Vendors and economists weigh on the return of the Las Vegas convention industry

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Businesses and vendors are excited to see the convention industry return to Las Vegas. 8 News Now spoke to an economist to learn how southern Nevada is preparing.

“It’s a big part of our business,” said business owner Jessica Marshall of conventions and trade shows.

Her flower shop, Miss Daisy, is one of many local places preparing for a surge in demand.

Jessica Marshall – owner of Miss Daisy

“Upgrade my team and get my wholesalers in place,” Marshall said. “For the kind of business that will get away with it.”

Out of town vendors like Southern California’s TuffSkin are planning a return to the valley.

“We have new marketing materials,” TuffSkin owner Katie Friedlander told 8 News Now. “We came up with more things to engage our customers.”

However, after months of closure, layoffs and downsizing, is our city ready to serve hundreds of thousands of guests?

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“Hopefully this is some kind of an effort to get back up and running,” said Jeremy Aguero, principal analyst for applied analysis, of what he expects in the coming months.

Aguero believes the transition may be difficult at first, but he said the recovery of our economy is nothing more than good news.

“Will it be stressful, will one person be asked to do more than one job, could the visitor experience be affected in some areas?” Aguero said about the coming months. “Yes, all of these things will take place.”

In addition, industry representatives said they couldn’t wait to increase future demand for trade shows.

“The events industry has been one of the hardest hit in Las Vegas,” said Marshall. “We just have to turn it on again.”

“We’re ready to rock and roll,” concluded Friedlander.

World of Concrete is the first major convention slated for June 2021, while CES recently announced that it will return to Las Vegas in January 2022.

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