Las Vegas Market Press Release

Final Construction Beam Hoisted at The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas

Las Vegas – (Dec. 20, 2019) – International Market Centers (IMC) held a topping off ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, for The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, a new 315,000-square-foot exhibition facility, scheduled to open in summer 2020 in downtown Las Vegas. In attendance were IMC’s Chief Executive Officer Bob Maricich, Executive Vice President of Operations Greg Avitable, Chief Marketing and Digital Officer Dorothy Belshaw, Executive Vice President of Furniture and Home Décor Leasing Scott Eckman, and Executive Vice President and President of Tradeshow Leasing JoAnn Miller Marshall; City of Las Vegas government officials including City Manager Scott Adams, Economic and Urban Development Director Bill Arent, Councilman Cedric Crear, Councilman Brian Knudsen and Councilwoman Victoria Seaman; John Cannito, president and COO of the PENTA Building Group; and Ed Vance, founder and CEO/principal of Ed Vance & Associates Architects. Together, they signed a commemorative “final” beam that was hoisted onto The Expo. (Additional photos of the ceremony are available at 

“We are so grateful for the City of Las Vegas’ support throughout this project,” Maricich said. “We believe The Expo will be a success for downtown Las Vegas and its surrounding areas and this ceremony is a big piece of the puzzle that really brings reality to this project.”

When completed in July 2020, this state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility will feature 315,000 square feet of exhibit space, divisible into two halls – North and South halls – which can accommodate up to 1,000 booths. The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas will feature an expansive lobby area, registration area, onsite shuttle bus depot, attached parking garage and two permanent “grab and go” food service areas.


The facility’s grand opening is expected for the Summer 2020 Las Vegas Market, IMC’s semi-annual marketplace for the gift and home furnishings industries, showcasing 4,300+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in five million square feet of permanent showrooms and temporary exhibition space. During Las Vegas Market, IMC plans to use the lobby of The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas for attendee and exhibitor registration, making the new facility the gateway to its entire marketplace. The Expo’s contiguous positioning with Building C also will improve attendee traffic flow between Las Vegas Market’s permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits.

Outside of the January and July Las Vegas Market dates, The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas will host tradeshows, as well as corporate and private events. For information, contact Kaela Simeonoff, Sales Manager, at, or Jennifer Muna, CEM, General Manager of The Expo, at


Press Contacts:

Dallas Britt, (336) 821-1507

Cathy Steel, 203-340-9251


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