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AWFS fair moving to Las Vegas in 2005.

The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers announced Dec. 16 that it is moving the AWFs Fair to the Las Vegas Convention Center starting in 2005.

The fair, which began in Los Angeles in 1957 and has been held biennially at the Anaheim Convention Center since 1987, averages 27,500 participants including attendees and exhibitors, with more than 760 exhibiting companies. By moving the show to Las Vegas, organizers predict an increase in both of these categories. The 2005 show--is scheduled to utilize more than 420,000 net square feet.

"A great deal of research and investigation went into this decision," said Tom Orlando, president of AWFS. "We selected Las Vegas for numerous reasons. First and foremost, tire board of directors believes the AWFS Fair 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." Orlando continued. "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 U.S. and international hubs, as well as the huge variety of hotels in every price range within a very short distance of the Las Vegas Convention Center."

The 2005 AWFS Vegas show dates are Wednesday, July 27 through Saturday, July 30.
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Date:Jan 1, 2004
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