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Las Vegas and Informa Markets Prepare to Host Safe and Successful Citywide Events in Las Vegas, Beginning with World of Concrete in June

March 18, 2021



Las Vegas and Informa Markets Prepare to Host Safe and Successful Citywide Events in Las Vegas, Beginning with World of Concrete in June



Las Vegas’ convention industry re-opening signals a long-awaited return to live trade events in the US, driving economic recovery, innovation and connection with safety prioritized



Las Vegas, NV — March 18, 2021 – Informa Markets’ World of Concrete (WOC) will be the first large show to return to Las Vegas June 8-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), pending the imminent approval of the Large Gathering Certification by the Department of Business and Industry. World of Concrete also represents the first large-scale trade show to return to the U.S. market since the pandemic brought in-person meetings to a halt. On the heels of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak increasing large gatherings capacity to 50 percent, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Informa Markets, the destination’s largest trade show organizer, are partnering to bring meetings and conventions back to Las Vegas, igniting the start of a safe economic recovery for the many industries and communities their platforms serve.

Nevada’s new directive requires meetings, trade show and entertainment venues to certify through the state’s Department of Business and Industry that they will follow the state’s health and safety requirements and protocols and adhere to the prevention principles that have remained consistent: maintain safe social distancing, wear face coverings and practice good hygiene and cleaning measures.

“Las Vegas has been the top convention and meetings destination for many years. We pride ourselves on providing the best facilities, the best service and now, the safest,” said Gov. Sisolak. “We’ve been cautious, but very focused on reopening Las Vegas in the safest way possible for you, our treasured customers, our valued employees and our entire community. With great confidence in the efforts made by our resorts, convention centers and meeting hosts, I say… welcome back! The greatest place to do business in the world is even better.”

Informa Markets creates platforms for a wide range of industries to connect, innovate and do business. As industries and economies around the world look for opportunities to recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, exhibitions provide the ideal platform to rebuild communities and revive local economies.

In addition to WOC, Informa Markets will also host the following trade shows in Las Vegas, with plans to return other keystone events throughout the rest of the year.

  • Vegas Cosmetic Surgery (June 2021)
  • The International Surface Event (June 2021)
  • WasteExpo (June 2021)
  • The Aesthetic Show (July 2021)
  • Inside Self Storage World Expo (July 2021)
  • MAGIC Fall (August 2021)
  • International Roofing Expo (August 2021)
  • Licensing Expo (August 2021)
  • SupplySide West & Food Ingredients North America (October 2021)
  • International Sanitary Supply Association Expo Show North America (November 2021)

    Core to Informa Markets’ return to the show floor is its commitment to safety. This is not conceptual for the global platform organizer—it has successfully and safely hosted several events in Asia under an industry-wide, medically-vetted approach to health and safety known as the All Secure Guidelines, and in February 2021, they hosted their first stateside micro event, ‘MAGIC Pop Up Orlando’, which also used the All Secure as a guide. The pop-up exceeded attendance expectations, which prioritized safety measures like mask wearing, temperature checking, widened aisles, and hand sanitizing stations to preserve the health and safety of all guests.

    The LVCC has a similarly safety-focused approach, having been awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation by ISSA, the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry and considered the gold standard for safe facilities. In addition to their accreditation and the convention industry’s All Secure measures, Las Vegas resort partners also continue to meet and exceed guidelines mandated by state and county leaders and health officials with a comprehensive approach to implementing stringent “Vegas Smart” health and wellness protocols throughout the destination.

    “We are thrilled to be welcoming World of Concrete exhibitors and attendees back to Las Vegas as our first major convention to return to our destination,” said Steve Hill, president and CEO of the LVCVA. “We greatly value our long-standing partnership with Informa Markets and their shared commitment to health and safety protocols to ensure a safe, trusted and “Only Vegas” experience for their attendees.”

    “We are deeply appreciative to Governor Sisolak, the State of Nevada’s Department of Business and Industry, Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District for their leadership, oversight and hard work needed to allow conventions such as World of Concrete to safely reconvene,” Hill concluded.

“As we return to the in-person experiences our customers crave, it’s critical for us to collaborate with industry partners to ensure that our communities can re-connect in meaningful and secure ways. We have a clear and vetted industry-wide set of health and safety measures known as the All Secure Guidelines to guide us as we return those experiences to Las Vegas, ensuring the same rigorous approach to health and safety at all our events,” said Kevin Thornton, VP, Operations at Informa Markets. “The LVCC is a state-of-the-art facility that prioritizes safety and success with the same enthusiasm we do. Through our collective efforts, live events will be able to run safely, signaling a real economic restart for the many communities we serve, as well as the Las Vegas economy.”

The LVCC campus is poised to welcome business travelers back with robust new offerings including the 1.4 million square foot, state-of-the-art West Hall expansion that will debut in conjunction with World of Concrete. The $989 million addition joins the existing 3.2 million square foot campus.

