Homeward bound: Travel Goods Show elects to stay in Las Vegas

9 Mar

The Travel Goods Show has found a new home in Las Vegas.

While at the Las Vegas Convention Center this week for its 2012 show, the Travel Goods Association’s board of directors voted to bring their show back for the next four years. In the past, the trade show has bounced between the East and West coasts.

“Las Vegas is great for us,” Travel Goods Association President Michele Marini Pittenger said. “Our best attended shows over the years have always been Las Vegas shows.”

Travel Goods will take over the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in 2013, then return to the Las Vegas Convention Center in subsequent years.


Estimated attendance for the 2012 show is 4,500, equal to last year. But, exhibitor space is up.

The Travel Goods’ 2012 show floor is sold out, with a 40-company waiting list. In all, 204 exhibitors will share the 108,000-square-foot floor, which expands from 91,000 square-feet last year.

Exhibitors this year are showing customizable luggage, including pieces that compress contents with a push or a snap and let you create the bag size you need at the time. The show also featured many convertible travel items, including jackets that be can folded into travel pillows.

Also in Las Vegas this week is Exhibitor, which ended Thursday. Exhibitor 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center attracted 6,000 people, up 4 percent from 2011, and had exhibits from 33 countries. At 60,000 square feet, the floor was 14 percent larger than in 2011.

“The show is going extraordinary,” said Randal Acker, president and chief operating officer of Exhibitor Media Group. “The hopeful optimism that has started last year has taken over for 2012.”

Acker said companies that have been reusing exhibits to save money are investing in booths again.

“You can only refurbish so many times,” he said. “Corporate America has some cash and is experiencing some growth.”


Acker said 60 percent of the 2012 attendees came with plans for goods and services to buy in the next few months. Buyers were so eager to get in, there were lines at the door Monday, he said.

“That hasn’t happened in a couple years,” Acker remarked.


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