Last year’s World of Concrete, the large concrete and masonry focused convention hosted in Las Vegas every year, was one of the very last normal events that our industry has been able to take part in since the pandemic started. While it is typically held in January every year, this year’s event will be pushed back a few months…but it’s actually happening.
On June 8-10, the 2021 World of Concrete will be the first large show to return to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) in over a year. This announcement comes on the heels of Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak increasing large gatherings capacity to 50%.
“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, in a press release. “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.”
Other than that desert heat we’ll now have to contend with now that the show will be in June, the Las Vegas Convention Center and the hosts of the event, Informa, intend to follow strict health and safety guidelines to keep attendees as safe as possible. According to their press release, they will be prioritizing the use of masks, temperature checks, providing hand sanitization stations, and widening aisles.
Helping with the social distancing aspect will be the new West Hall Expansion at the LVCC, which was a whopping 1.4 million square foot, $989 million addition. To help navigate the already massive space, the convention center’s visitors authority will be providing free rides in a Tesla in their underground tunnel system.
“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.”
Do you plan to attend the 2021 World of Concrete? Let me know in the comments.