SEMA 2021 kicks off at Las Vegas Convention Center

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — One of the largest auto trade shows has returned to Las Vegas — SEMA.

The show opened on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center after being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Industry professionals are flocking to the convention center to see the latest in the automobile industry. Manufactures from near and far are showing off the latest and greatest in automotive parts and vehicles.

Tourism officials say the return of the trade show could draw as many as 100,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“It’s all about innovation and discovery and passion. and our industry is so passionate, that it’s going to be great to have everyone get back together after a two-year hiatus and really share some of the things that really energize them,” Tom Gattuso, Vice President of Events for SEMA said.

Electric vehicles are featured this year, and convention attendees will be able to ride Teslas in the underground people mover built between convention center stops by Elon Musk’s The Boring Co.

The show is only open to industry professionals and runs through Thursday. There is a SEMA Show Mobile App available to help attendees cover more ground. It is available for download on both the Apple and Google Play App Stores.

Car enthusiasts can attend the public event on Friday dubbed “SEMA Ignited” in the convention center parking area.

“This is not just for the automotive industry but also the city of Las Vegas, the state of Nevada, and the trade show industry itself,” Gattuso added.

If you plan on attending the show, you must wear a face mask, however, vaccination is not required.

A companion event, the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, is being held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

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