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Las Vegas continues its streak as No. 1 trade show destination

Las Vegas maintains its long-standing reputation as the leading destination for business travel as it is named the No. 1 trade show destination for the 22nd consecutive year, according to the Trade Show News Network’s (TSNN) “2015 TSNN Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States” list. Las Vegas hosted 54 of the largest shows held in the country last year.  

“Las Vegas consistently provides our convention clients with the most professional and productive experience possible, and is proud to be named the No. 1 trade show destination for the 22nd year,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

“It is critical that we continue to provide the most professional and productive experience to our convention delegates. We need to continue to invest in our convention infrastructure to make sure we are always ahead of the competition.”

The coveted list by Trade Show News Network represents the largest 250 trade shows held in the country last year, ranked by net square footage.

The Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2015 show snagged the top spot with more than 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space across several Las Vegas convention facilities. CES 2015 welcomed more than 3,600 exhibitors and nearly 170,000 attendees.

"It's no surprise that Las Vegas, once again, was ranked the No. 1 city on the 2015 TSNN top 250 Trade Show list, with 54 of the biggest shows being hosted there," said TSNN President Rachel Wimberly. "The combination of world-class resorts, convention and meetings venues, restaurants and entertainment, to mention a few highlights, make Las Vegas a very desirable destination." 

Las Vegas’ closest competitor was Orlando with 24 shows, followed by Chicago and New York hosting 21 shows each.

Even with more than two decades under its belt as the No. 1 trade show destination, Las Vegas works hard to maintain that ranking. The city that evolved to host people is always evolving to improve the experience and ensure its top ranking.

More than $7 billion (£4.9 billion) in current and proposed development is on the books to add to the destination’s appeal, including the T-Mobile Arena, TopGolf Las Vegas, Resorts World Las Vegas, renovation of the Julius Tower at Caesars Palace and the Monte Carlo theatre, just to name a few. In addition, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is progressing with its Las Vegas Convention Center District project that will expand and renovate the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Las Vegas reached record visitation in 2015 welcoming 42.3 million visitors, a 2.9-percent increase from 2014. 

Convention attendance was a primary driver of that growth, increasing 13.4% according to a Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) commissioned Economic Impact Study by Applied Analysis.  The report also shows that the convention industry continues to be valued for its positive impact on average daily room rates and helps smooth out seasonality associated with leisure travel.

The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) plays an important role in the region’s convention and meetings segment hosting 22 percent of all convention attendees traveling to Southern Nevada. The facility directly supports 9,400 local jobs and $379 million (£266 million) in local wages and salaries. The LVCC hosted 49 events in 2015 with a combined attendance of 1.3 million people. These visitors generated $2.1 billion (£1.47 billion) in total economic output in 2015.

With 11 million square feet of meeting space, Las Vegas hosted nearly 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows last year.  It has been ranked as the No. 1 trade show destination in North America for a record 21 consecutive years hosting 60 of the 250 largest shows.  

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