Finishing touches continue on the Convention Center Loop, an underground tunnel system that will transport meeting attendees throughout the entire campus in Tesla vehicles, free of charge. The LVCVA also recently acquired the Las Vegas Monorail, preserving this important transportation solution for meeting attendees. Both systems will be operational for events beginning in June and will adhere to strict health and safety protocols.

Las Vegas relies heavily on the meetings and conventions industry, which represents $11.4 billion in economic impact to the destination. Trade show organizers like Informa Markets meaningfully support resorts and convention centers, as well as local small businesses and vendors including security providers, food and beverage outlets, transportation companies, graphic artists, printers, photographers, furniture companies, equipment rental services, florists, tour operators, and more. The impact, however, does not solely benefit local economies such as Las Vegas, but facilitates growth and development of the global economies their platforms serve, from construction to fashion to health and nutrition, creating opportunities for economic recovery through networking and business. A 2018 study showed that globally tradeshows bring an average of 303 million visitors to host cities each year, supporting 1.3 million jobs and generating $136.9 billion in business sales.

“We create platforms that re-build and re-invigorate industries and regions,” said Nancy Walsh, President, North America, Informa Markets. “We are approaching 2021 with a hybrid model so interested participants can attend in the format that works best for them, but I am thrilled to return to the irreplaceable experience of an in-person trade show. Our platforms serve an important role in relationship building, in discovering innovation, and in revenue-driving for the communities they serve, especially when done in a safe and controlled way. The decision to return to the show floor comes with the commitment from the LVCVA to support our safety measures, as well as considerable feedback from customers that they are not just ready, but eager to return. Every industry has been impacted by the pandemic, and our customers, many of whom are small business owners, truly recognize these platforms are more critical than ever before.”

World of Concrete will be the first trade show to return to the LVCC and the first major event to trade in the US post-pandemic. As they identify meaningful opportunities to connect and engage communities in 2021, Informa Markets is taking a concertedly customer-focused approach to its return to live events, in this case surveying past attendees to ensure the decision to hold World of Concrete is a community- driven one. Of those who responded to the survey, which was managed by a third-party research firm, 80% were likely to attend in June and 97% viewed the decision as favorable to the industry.

To learn more about the Informa AllSecure Standard, visit http://www.informa.com/allsecure. To learn more about Informa Markets events, visit www.informamarkets.com. For more information on the LVCC, visit www.vegasmeansbusiness.com.




Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, targeted digital services and actionable data solutions.


The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide and with operating the 4.6 million square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms and 14 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space in Las Vegas alone, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting leisure and business visitors to the area. The LVCVA also owns the Convention Center Loop, an underground tunnel designed by The Boring Company to transport convention attendees throughout the 200-acre LVCC campus in all- electric Teslas free of charge. It also owns the Las Vegas Monorail, an elevated 3.9-mile system with seven stops throughout the resort corridor. Both transportation systems will operate when conventions reconvene.


Casey Clemenza

Global Director of Corporate Communications, Informa Markets


Lauren Lamb

Vice President of Marketing, World of Concrete


Erica Johnson

Director of Communications, LVCVA



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May 23, 2019






Partnership Makes it Easier for Local Residents to Find and Book Parking in Advance





May 23, 2019, Las Vegas, NV — In response to resident and visitor demands for simpler and more convenient parking, the city has partnered with ParkWhiz to power event parking in Las Vegas, including the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.



“Over the last few years, downtown Las Vegas has experienced significant growth, especially when it comes to events, and one of our biggest complaints is how to find convenient parking,” said Brandy Stanley, Parking Services Manager from the city of Las Vegas. “We wanted to identify a partner to help simplify parking and make it easier for everyone to get to where they need to go.”


ParkWhiz will kick off work with the city around events at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, including this weekend’s Punk Rock Bowling concert series from May 25 – May 27. Attendees can purchase event parking in advance through the ParkWhiz mobile app or on ParkWhiz.com and escape the hassle of trying to find parking. All of the city’s garages are now available for reservations through ParkWhiz, so even if someone is not coming downtown for an event, it is easy to reserve a parking space in advance and know exactly where to park. For any event that is powered by Ticketmaster, people will have the option to book parking along with their ticket purchase.


“We realize that parking is really a means to an end – the thing you have to do before doing what you want to do. We’re excited to partner with the city of Las Vegas to make parking much easier and hassle-free for residents and visitors alike,” said Dan Roarty, President and COO of Arrive, ParkWhiz’s parent company.


For more information or to purchase parking, residents can visit ParkWhiz.com or download the ParkWhiz app.


