Sands Expo To Be Renamed The Venetian Expo

The popular Sands Expo & Convention Center is getting a new name. It will now be called The Venetian Expo.

The rebrand follows the sale of Venetian, Palazzo and the convention center to Apollo Global and Vici Properties.

The name change to The Venetian Expo happens Sep. 2, 2021.

Sands Expo Las Vegas

Sands Expo got a fancy new sign in 2013. We’d say “dibs,” but we’d need a bigger house.

Conventions rank as the second most boring thing about Las Vegas. First is a tie between timeshare sales presentations and our sex tapes.

While conventions may be boring, they are being touted as the future of Las Vegas, and lots of hopes have been pinned on a convention rebound and boom.

Convention space is everywhere in Vegas.

The Las Vegas Convention Center just opened its billion-dollar expansion, and Caesars Entertainment has yet to flex its new $375 million Caesars Forum Conference Center.

Against all odds, work has even begun on opening JW Marriott Las Vegas Blvd. (previously Fontainebleau) due to its proximity to the convention center.

The Sands Expo & Convention Center has always been a major player in the Las Vegas convention sphere, and now that Sands has pretty much bailed on Las Vegas, a rebrand to The Venetian Expo makes sense.

Fun fact: All the rooms at The Venetian Expo were inspired by games kids play in pools.

In related boring news, The Venetian Congress Center  will be called  The Venetian Convention Center.

The Venetian is expected to host several of the top trade shows in the country this year, including a gathering of the American Urological Association. So, if you’re into that kind of thing,
you’re in luck.

Please keep repeating “you’re in” until you get the joke, thanks.

The Sands Expo consists of 2.25 million-square-feet, which makes it a challenge to find comfortable shoes.

Venetian just launched a new virtual meeting planner thingy on its Web site.

The virtual planner is a lot of fun, even if your only plan is to waste a few hours online. Make sure to click through to all the venues, as the walk-throughs of the spaces are spectacular.

Mott 32

We can’t afford to eat at Mott 32, but we can virtually ogle the hell out of it.

The Sands Expo opened in 1990 behind what was then the Sands Hotel.

The Sands was imploded in 1996, mainly because it was rumored one-time  owner Howard Hughes stored his mason jars full of urine there.

Sorry, “you’re in.”

See, if you wait long enough, it all ties together.

Anyway, Sands Expo will now be called The Venetian Expo. You can start calling it that any time, really. Referring to something that’s been around forever by a new name is tough.

People still refer to Virgin as Hard Rock, The Strat as Stratosphere, The D as Fitzgerald’s, TI as Treasure Island and Resorts World as Stardust.

That last one might just be us, but you get the idea.

19 thoughts on “Sands Expo To Be Renamed The Venetian Expo

  1. MrBuzzkill

    The Venusian Expo. I love everyone, but I can’t stand Venusians. So stoned. I get a contact high just giving them directions to Area 15. I might have misunderstood, tho. The Venusian accent is quite nuanced.
    This was bound to happen after the late Adelson implied Sands was going to be their asian brand. Then, poof! Gone.

  2. BST

    Enjoyed reading even that yes I agree conventions =boring . Don’t know why but I’ll miss seeing that ” Sands Expo”. Passed by on this months visit Maybe just thatl familiar things changing sometimes saddens me a bit. Go figure .

  3. Hideki

    Saw that Caesars convention space last month and didn’t realize it was a thing. Had to ask what it was.

    While I know that the LV convention center is different than the former Sands convention center, conventions are a nonissue in my world, so I need not refer to any of them by any name. All I know is I hope that the next time I’m at South Point, the Asian beauty pageant is going on, or whatever it was when I ate Sunday brunch there a couple of years ago. Ooh la la!

  4. Michael Alexakis

    The American Urological Association… Plumbers they are called, wear protective gear to this meeting, these folks check prostates… It’s very likely a group of medical doctors like these people will not come to Las Vegas for a meeting during a pandemic. People are free to think the current Covid surge will disappear like magic, and that businesses and professionals are willing to risk their safety with a novel virus spreading out of control at a convention. Spoiler alert. They won’t. If the Las Vegas Casino/Resorts want conventions back this year, it’s time for them to get bold and proactive. This summer has already proved that enough vaccine holdouts exist to keep us from achieving the elusive “herd immunity” we all want. This needs to get solved, Las Vegas is the center of the travel universe, but you would not know that from the fealty these businesses are showing to the weekend warriors that are keeping the lights on and the sugar high raging… This too will pass, the Vegas economy needs more than two nights a week big crowds…

    1. Anthony F.

      Some people want to live their lives in fear, others are willing to wash their hands and get our economy back on track. If a few medical folks want to err on the side of caution, that’s on them.

