Commerce, CA The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers is moving its biennial AWFS Fair to the Las Vegas Convention Center starting in 2005, the association announced.
The AWFS Fair, which began in Los Angeles in 1957 and has been held biennially at the Anaheim Convention Center since 1987, draws some 27,000 attendees, with more than 760 exhibiting companies, according to show officials. By moving the show to Las Vegas, organizers predicted an increase in both exhibitors and attendees.
The show is aimed at the furniture, woodworking, cabinet manufacturing and fabrication sectors, and has direct ties to the kitchen and bath market.
"A great deal of research and investigation went into this decision," said AWFS president Tom Orlando. "First and foremost, we believe the event, which will be known as "AWFS Vegas," will gain a greater national and international presence as a result of moving to one of the premier convention destinations in the world. In addition, we were encouraged by several surveys, which indicated that potential attendees and exhibitors would be more likely to attend the show if it were held in Las Vegas.
"Nevada is a right-to-work state, making it easier
for exhibitors to assemble their booths; and lodging for both
attendees and exhibitors will also be easier due to the frequent
and inexpensive airline flights from many of the major US and
international hubs, as well as the huge variety of hotels in every
price range near the Las Vegas Convention Center," he added.