A press release from the NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation) announced last month that they have come to an agreement with Sands Expo to keep the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas through 2027.
The 2018 SHOT Show attracted over 60,000 attendees and more than 2,000 outdoor/firearm brands through January 23-26. It’s an enormous trade show with approximately 630,000 square feet of exhibit space – that’s equivalent to about 10.9 football fields – held in one of the largest convention centers in the world.
Here’s the full press release from the NSSF:
“LAS VEGAS — On the heels of the recent and extremely successful 2018 SHOT Show, the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) and Sands Expo have announced a two-year extension of their current agreement, which will keep the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show at the Sands Expo through 2027.
“Las Vegas and the Sands Expo have been strong venues for the SHOT Show for nine consecutive years and are counted among the reasons for the show’s success,” said Chris Dolnack, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of NSSF, owner of the show. “With this two-year extension, we look forward to bringing SHOT Show — the city’s fifth largest trade show — back to these venues for years to come.”
Chris Meyer, Vice President of Sales at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), said, “Las Vegas is experiencing record growth when it comes to business travel, and the trade show industry is a critical component to the destination’s continued success. We value the relationships we’ve built with our industry partners and look forward to continuing our work with the National Shooting Sports Foundation in the years ahead.”
Chandra Allison, Senior Vice President of Sales for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo, said, “We are pleased to have maintained a long-term relationship with the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Trade shows like theirs are an important part of our business and the Las Vegas economy overall as they bring business travelers who stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and provide jobs for our community.”
The 2018 SHOT Show attracted more than 60,000 attendees and more than 2,000 companies during its January 23-26 run. The show is open to trade professionals only and not to the general public.
The new agreement caps a big year for SHOT Show, which marked its 40th anniversary overall, 20th year in Las Vegas and ninth straight year at the Sands Expo.
According to LVCVA, the overall economic impact of the 2018 SHOT Show to Las Vegas was $127.2 million, bringing the cumulative economic impact of the show to the city to $1.1 billion.
SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world.”
This was my first year attending SHOT, and my head was definitely spinning when I first walked through the doors into the massive showroom. It appears overwhelming at first, but after cruising the floor a while, I was able to get my bearings down pretty well – did I mention there’s multiple floors to navigate as well?
And don’t forget about Range Day.
That’s when attendees are able to get their hands on all the new firearms, and test them out firsthand, and a range in the middle of the dessert is a great place to do that!
Overall, I’m pretty excited about the announcement to keep SHOT in Vegas for eight more years.
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