SIA Moves Snowsports Show To Mandalay Bay

During a special board meeting yesterday, the SnowSports Industries America(SIA) Board of Directors unanimously voted to move the 2003 SIA SnowSportsShow to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and Resort at the same costto exhibitors. The brand new convention center, built as an addition tothe 3,300-room Four Diamond award-winning resort, has 1.8 million square-feetand is located directly on the Las Vegas Strip, within walking distanceto 80,000 hotel rooms. The SIA trade show is scheduled to take place January24 – January 27, 2003.

“We realize this is another change for our exhibitors and attendees,” saidHugh Harley, chairman of the SIA Board and president of Rossignol USA.”The Mandalay Bay Convention Center space only recently became available.When presented with the quality of the facility and the convenience ofthe location, the choice was a simple business decision that we made inthe interest of our members and customers. The Mandalay Resort Group, operatorsof the convention center, has extensive experience in customer service,and is respected worldwide for its fine hotel properties. We appreciatethe outstanding working relationship that we had with the Las Vegas ConventionCenter over the years and plan to maintain those ties in the future.”

The new state-of-the-art facility sits on 16.5 acres adjacent to the existing190,000 square-foot Mandalay Bay Conference Center. The technologicallymodern facility features some of the newest developments in voice, dataand fiber-optic transmission capabilities.

Also included is a 10,000 square-foot business service center, which willbe staffed and equipped to handle the daily business needs of conferenceparticipants and conventioneers. The new center is also designed for easein the load-in and load-out of major trade shows. Three separate tractor-trailerloading docks on two different levels can accommodate 36 trailers simultaneously.When completed, the Mandalay Resort will boast the largest convention andmeeting facility on the Las Vegas strip.The SIA show will take place on two floors, yet each floor will have areduced footprint from the previous year, shortening the time it takesto move from booth to booth. Many meeting rooms are also available forthe vast number of gatherings that take place at the show.

“The Mandalay Bay Convention Center and Resort is a superior conferencefacility with substantial benefits for our members,” said Dick Leffler,chairman of the SIA Trade Show Committee and president of Nils, Inc.

“Its layout and first-class facilities will make it easier to do businessat the show and will bring a renewed energy to the industry’s largest gathering.In addition, the convention center is located in the center of Las Vegason the strip, which will lower travel costs in Las Vegas significantlyfor exhibitors and attendees. Long taxi rides and car rental bills willbe reduced. The food service is excellent and, for those that do bringvehicles, there is more than ample parking. Finally, SIA now has flexibilitywith the show dates, an option we did not have with the previous venue.”

Mandalay Resort Group owns and operates 11 properties in Nevada: MandalayBay, Luxor, Excalibur, Circus Circus and Slots-A-Fun in Las Vegas; CircusCircus in Reno; Colorado Belle and Edgewater in Laughlin; Gold Strike andNevada Landing in Jean and Railroad Pass in Henderson. The company alsoowns and operates Gold Strike, a hotel/casino in Tunica Country, Mississippi.The company owns a 50% interest in Silver Legacy in Reno, and owns a 50%interest in and operates Monte Carlo in Las Vegas. In addition, the companyowns a 50% interest in and operates Grand Victoria, a riverboat in Elgin,Illinois, and owns a 53.5% interest in and operates MotorCity in Detroit,Michigan.

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