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Las Vegas celebrates two decades as number one trade show destination in the U.S.

The international business destination celebrates 20 Consecutive years at the top

Las Vegas has been named the number one trade show destination for the 20th consecutive year, according to the Trade Show News Network’s (TSNN) "2013 TSNN Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States" list.  In the last year alone, the business destination hosted 53 of the county’s largest trade shows across the city.

"We are proud of our standing as the top trade show destination for a historic two decades," said Rossi Ralenkotter, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). "Maintaining the number one ranking is a collaborative effort and a testament to all of the hard working people who make Las Vegas a premier business destination year after year."

The coveted list by Tarsus Group represents the top 250 trade shows held in the country last year, ranked by net square footage. The 53 shows in Las Vegas encompassed a total 20,113,046 net square feet, or 31.2% percent of the total space for all 250 shows. The largest single show was International CES, held in Las Vegas, at more than 1.9 million square feet.

"Las Vegas has long reigned as the number one trade show destination in the United States," said TSNN President Rachel Wimberly. "The destination truly has an unparalleled convention and meetings package to offer."

In order to maintain this much sought after top ranking, the LVCVA is moving forward with plans for the Las Vegas Global Business District, a seminal project that will help launch Las Vegas into its next phase of growth as a global destination and an iconic brand. The project calls for a major transformation of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the surrounding area, including the addition of exhibition, meeting and general session space, the development of World Trade Centre facility and a comprehensive multi-modal transportation hub. The Las Vegas Global Business District is the most significant economic development project the LVCVA has undertaken since the Las Vegas Convention Center was first built in the 1950s.

Las Vegas’ two closest competitors are Chicago with 29 shows and Orlando hosting 24. 

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