NAB is one of the biggest conventions all year long bringing in over 100,00 people
It’s fitting for some of the biggest news coming out of the convention corner of Las Vegas is about broadcasters. Who better to help deliver some pertinent information than the press themselves. Cue the breaking news stinger music here. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show is coming back to Las Vegas.
The NAB convention will take place from April 23-27 next year. This is great news after several failed attempts to hold the annual event in the past 18 months. Every year the NAB brings in almost 100,000 people to Vegas making it one of the biggest conventions held here all year long. For context, that is as if every resident in Fargo, North Dakota up and visited Las Vegas all at one time over the course of four days. That’s a lot of folks, you betcha.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Although the show is still nearly five months away, registration is open right now. That’s the good news. The not so great news is that the actual conferences and exhibits won’t be announced for the next few weeks. The convention will once again be at the Las Vegas Convention Center. And for the first time the hall will be open on Sunday. The usual suspects are expected to be there in terms of networking events and tech demos. And the show is offering up more this time around.
“We are also thrilled to offer new curated experience zones designed to spotlight innovation, stimulate meaningful networking, inspire new ways of thinking and provide premium education, insights and a focus on real-world implementation,” said Chris Brown, EVP and Managing Director of NAB’s Events, in a statement.
THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM
For those of us who lived here in Las Vegas in the spring of 2020, the cancelling of the NAB convention was one of the first signals that the coronavirus was not to be messed with. It was one of the first conventions to pull out of Las Vegas. Then, in April of 2021, the show was once again postponed. Another attempt was scheduled for the Fall, but it was cancelled again due to the Delta variant. That brings us to the much anticipated April 2022 dates with it a lot of finger crossing.
SHOW US THE MONEY
In 2019, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau reported that in 2019 the NAB Show brought in over $153 million dollars to the city. That’s a lot of dough. We did a quick search of hotels for April 23 – 27 and the average cost for a room on the Strip ranged from $200 – $300 a night. Wow-wee, that’s a pretty penny indeed. Though, to be fair, US News says the best times of year to visit Las Vegas are from March to May.
All of this is to say that things are certainly beginning to look up for Las Vegas. Residencies are back. The sports teams are competing with a live audience again. And we are once again welcoming conventions back to our city with open arms.
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