Friday, March 28, 2014 | 11:16 a.m.
Las Vegas’ status as the nation’s top trade show destination was reaffirmed again this week.
For the 20th consecutive year, Las Vegas found itself atop the Trade Show News Network’s “2013 TSNN Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States,” playing host to 53 of the nation’s largest trade shows.
The largest show of 2013 was the International CES, staged Jan 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, LVH and Venetian.
“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. “Maintaining the No. 1 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.”
“Las Vegas has long reigned as the No. 1 trade show destination in the United States,” said Rachel Wimberly, TSNN president. “The destination truly has an unparalleled convention and meetings package to offer.”
To continue as the nation’s top trade show destination, LVCVA continues work on the new Las Vegas Global Business District, a $2.5 billion facelift of the Las Vegas Convention Center that will add meeting rooms, a conference facility, a World Trade Center and multimodal transportation hub. The project, announced last year, is expected to take eight to 10 years to complete.
All totaled in 2013, according to LVCVA, Las Vegas played host to more than 22,000 meetings that attracted more than 5.1 million delegates. Those meetings had a $7.4 billion impact on the Southern Nevada economy and supported 61,200 jobs.
Las Vegas’ two closest competitors in 2013 were Chicago, with 29 shows, and Orlando, 24 shows, according to TSNN, which is based in suburban Milwaukee.