Who wants to be a conventioneer?

(LVCVA photo)
(LVCVA photo)

Note: The ISC West conference referenced below changed course March 6 and organizers announced the event would be pushed back to July.

Adobe canceled an upcoming conference in Las Vegas. The U.S. canceled a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that had been scheduled for later this month. An engineering company canceled a Las Vegas conference “out of an abundance of caution.”

But multiple Las Vegas conventions, including three of the largest this month, are going forward as planned, despite the coronavirus.

ConExpo-Con/AGG, “North America’s largest construction trade show,” has seen “China-based registrants cancel due to the travel restrictions and, more recently, a small number of registrants from Italy and Korea,” reads a message about the coronavirus on the convention’s website.

But the show is going on as planned next week, and organizers anticipate more than 130,000 attendees at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

ASD Market Week, “the largest and most comprehensive trade show for consumer merchandise in the United States,” will go on as planned March 22-25 at the Convention Center, with an expected 46,000 attendees.

The International Security Conference, “THE largest converged security industry trade show in the U.S.” is going ahead as planned at the Sands March 17 through 20 with an estimated 29,000 attendees, according to a message on the conference website.

That website also links to a message from the Sands on “Coronavirus (COVID-10 Preparedness” that reminds readers “at this time there are no federal restrictions in place to prevent travel within the United States.”

The Sands statement, on Venetian stationery, says that as part of preparedness the resort will have “additional restroom attendants to wipe down counters and stalls with disinfectant and having additional staff to disinfect high touchpoints more regularly including escalator rails, elevator buttons and handrails.”

The Las Vegas Convention Center has also “increased cleaning protocols to include more frequent wiping and disinfecting of touch points.”

Both the Sands and LVCC have announced other precautionary measures, such as additional hand sanitizing stations.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.