I have been meaning to write this post for a while but I thought that it was interesting to note that Las Vegas convention attendance in the month of July showed an increase of 28%. Trade Show News Network reports:
The month of July, though, saw a huge uptick, with 320,724 attendees coming to the city, compared with 249,692 during the same time period last year, according to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority’s Executive Summary.
They say that the upswing was due to some new shows that are in town and that makes sense as Las Vegas has a better draw for those going and attending conventions. The economy is driving shows to where they can have the best attendance and where the professional convention planners and the capital of conventions occurs. This is actually good news as we see some solid numbers increase in Las Vegas the good news will only begin to spread.
Other indicators like room rates that have increased slightly may point to further indicators of economic recovery in the world of conventions and trade shows. We will continue to take a look a the numbers as they are released. Are we looking at a recovery? Or perhaps a short blip in the screen? My gut tells me not to start throwing a party.