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News   September 21, 2001   by Auto Service World

Las Vegas Aftermarket Shows Will Go Ahead, say Organizers

Aftermarket shows are to go ahead as planned in Las Vegas, show managers have confirmed.
Show managers from Comdex, Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), Fun Expo and Amusement Music Operators Association (AMOA) confirmed with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) that they plan to move forward with their scheduled trade shows in Las Vegas.
The shows, scheduled between early October and mid-November, represent a total of nearly 300,000 delegates and an economic impact of $405 million.
“With all the security being implemented at our airports, traveling is about as safe as can be possible,” said Charles Blum, president of SEMA. “To stay away from any large gathering is to give in to the terrorists and tell them they have won.”
Last year Las Vegas hosted more than 3,700 conventions, trade shows and corporate meetings with a combined attendance of nearly 4 million people.
Since the horrific events of September 11, Las Vegas has seen about three conventions and 240 smaller meetings canceled, with a combined attendance of about 75,000 people. Virtually all of the cancellations are shows which were to have been held in the next eight weeks.
“The news today represents a huge economic boost of confidence for Southern Nevada’s tourism and convention industry in the wake of last week’s tragic events,” said Manny Cortez, president and CEO of the LVCVA.
— Fun Expo, a family entertainment industry tradeshow, will be in Las Vegas October 4-6 with an estimated attendance of 5,500 people.
— AMOA, a show for representatives from the amusement, music, vending and entertainment industries, is also meeting October 4-6 bringing in an estimated 6,500 delegates.
— SEMA is an automotive products show, scheduled October 30 – November 2, with an estimated attendance of 75,000 people.
— Comdex, a computer software trade show, is scheduled November 12-16 with an estimated attendance of 200,000 people.

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