ABC Kids Expo Returning to Las Vegas

SANDI CAIN, NEWS EDITOR
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San Antonio, TX – The ABC Kids Expo is returning to Las Vegas in 2013 after a two-year stint at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Based on its showing in Louisville, organizers may consider an east-west rotation in the future, according to Larry Schur, president of All Baby & Child Inc., parent company of ABC Kids Expo.

“A great number of exhibitors said they had a good or great show in Louisville and told us quality buyers were there, but wanted to return to Las Vegas at least for 2013 in order to better attract the large retailer base in California,” Schur said. He noted that the shift to Louisville was made due to the lack of acceptable available dates in Las Vegas for 2011 and 2012.

Last year’s show in Louisville saw attendance drop roughly 15% to 12,425 compared to 2010, the first time attendance had declined for the nine-year-old show which had earned the #8 slot last year on Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 ranking of the fastest-growing shows. Schur said he was confident the location played little or no role in that decline. “The juvenile products industry saw a significant drop in attendance from specialty mom and pop retailers, primarily due to the large number of retailers that have closed their doors since the 2010 show,” he said.

Last year’s Louisville show spanned 353,000 net square feet of space compared to 367,000 net square feet the previous year in Las Vegas. And the 2011 show drew 987 exhibitors compared to 1,003 in 2010, when the show was ranked #38 among Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 shows.

In welcoming the ABC Kids Expo back to Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority said that the expo generated more than $15.5 million in non-gaming economic impact for the city in 2010, drawing a record14,655 attendees. “We are excited to have them returning to the destination,” said Chris Meyer, LVCVA vice president of sales. “We are confident they will experience the same attendance boost that most shows rotating into Las Vegas do,” he said.

The expo is a partnership of children’s industry manufacturers and retailers whose objective is to promote the children’s products industry. This year, the show runs October 14-17 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Reach Larry Schur at (210) 691-4848 x107 or larry@theabcshow.com