Conferences across the United States are seeing record attendance as in-person events make a comeback after the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Las Vegas in Nevada, a city which hosts some of the country’s largest events, recently witnessed its highest monthly conference attendance since before the lockdowns, with thousands of construction workers, business owners and suppliers flocking to the region.
The revival was highlighted by the success of ConExpo, the nation’s largest construction industry event, which drew nearly 140,000 attendees. This was the first in-person ConExpo since it closed early three years ago as the pandemic began.
The resurgence of conferences and events is breathing new life into convention halls across the country, revitalising an essential economic driver that was severely impacted by Covid.
Las Vegas leads the recovery
Las Vegas is famous for its vibrant hotels, casinos, theatres and restaurants, and relies greatly on tourism and convention business.
Half of southern Nevada’s $154bn economic output in 2022 came from visitor spending, with tourism the largest employer in the region.
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While the Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise metro area is still recovering from pandemic-induced lockdowns, the return of conferences offers hope for job growth and economic recovery.
Spending by convention attendees last year supported thousands of local jobs, generated billions in wages and had a significant direct economic impact.
The city is therefore eager to welcome back business travellers and reap the economic benefits of their return.