November 1, 2007
If you haven’t registered for the big show yet,
you’d better do it soon.
by Kerry L. Clines, Associate Editor
A record-breaking crowd of industry
professionals from around the world is expected to descend on the Las
Vegas Convention Center from March 11-15 for ConExpo-Con/Agg, so show
management is encouraging everyone to register early.
Once again, the event will be the international
gathering place where all the latest equipment, products, services, and
technologies pertaining to the aggregates, building, and ready-mixed
concrete industries can be found. The exhibit area will encompass a
record 2.2 million net square feet of indoor and outdoor space, allowing
more than 2,000 exhibitors to showcase their wares. The show will be
divided into product concentration areas, grouping similar products and
companies, making it easy for visitors to locate the specific products
that interest them. An interactive product locator system will be
available on the show floor, allowing attendees to search by company or
product, and will provide information about seminars and meetings.
In addition to getting a close-up look at the
latest and greatest products and equipment, attendees will be able to
choose from more than 120 education sessions, certification programs,
and conferences. The most difficult decision will be selecting which
ones to attend.
The education sessions are grouped into 10 basic
categories to make it easier to find those that pertain to your
particular business or problem. Categories include aggregates, asphalt,
concrete, construction project management, earthmoving, equipment
management, management, personal development, recycling/environmental,
and safety. Many of the sessions will also be available in Spanish,
Russian, and Portuguese.
Where to stay
Experient has been appointed as the official
housing provider for the big event. More than three dozen hotels are
listed as “Official Show Hotels,” providing exclusive discounted rates
for show attendees. Most of these hotels are located on or near the strip or convention
center, but a few are located in downtown Las Vegas. Prices range from $89 per night at some of the downtown
hotels to $285 per night at the Las Vegas Hilton adjacent to the
For an up-to-date list of hotels, rates, and
room availability, and to make hotel reservations, go to the ConExpo-Con/Agg
Web site at
Those planning to fly in for the event should
contact Experient, the official travel coordinator for the show. The
company can provide custom itineraries with the lowest applicable
airfares and best travel times.
American Airlines is the official airline for
the show and is offering a 5-percent discount off its lowest applicable
fare for show attendees. The discounts are available on other Oneworld
carriers as well. To receive these discounts, contact Experient at
800-621-1083 (847-910-1176 outside the United States and Canada),
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday;
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or call American Airlines
directly at 800-433-1790 and refer to authorization #A1838AD.
Once you arrive in Las Vegas, an endless number
of taxis, shuttles, and limos will be at your disposal to get you to
your hotel, to the convention center, or anywhere else you may want to
Complimentary shuttle buses will provide service
between the official show hotels and the convention center during the
show dates. This year, the shuttle buses will also include service to
and from the official show hotels located downtown. A complete shuttle
bus schedule showing routes and times will be available at each of the
official show hotels and at the information booths at the show.
Of course, the best place to get answers to all
your questions, find additional information about the show, make
reservations for a hotel, and register for the event is the ConExpo-Con/Agg
Remember, advance registration ends
Feb. 8, and that’s only three months away. So if you haven’t registered
yet, do it soon…and we’ll see you in Vegas!!