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Las Vegas Celebrates Two Decades as No. 1 Trade Show Destination

April 1, 2014 MICE No Comments Email Email

Las Vegas has been named the No. 1 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. Las Vegas hosted 53 of the largest shows.

“We are proud of our standing as the top trade show destination for a historic two decades,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “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.”

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 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 No. 1 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 for many years to come, 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 exhibit, meeting and general session space, the development of World Trade Center 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. To see the full TSNN list, visit

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