CES 2017 Owner Applauds Nevada General Assembly

Posted: Oct 21 2016, 3:41am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 21 2016, 3:44am CDT , in CES


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CES 2017 Owner Applauds Nevada General Assembly
  • CES owner applauds Nevada General Assembly for Approving Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion While CES Unveiled Prague Speakers and Exhibitor Lineup Announced

Gary Shapiro, the President and CEO of CTA, is happy with the renovations of the Las Vegas Convention Center

Gary Shapiro the CEO and President of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is very happy. Shapiro also known as the owner and producer of the CES (Consumer Electronics Show)is particularly very happy with the Nevada General Assembly.

So much so Shapiro expressed his delight by applauding the Nevada General Assembly. The reason for his happiness is the recent approval of the Las Vegas Convention center expansion by the assembly. Shapiro has applauded the expansion move which will pave way for Las Vegas to thrive as a tradeshow destination.

This week the Nevada General Assembly had convened to discuss vital plans for the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). The LVCC is not only the destination of the CES but it is also the main choice for numerous events when counted they go into the thousands.

According to the assembly the renovation were much needed and was essential for economic vitality and diversification to grow in their city of Las Vegas. The bill for the renovations will be signed by the Governor Brian Sandoval on Monday.

According to Shapiro CES draws more than 165,000 people to Las Vegas every year in January. Therefore not only was the renovation of paramount importance solely for the city but also for the CES events.

As the tech industry grows CES events require more space for exhibitions. The expansion also proves Las Vegas is the world’s best exhibition city.

“After State Senate approval, we now commend the Nevada General Assembly for investing in the future of Las Vegas by approving the much-needed expansion and renovation of the LVCC. This project is essential to the economic vitality and diversification of Las Vegas, cementing the city’s standing as home to the nation’s largest meetings and conventions. We are excited that Governor Brian Sandoval will sign the bill on Monday, keeping Nevada’s economic future top of mind.

“As owner and producer of CES, which draws more than 165,000 attendees to Las Vegas every January, the renovation and expansion of the LVCC is paramount. It is critical for the continued growth and future of our show in Las Vegas and the many benefits CES contributes to the local economy and community at large. CES currently uses more than 2.4 million net square feet of exhibit space, occupying most of the convention space available in Las Vegas. Our show reflects and drives the expansion of technology as a core part of almost every major global industry. As our industry grows, so does our need for more exhibition space and more modern and tech-friendly facilities.

“This January marks the 39th year CES has been held in Las Vegas, a city known for betting on its own success by investing in new facilities, hotels, restaurants and infrastructure. The revitalization of the LVCC is critical for Las Vegas to maintain its top billing as the world’s best exhibition city with state-of-the-art, high tech convention facilities.

“The General Assembly’s decision to support the infrastructure necessary to keep Las Vegas as the world’s top destination for business events will support thousands of jobs and contribute millions of dollars to the local economy. Approval for the LVCC’s renovation and expansion illustrates the innovative spirit that embodies the city of Las Vegas. We look forward to a revitalized LVCC – one that captures the business experience that put Las Vegas on the map as a global destination and paints a bright future for this dynamic city.”

CES also announced some very important diplomats from both the US and Prague will be joining their event. First off the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Prague; Kelly Adams-Smith, will come to CES. Secondly the Czech Minister of Trade and Industry: Jan Mládek.

“Prague has been at the heart of technological advancements in Central Europe for centuries,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “With a thriving startup scene, the Czech capital is now globally recognized as a technology hotbed. We look forward to hearing from government and Embassy leaders on the vision for this region and plans for the future. .”

The CES Unveiled Prague networking reception & tabletop exhibition will feature these tech companies, including:

  • BigClown Labs
  • CzechInvest
  • CZ.NIC
  • ESET Software
  • Logitech
  • Notia
  • Prusa Research
  • Takeplace
  • Zoner Software

"The number of Czech startups is growing year by year,” said Karel Kučera, CEO of CzechInvest. “The Czech Republic is home to the second largest number of newly established startups in Central Europe. Globally, the Czech start-up ecosystem is still developing and has very interesting global potential, mainly in the area of ICT, as is evident by merger of AVASR and AVG."

CES Unveiled Prague will run from 11:30 AM-3 PM on Thursday, October 20 at the Boscolo Prague Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. A full list of exhibitors can be found here.

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