AAPEX attendee survey: We’re ready to return to Las Vegas

AAPEX is scheduled to return to the Sands Expo and will appear for the first time at the newly constructed Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas Nov. 2-4.

Karl Rove speaking at AAPEX 2018. Photo by Mark Phillips/Aftermarket Intel
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A survey says 86 percent of AAPEX show attendees are ready to return to an in-person show, show organizers say. 

The survey was conducted in April by Freeman, a global leader in events, as part of its event research report, a press release from AAPEX management says.

AAPEX is scheduled to return to the Sands Expo and will appear for the first time at the newly constructed Caesars Forum Conference Center in Las Vegas Nov. 2-4.

“Survey results show that 75 percent of attendees are either already vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated, boosting comfort and confidence in a return to in-person events,” the press release states. “After they receive the vaccine, 88 percent will be ready to return to in-person events.”

Las Vegas is eagerly awaiting the return of some of the country’s largest trade shows, after a large-scale shutdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. World of Concrete, a show which normally draws nearly 60,000 attendees from the global concrete and masonry constructions industry, is the first such trade show to return, coming in early June. The show takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will be the first show to occupy the West Hall Expansion Project.

The survey of AAPEX attendees reveals a strong preference for in-person shows after more than a year of virtual meetings. “90 percent indicate in-person events are ‘irreplaceable’ noting the show floor and networking are most important. Attendees are excited to test and compare the latest offerings in person, with 55 percent indicating they prefer the ability to evaluate products at the event,” AAPEX said in the press release. “Of those surveyed, 89 percent are the key decision-maker or have significant influence on getting attendance approved for events.”

AAPEX is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).

“To help ensure as safe and productive an event as possible, AAPEX Event Management and AAPEX co-owners – the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) – will take all appropriate and advisable precautions and measures as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for COVID-19. All attendees and exhibitors will be informed accordingly of any new or updated procedures, plans and details as they are determined, put in place or evolved moving toward the event in November,” AAPEX said in its press release.

To register, visit attendee registration on the AAPEX website, aapexshow.com.


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