Five Top Trade Show Cities in the U.S.

Now that you and your team have decided to attend trade shows more often, you’ll need to know which cities have the best trade shows so you can make suitable travel plans. Here are some of the best cities to travel to if you want to make sure your company is a noticeable presence at trade shows.


Las Vegas

This city has long been a top trade show destination. Between the years of 2010 and 2012, Las Vegas held more shows on the Top 250 trade show list for Trade Show News Network than any other U.S. city. During this three-year period, Las Vegas held the biggest trade show in America. The city attracts millions of visitors regularly, so when you attend a trade show, there are plenty of other attractions in the city to make the trip worthwhile. It’s cheap to fly into the city and it’s likely you’ll find affordable hotel packages. There is also an infrastructure in the city that makes the city a prime location for large events.


Orlando, Florida

This sunny city is ranked second in Trade Show News Network for the number of trade shows held. The venues offer lots of space and there are several LEED-certified centers. Many of the conference centers and hotels have more than 400,000 square feet, which means you can bring an elaborate trade show exhibit to show off all the best parts of your business.



Chicago made the list at No. 3 for the most trade shows held by Trade Show News Network. The city is also home to McCormick Place, the nation’s largest convention center. There are more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space, so you’ll have no trouble showing all your best products at the trade show table. McCormick Place was also the site of the second largest trade show in the United States in 2012. There are two airports in the city that are both close to downtown, which means there are lots of things to see and do in the city when your team isn’t working on trade show-related business. There are also lots of festivals and conventions going on in the city regularly, which can give you inspiration for how to be more creative for future trade shows.



If your company sells snow-sporting goods, Denver is the best place to attend a trade show. However, the city is also starting to become home to trade shows of various industries. Denver is also a beautiful city with lots of beautiful nature-centered activities and other appealing attractions. The Colorado Convention Center was the world’s first center to get the American Society of Testing and Materials sustainability standard with a level one certification.


New York City

The city that never sleeps has lots to see and do, and it’s an ideal city for trade shows. There are lots of venues in the city for marketing shows and people from various parts of the world visit New York often, which gives you the opportunity to learn about what you can do to appeal to international customers.

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