World of Concrete to be held in-person this June
By Jenny LescohierMarch 24, 2021
World of Concrete (WOC) was officially approved to be held in person in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) this June 8-10.
The construction industry tradeshow received Large Gathering Certification by the Department of Business and Industry to go ahead with a live show, making it the first large event to return to Las Vegas - and the U.S. market - since the pandemic brought in-person meetings to a halt last year.
On the heels of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak increasing large gatherings capacity to 50%, 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 and hopefully ignite 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,” Sisolak added.
“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.”
Kevin Thornton, vice president, operations at Informa Markets said, “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.”
He added, “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 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 transportation solution for meeting attendees. Both systems will be operational for events beginning in June and will adhere to strict health and safety protocols.