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  • Writer's picturePaul Pini

Your guide to NAB 2021 (including bar recommendations!)

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) exhibition is held in the LCVV in Las Vegas, Nevada each year and normally in April. It’s the jewel in the crown for Broadcast shows. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the global pandemic and the 2021 event has been scheduled to run 9th to 13th October.

This year, the show is being held in the North and Central halls only. For those visiting the show at the LVCC this year, the venue will look very different with the brand new West Halls open and the innovative “loop” transport system to move visitors from hall to hall. The show is always well attended because, well… Who doesn’t like going to Las Vegas?!

Think Expo Logistics’ Paul Pini shares some of his show experiences with us.

Shipping to the USA is straightforward. From an agent's point of view, we will need a full list of your items and a shipping invoice with HS codes, serial numbers and country of origins. There are lots of air freight options to the USA, flying directly into Las Vegas or via one of the national hubs in LA or San Francisco.

Air shipments should be sent by 10th September as the drayage warehouse is open to receive freight September 13th to September 28th. Direct delivery shipments can be sent as late as 20th October, but please contact us with your requirements.

Exhibitors, don’t forget that there is a drayage system in place, like most US shows. This means that your freight agent cannot operate as they would normally do at other shows you may attend. It's not a case of them grabbing a pallet truck to move a pallet for you, every movement must go through the official contractor.

The drayage contractor also provides labour, furniture and electrical services on site. For any requirements make sure you visit the service desk which will be located in each hall and clearly signed. For the show move out, your freight agent will complete the outbound paperwork for you, but you may have to complete some paperwork and settle your invoice before they are allowed to move your freight so please make sure you visit the service desk on the last day of the show to clear your account.

Las Vegas is not all about work, there are a huge number of exciting things to see and do in the evenings when you have finished all your meetings. Here are some of our favourites:

  • If you are into golf, there is an amazing TopGolf site just behind the strip, where you and your friends can compete over lots of different games.

  • There is the roller coaster around the NYNY hotel, a great option for thrill seekers!

  • You don’t want to miss the Fremont street zipline, which is high above the street. There are many amazing restaurants and bars in Las Vegas, from burger joints (Ramsay Burger in Planet Hollywood is Paul’s favourite) to high end dining like Aureole in Mandalay bay.

  • You are spoilt for choice when it comes to bars, The Chandelier in Cosmo is great bar with a great atmosphere and the view from Skyfall Lounge in Delano Las Vegas has possibly the best view of the strip, but if you like something more down to earth Beer Park outside the Paris hotel has bar games and a great view of the Bellagio fountains.

… Can you tell that Paul cannot wait to get back to Vegas?! We look forward to working with you in Las Vegas and seeking many familiar faces from the Broadcast and Events Industries. For more information on how we can support your NAB show success, please get in touch.

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