Five Major Tradeshows Sign Contracts With The Sands Expo

(Las Vegas, NV - Jun 14, 2002) In its on-going effort to bolster convention business to Las Vegas, The Sands Expo & Convention Center recently booked five major tradeshows representing an expected attendance of 56,000 convention attendees.

The five tradeshows will be held at The Sands Expo and The Venetian Congress Center, and include the “International Tile and Stone Expo,” expected attendance of 25,000; the “International Security Conference,” expected attendance of 11,000; the “International Vision Expo West,” expected attendance of 12,000; “Billiards Congress of America,” expected attendance of 5,000; and, “Informex,” expected attendance of 3,000. Of these five tradeshows, the “International Security Conference” and “International Vision Expo West” were ranked among the largest tradeshows for 2001 according to the 2002 Tradeshow Week Data Book.

“We couldn’t be more elated with the multiple signings by these top tradeshows. It is indeed a tribute to the convenience and superior facilities of the combined Sands Expo and The Venetian that these shows have committed to our buildings,” said Eric Bello, Vice President of Sales, The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino.

“These tradeshows will experience what 14 of the largest 50 tradeshows experienced in 2001: fantastic service in a fantastic facility at the best location in Las Vegas,” added Bello.

With over 1.2 million square feet of convention and tradeshow space, The Sands Expo, with its direct connection to the 500,000 square foot Venetian Congress Center, provided the essential space and flexible floor-plans for each show. When combined with the luxurious Venetian, convention managers and attendees will have a convenient tradeshow and hotel venue all under one roof.


“As the world’s top tradeshow, convention, and meeting destination, Las Vegas continues to expand its capabilities, services, and sheer size to accommodate a variety of different types of events,” said Bello. “Tradeshow planners are attracted to The Venetian’s amenities and the City’s excitement. These five contracts strengthen the already explosive growth of Las Vegas as a business destination,” Bello added.

The Sands Expo along with The Venetian are among the most flexible conference venues actively seeking to bring new shows and conventions to the Las Vegas Strip. The two were specifically created to provide the very best tradeshow, convention, and meeting space available.

“These new shows will reaffirm Las Vegas’ reputation as a top tradeshow and convention city,” Bello added.

The 1.2 million square foot Sands Expo & Convention Center is the largest privately-owned and operated convention center in the United States, and plays host to some of the world’s largest and most prestigious shows. Under one roof and connected directly to The Venetian via the 500,000 square foot Venetian Congress Center, The Sands Expo is widely recognized as one of the most modern convention, meeting, and exhibit facilities in the world.

When combined, The Sands Expo and The Venetian Congress Center offer 1.7 million square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and convention space, all under the same roof. Its flexible floor plan is versatile enough to configure up to 110 meeting rooms, and includes 65 additional breakout rooms. Of these, 42 can be combined to create three additional 16,500 square foot ballrooms.

Additionally, The Venetian offers guests 3,036 hotel suites (each standard suite measures approximately 700 square feet), 120,000 square feet of casino, the 500,000 square-foot Grand Canal Shoppes, the luxurious 65,000 square-foot Canyon Ranch SpaClub, 500,000 square feet of meeting space at The Venetian Congress Center and a direct link to the 1.2 million square foot Sands Expo.

The Venetian is currently building an additional 1,013-suite hotel tower, which will make it the 3rd largest hotel in the world upon completion in mid-June 2003. The expansion also includes 150,000 square feet of additional convention center space. The suites in the new tower will help to better accommodate convention planners, exhibitors, and attendees.