Held every three years, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 has been crowned the largest tradeshow in North America for its colossal footprint and even larger draw. Co-located with IFPE at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Mar. 4-8, the construction tradeshow takes longer to install and dismantle than to exhibit.
Totaling 43 days between installation and dismantling and actual show hours, the international construction industry education and exhibit brought in nearly 130,000 attendees in four days, achieving the second-highest attendance in its history. Twenty-five percent were international visitors hailing from 124 countries, mainly from Latin America, China, Canada, and Europe.
“The enthusiasm and traffic on the show floor was just incredible. Exhibitors cited the high quality of attendees; they told us these were serious buyers and reported robust sales to existing as well as new customers that exceeded their expectations,” stated Megan Tanel, show director, CONEXPO-CONAGG.
Approximately 2,400 exhibitors debuted over 1,000 new products and materials for the construction industry.
To construct the indoor and outdoor show floor, more than 300 forklifts and 30 cranes were used to move roughly 100 million pounds of freight. Additionally, 17,000 gallons of fuel powered generators, lights towers and other equipment.
Spanning 2.35 million square feet, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 took up the equivalent of 41 football fields. Las Vegas Convention Center, which only offers the equivalent of 35 football fields found ways to accommodate the massive show at off-site parking lots nearby.
Bringing a non-gaming economic impact of $188.7 million to the resort destination, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 is not only the largest North American tradeshow, but also one of the biggest revenue producers for Las Vegas.
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