"We are proud to once again hold the rank of No. 1 trade show destination and we commend our resort partners for their commitment to the industry," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). "Maintaining the top ranking is a testament to all of the hard working people who make Las Vegas a premier business destination and deliver on the brand promise that Vegas Means Business."
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 60 shows in Las Vegas encompassed 22.3 million net square feet, or 33% percent of the total space for all 250 shows. The two largest single shows were Conexpo-CON/AGG at 2.4 million net square feet, followed by International CES® at more than 2.1 million net square feet. Both of these shows were held in Las Vegas.
"It's no surprise that Las Vegas once again captured the No. 1 spot on the 2014 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show list," said TSNN President Rachel Wimberly. "With world-class convention facilities and services, combined with top-notch hotels, restaurants and entertainment, Las Vegas continues to attract the biggest shows in the U.S."
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 $9 billion in current and proposed development is on the books to add to the destination’s appeal, including a 350,000-square-foot expansion of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. In addition, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is progressing with its Las Vegas Global Business District project that will expand and renovate the Las Vegas Convention Center – adding 750,000 square feet of exhibit space and 187,500 square feet of meeting space.