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Las Vegas Convention Business Improving

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LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is welcoming back a convention after a two-year absence.

The ABC Kids Expo is expected to bring in 14,000 people over the next four days and generate nearly $18 million.

Las Vegas was home to the ABC Kids Expo, which features thousands of items for babies and moms, for more than five years before losing it to Louisville, Kentucky.

Like thousands of meetings and shows, the expo moved after the recession, but the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says many are coming back.

Show organizers say they decide where to hold an event based on things like room rates, transportation, and attendee appeal.

"It was a hook of all of our members standing up saying, 'we want to go back to Las Vegas.' There was a generally hue and cry to come back, and they were right," chairman of the ABC Kids Expo Scott Krueger said.

The LVCVA says moving a show, convention or expo to Las Vegas usually means a 13 percent increase in attendance. Last year, nearly 5 million convention delegates visited the Las Vegas valley, according to the authority.

The LVCVA also says, in recent years, more shows have been coming to Las Vegas. In 2012, there were nearly 22,000 events, just 2,000 shy of the all-time high set in 2007.

"It is the perfect spot for them. They are able to do serious business during the daytime. In the evening, they are able to interact, meet one another. I think it is a great show," LVCVA ambassador Oscar Goodman said.

Exhibitors say they prefer a convention in Las Vegas to anywhere else.

"I think it is a lot busier. People are more attracted to coming to Las Vegas than Kentucky," Gabriela Ramer with GK Baby Products Inc. said, "We're currently looking for as many distributors and retailers around the world. So the more exposure we get, the better, right? The more people see our product the better,"

Most of the companies at the ABC Kids Expo are from the United States but there are exhibitors from 64 other nations.

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