June 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: Incentive News

Products Expo Moves to Vegas

The Promotional Products Association International Expo, which had been held at the Dallas Convention Center since 1976, has tossed over the Big D for a new venue, the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The Nevada property is currently building a 1.8 million-square-foot convention center, set to open in January.

The show, which attracts 20,000 buyers and exhibitors of promotional products and premiums and uses 350,000 square feet of exhibit space, will be held in the new center Jan. 13-17, 2003. According to Steve Slagle, CAE, president of the sponsoring Promotional Products Association in Irving, Texas, the decision to move to Las Vegas was based on members wanting a “more exciting” destination than Dallas.

Also, the new venue is more cost-effective, he said, with room rates as low as $89 per night. Another plus is the convenience of housing participants in three properties Mandalay Bay and the nearby Excalibur and Luxor casino hotels rather than the 20 properties the association needed in Dallas.

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