Look back at 2021 when Las Vegas went back to business welcoming large meeting groups to the destination. Nothing can match the energy and excitement of meeting in person, and Las Vegas showed why it is consistently the No. 1 destination to host meetings, events and trade shows.
Las Vegas returned to pre-pandemic guidelines on June 1, 2021 including removing all restrictions involving capacity limits, gathering sizes and more, clearing the way for large meetings and events to resume.
June 8 was a banner day for the industry as the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) debuted the Las Vegas Convention Center’s (LVCC) 1.4 million-square-foot West Hall expansion, followed by doors opening to Informa Markets’ World of Concrete, the first major convention to return to Las Vegas – and the U.S. – post-pandemic.
“We are excited to welcome our convention customers back to Las Vegas and to our new West Hall, reigniting the meetings and convention industry,” Steve Hill, LVCVA president and CEO said during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the West Hall that day. “It’s not only a great day for our city, it’s a great day for the meetings and conventions industry across Las Vegas and across the United States.”
Informa Markets has plans to host 10 additional events in the destination – including MAGIC, Aug. 9–11 – before the end of the year, and World of Concrete will return to the LVCC in January 2022.
The 550,000-square-foot CAESARS FORUM opened last year, and the venue welcomed the Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) World Education Congress June 15–17 as the first large-scale conference to use the entire space.
Other major shows set to make their triumphant annual return to Vegas include:
- International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 20 – 23
- International Roofing Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Aug. 10–12
- U.S. Travel Association’s IPW at the LVCC Sept. 18–22
- Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at The Venetian Expo Oct. 4–7
- National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) at the LVCC Oct. 10–13
- Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) at the LVCC and The Venetian Expo Nov. 2–5
- Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the LVCC from Jan. 5–8, 2022
These are a just a sampling of the large events and shows that will make their way back to convention and event centers throughout Las Vegas the remainder of 2021 and beyond.
With more than 14 million square feet of event space and over 150,000 hotel rooms available, Las Vegas offers unparalleled meeting and event options. The destination offers world-class resorts and venues, with most hotels located within 15 minutes of Harry Reid International Airport; outstanding choices for dining; and, of course, seemingly endless entertainment experiences.
The destination has worked hard to make sure you can hold in-person events of all sizes with confidence, all while enjoying the experiences of the new era of meetings you’ll only find in Vegas.