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ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) announced it's changing the dates and location of this year's NACS Show now that New Orleans will not be able to accompany the event, which was slated to take place October 30-November 2.
NACS Show 2005 will now be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 15–18 in Las Vegas.
Since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast, NACS officials had been researching viable options in the event that New Orleans was to inform them that it was not capable of hosting the NACS Show this year, according to a statement released by the Association.
Upon receiving that news Thursday, the NACS Executive Committee unanimously approved the relocation and rescheduling of the show to Las Vegas, where it was also held last year.
"The decision to relocate the event was made after an intensive examination of resources to determine not only if a NACS SHOW could be held, but held with the same high standards that is expected of NACS. We are confident that this will be accomplished," NACS said in a statement it sent out to its members and posted on its Web site.
The NACS Show draws 25,000 attendees from the United States and over 40 foreign countries and features gross exhibition space of almost 1 million square feet and over 1,400 exhibitors.
The relocation to Las Vegas will incorporate as many existing plans and commitments as possible. A headquarters hotel room block at the Las Vegas Hilton has been secured that exceeds that contracted for the NACS SHOW in New Orleans, and the Las Vegas Convention Bureau also committed to providing enough additional rooms for the full show contingent.
The tradeshow floor will be designed to resemble, as closely as possible, the New Orleans show's layout. The expo will take place in a more centrally located area of the Las Vegas Convention Center than the area used last year. It will encompass the same one-level hall that was used for the NACS SHOW 2001, the association reported.
However, there will be a few differences in the NACS Show given the change. First, the show will now take place Tuesday through Friday, as opposed to the typical Las Vegas schedule of Sunday through Wednesday. Second, NACS will not conduct store tours, tours of local attractions or the post-show store tour designed for international attendees.