Dallas operator Eric Devlin, a 2009 LCT Operator of the Year Award winner, strikes the best post for a Show opening, March 16, 2015. (LCT file photo)
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- What is on track to be the biggest LCT Show in a decade revs up over the weekend as an expected 3,000 attendees gather at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino for the 2016 International LCT Show
Feb. 29 to March 2.
Attendees from almost all 50 states and more about 30 nations start arriving today through Sunday for the biggest annual global gathering of operators, vendors and friends of the global chauffeured transportation and motorcoach industries. Still unknown are the number of last-minute onsite registrants and day pass attendees.
Somebody throwin' a big trade show around here?
The Show is being billed with the "Roaring 20s" theme of "The Great Industry Event." More than 130 exhibitors parking 100-plus fleet vehicles will pack a 200,000 square-foot convention hall over the three days to create a commerce town ideal for browsing, buying, selling, networking and socializing all in one place. The Show
also doubles as an annual industry reunion ripe with limo war story swapping.
And in an unexpected indicator that LCT has not seen since the "Roaring 2000s," the in-house discounted room block at the Mandalay Bay AND the overflow discounted room block at the Luxor Las Vegas next door have sold out. Rooms are still available at both hotels, connected via monorail, but at market rates.
If you thought last year was crowded. . .
Headlining the great event his year will be the industry debuts of the Lincoln-Continental and the Cadillac CT6, two premium, longer-wheelbase luxury sedans that combine a traditional limousine appeal with advanced technologies and amenities. The Lincoln-Continental will be unsheathed at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 29 at the Lincoln exhibit, while the CT6 arrives fully exposed at the 4:30 p.m. show floor grand opening. Both OEMs will host Ask The Manufacturer panels the next morning.
About four-fifths of all exhibitors will be either releasing or debuting a new product, service, and/or upgrade. LCT officially launches LCTconnect.com, the industry's first ever online, real-time affiliate matchmaking site that speeds up the freedom of association for affiliating. Demos will be held at the LCT booth just outside the entrance to the convention hall.
Plenty of engaging, shoulder-rubbing sessions, panels, networking spots, user groups, presentations and meetings await.
Along with frenzied business networking and affiliate connecting typical of LCT trade shows, operators will have plenty of issues to talk about, such as the need for better chauffeur and driver background checks
following the recent Uber driver killings in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The National Limousine Association, co-sponsor of the Show and programmer of the B2B educational sessions, will udpate its members on TNC-related legislative, regulatory and public relations efforts on behalf of the industry during two back-to-back sessions Monday, Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. FULL SHOW SCHEDULE