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Las Vegas Convention And Visitors Authority Board Of Directors Celebrate Two Decades As No.1 Trade Show Destination

20 Consecutive Years at the Top

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 Trade Show News Network 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 sq. ft., or 31.2% percent of the total space for all 250 shows. The largest single show was International CESĀ®, held in Las Vegas, at more than 1.9 million sq. ft.. 

"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."

Las Vegas is the home to three of the country's largest convention centers - Las Vegas Convention Center, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and the Sands EXPO and Convention Center - and millions of additional sq. ft. of exhibition, meeting and convention space throughout the destination. 

"That Las Vegas has been the No. 1 trade show destination for 20 years is the result of a tremendous amount of hard work by many talented organizations and dedicated individuals," said Chuck Bowling, president and chief operating officer of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.  "We are all committed to retaining that position for the next 20 years and look forward to creating new reasons for businesses to continue to choose Las Vegas for all their meeting needs."

"What an accomplishment!" said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo. "And over the past twenty years, Las Vegas has become a more compelling tradeshow destination every year.  Our recent multi-million dollar renovation of Sands Expo is a great example of how the hospitality community continues to embrace this important market."

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 .

Pictured here as the LVCVA Board of Directors celebrates 20 years as No. 1 are: front row from left to right:  Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman; Tom Jenkin, Global President of Destination Markets of Caesars Entertainment; Chuck Bowling, President and Chief Operating Officer of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; Board Chairman Tom Collins, Clark County Commissioner;  Board Vice-Chair Lawrence Weekly, Clark County Commission; and Boulder City Mayor Pro Tem Cam Walker.

Second row from left to right: City of Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen; City of Mesquite Councilman George Rapson; Paul J. Chakmak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Boyd Gaming Corporation; Las Vegas Councilman Steven D. Ross; LVCVA President/CEO Rossi Ralenkotter; John Caparella, President and Chief Operating Officer of  The Venetian, The Palazzo, Sands Expo; Gregory Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eureka Casino Resort and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee.

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