegas hosted 55 of the largest shows, more than the next two competitors combined.
“We share this success with our resort partners along with every meeting, convention and trade show that comes to Las Vegas,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
The coveted list by Tarsus Group represents the top 250 trade shows held in the country last year, ranked by net square footage. Las Vegas hosts nearly a quarter of the nation’s largest trade shows and seven of the top 10.
The largest shows on the list were the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ triennial CONEXPO-CON/AGG followed by the Consumer Electronics Association’s annual International CES. Both are held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
TSNN’s 2011 list comes at a time when the value of meetings and conventions is being questioned.
A study by Oxford Economics, a globally respected research firm, shows business revenue increases more than $12 for every $1 spent on business travel, and Las Vegas’ No. 1 ranking reinforces why companies continue to come back.
In addition, Las Vegas has been reeling from waves of negative publicity about employees of the U.S. General Services Administration during a recent visit
Las Vegas has more than 19,000 meetings annually, with a $6.3 billion impact to local economy, the convention authority said. The meeting sector supports 58,000 jobs.
To see the full TSNN Top 250 list, go to: www.tsnn.com/datasite-us