About ParkWhiz

ParkWhiz is the fastest and most convenient way for drivers to reach their destination. Founded in 2006, the ParkWhiz app helps drivers discover and instantly access thousands of parking spaces across North America, saving them time and money. An official partner of Ticketmaster, the Boston Red Sox, Madison Square Garden and more, ParkWhiz also provides parking as an added-value service to ticket holders and event attendees. ParkWhiz is an Arrive brand and part of the Arrive Network, harnessing the power of apps, voice and in-dash technology to make the final leg of modern travel absolutely effortless. For more information, visit ParkWhiz.com.

City of Las Vegas Expands Passport Mobile Parking App

November 03, 2017



City of Las Vegas Expands Passport Mobile Parking App



PassportParking® app is now available for on-street and off-street spaces across the city




Las Vegas, NV — Passport, the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit in North America, has expanded its mobile parking footprint to the City of Las Vegas. The PassportParking® mobile application is available for users to efficiently navigate their parking experiences via smartphone.


For the past 2 years, the PassportParking mobile app has been available at the city’s surface lots and will now expand its availability to off-street and on-street parking at select locations. With PassportParking, users can pay for their parking sessions from their mobile devices as well as:


  • Monitor their parking sessions
  • Extend time remotely
  • View payment history
  • Receive email receipts


“We’re aiming to digitize the parking experience,” said Brandy Stanley, parking services manager for the city. “Providing the city with alternative parking payment options adds a modern approach to an otherwise traditional process. As a tourist city, we want to make the parking process as simple as possible, and we are able to accomplish that with Passport.”


“Passport is excited to partner with Las Vegas and launch our mobile parking app,” said Nathan Barry, sales executive at Passport. “As one of the top tourist cities in the nation, it’s no surprise that Las Vegas wants to simplify the parking experience. With the addition of Passport’s app, we are able to provide the city with convenient payment options that ease the common pain points of parking.”


PassportParking is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, and parkers can also manage parking online at ppprk.com.




Passport is the industry’s leading mobile technology solution specializing in enterprise business applications and payments for the public and private sector. Passport’s product lines–parking payments, transit payments, enforcement and permit management–collectively serve to deliver dynamic tools for agencies to better connect with their communities. Its services have been adopted by over 300 agencies on over 3,000 locations globally. Passport’s mission is to reduce operational complexity and deliver intelligent data to improve decision making for its clients.


Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Grotech Ventures, Relevance Capital, and MK Capital. For more information, please visit www.passportinc.com.

National Parking Association Leads Certified Parking Professional (CPP) Workshop at Parking Industry Exhibition in Las Vegas

February 10, 2016


Washington, DC (February 10, 2016)—The National Parking Association (NPA) will conduct a three-course workshop, “Knowledge, Skills & Earning Your Credential” at the 2016 Parking Industry Exhibition (PIE) in Las Vegas, NV. The courses will be offered in conjunction with Parking Today and the Parking Industry Expo Sunday, February 28–Tuesday, March 1 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.


The in depth workshop series provides fundamental knowledge, skills and information on being a successful parking leader, and prepares attendees to receive their Certified Parking Professional (CPP) designation—the leading parking professional credential. The workshops cover key knowledge areas from the CPP certification subjects, helping managers understand and lead change in the parking industry. Attendees will learn how to begin the journey towards earning their CPP and how to better brand themselves as parking professionals and leaders.


Build Your Brand: How to Be Your Personal Best as a Parking Leader

Workshop Leader: Colleen Niese, CPP and Vicki Pero, CPP, The Marlyn Group

Sunday, February 28, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.


Today’s parking manager is called on to fulfill many roles. This session teaches the parking professional how to leverage skills, expand knowledge and earn credentials to demonstrate value as a parking pro.


Fundamentals of Parking Management: A CPP Prep Course

Workshop Leader: Brandy Stanley, CPP, City of Las Vegas

Monday, February 29, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.


Parking leaders must understand technology and pricing strategies, and demonstrate strategic and analytical skills. Attendees will learn why fundamentals such as customer service, maintenance and emergency preparedness are important to the delivery of parking programs and services.


Safety & Security: Every Parking Professional’s Responsibility (CPP Knowledge Area)        

Workshop Leader: Dennis Downer, CPP, Douglas Parking LLC

Tuesday, March 1, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.


This deep dive session focuses on two key areas for parking and transportation leaders: safety and security. Participants will learn how to play a key role in effective safety and security for parking employees and customers.


The CPP certificate sets the standard in training and education for the parking industry by highlighting leadership and management skills to help parking professionals advance and strengthen their careers. Parking professionals who experience this unparalleled education opportunity at PIE in 2016 will leave Las Vegas ready to take that next big step in their career—becoming a CPP.




About NPA: The National Parking Association is the nation’s leading parking trade group advancing the interests of the private and public sector in parking technology, sustainable mobility, certification, advocacy, research and education. Founded in 1951, NPA has more than 2,500 members and represents all facets of the parking industry. WeAreParking.org