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 November 03, 2010
SEMA Show Expecting Big Crowds At The Las Vegas Convention Center

 The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) opens its doors to automotive enthusiasts this week to a big crowd, continuing a string of successful conventions at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"We are expecting a busy show for SEMA this year, which continues a trend we've seen for most of our major conventions this year," said Chris Meyer, vice president of sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "Starting with CES in January and continuing through World of Concrete, MAGIC, National Hardware, InfoComm and others, we have seen attendance increase for most major trade shows this year."

SEMA officials are estimating that approximately 110,000 delegates will attend this year's aftermarket automotive industry show. The economic impact is $103.6 million to the community. Preliminary registration figures also showed a record number of registrations for their new products expo. More than 1,600 new products are expected to be debuted at the show.

SEMA is one of several shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center within the past month that has had strong demand. Both the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and the ABC Kids Expo recorded record attendance during their shows in October.

"Las Vegas is a great destination for SGIA. Participants from around the world come to the SGIA Expo, and Las Vegas is particularly attractive for our west coast community," said Michael Robertson, president and CEO of SGIA. "Las Vegas knows how to support conventions and expositions, and we look forward to returning on a regular basis."

SGIA experienced a record attendance of just under 22,000 attendees, a 51 percent increase over 2009, for their show on October 13 -- 15.

The ABC Kids Expo, which was at the convention center on October 10 -- 13 also experienced record attendance. More than 14,500 delegates attended this year's program, driving attendance up nearly 8 percent compared to the 2009 show.