Show Organizer Input Sought on Revived Las Vegas Convention Center Renovation

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Las Vegas, NV — Plans for an extensive renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center will be revived and likely overhauled after a series of meetings between trade show organizers and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

The LVCVA this month directed the agency’s staff to sound out their top customers about any potential changes they would like to see made to the original renovation blueprints, developed nearly 10 years ago, up to and including adding more space to the center. “Everything is under discussion,” said Chris Meyer, LVCVA vice president of sales.

The original $890 million renovation master plan was drawn up in 2005 but work was suspended in 2008 as the U.S. economy tumbled into a recession. By meeting with show organizers first, the plans will be updated to accommodate their changing priorities.

The new plan will then be drawn up and given a budget. LVCVA officials told the board the renovation work itself could begin in 2014. One likely component will be developing the area around the convention center to tie it in with the surrounding neighborhood and make it more appealing to attendees transiting between the center and their hotel.

The Las Vegas Convention Center is currently No. 3 on the Trade Show Executive World’s Top Convention Center rankings with 1,984,755 square feet of prime exhibit space. During the LVCC’s 53-year history, there have been 14 renovations – roughly one every four years. The busy venue has not undergone a major renovation in more than a decade.

Reach Chris Meyer at (702) 892-0711 or cmeyer@lvcva.com