      1. JP

        Some people want to deny science and are too scared to get a vaccine, others want to actually beat this virus.

      2. Michael Alexakis

        It is not just a few doctors, it’s everyone, every business, conventions will not return to Las Vegas until Covid is in the rear view mirror. They could re-name this convention center the Free Beer Convention Center, and it still won’t fill up until the virus is tamed. Convention space used to be so tight in Las Vegas that they for years denied the American Academy Of Orthopedic Surgeon’s space for their convention, my dad is one and I would tag along, they don’t like Ortho’s because they go to bed early and don’t drink until they puke or gamble away the family farm. Now there is plenty of space for any group to meet, too much in fact to fill up. It’s time in my opinion to stop the denials and proactively fix the problems…

        1. Anthony F.

          If you’re vaccinated, everything is fine. You people act like this thing is still having an impact on most Americans. It’s not. Get a vaccine, live your life.

          1. Sam87

            I for the life of me can’t understand why people are afraid of a vaccine because of potential and unknown side effects or long term effects, but are willing to get a virus that has unknown short term and long term effects (and has killed millions worldwide). It makes no logical sense unless it’s all pure political tribal BS.

            I got the vaccine and had nothing more than mild arm soreness for a few hours.

          2. Michael Alexakis

            I wish it was that simple, and for a short time it did appear that enough folks were going to get vaccinated to defeat this. Now we are going back to misery, this should have been something we all did together, this notion that vaccinated folks can just chug along like nothing is happening seemed in May of this year to be a possibility…

  5. JP

    “While conventions may be boring, they are being touted as the future of Las Vegas, and lots of hopes have been pinned on a convention rebound and boom.”

    I hate to say this but with all the terrible decisions these casinos have made in recent years which have been alienating the customer base, conventions may be the only future of Las Vegas. Now that sports betting is being legalized in almost every state and casinos are already there, Vegas doesn’t have the monopoly on gambling. When they start making decisions like watering down “complimentary” drinks, charging fees for everything, replacing buffets with overpriced “celebrity” chef restaurants, keeping table limits at $25 min at like 6am (for the tables they aren’t removing to put in more slots), restructuring pay tables by offering less return (like triple zero roulette), and giving little to no customer service while sticking it to the customer every way possible, of course less people are going to come there.

    I love coming to Vegas and I don’t want to see it fail but these casinos are bringing the failure upon themselves. They can’t make a return of 1000% on every aspect of the trip and it seems that is what they are trying. In a grocery store many dry goods are sold at cost and sometimes at a loss to get people in the door to spend money on other things that are marked up and profitable (meat, pharmacy, dairy, etc). A business model that makes everything profitable when their product is readily available elsewhere is doomed to fail in the long term.

      1. BST

        I agree Mike . I am already having less and less incentive to travel there . Have a lot of nice memories though ! As I can tell you do as well .

    1. BST

      Yes ! So true the casinos are bringing the failure upon themselves. My cousin and I were just talking about that the other day.
      The virus of course had/has a big part in people staying away and we figure when things get really bad they’ll blame it 100 percent on that when it won’t be entirely true.
      It is a sad situation all around .

    2. Boulder Steve

      I’m not going to fly to Vegas to play blackjack because they serve free bottles of Bud Light.

      But given I have to pay for any beers or cocktails at my home tribal owned casino, which I won’t, Vegas adds value to the experience by serving me comped drinks while playing. That’s not the reason I go to Vegas, but it’s one of the perks of the trip. With plenty of gambling options everywhere I go that’s not a tribal casino (crappy scratch off lottery tickets at every grocery and gas station, and crappy pull tabs at too many bars), Vegas should be reminding me that it’s still the premiere gambling destination in the United States. Instead casinos water down the cocktails to the point that after a night of playing cards, I wonder when they’re going to start serving me a cocktail that has booze in it. Brilliant strategy!

      Fun fact! My friend in Iowa was at a casino last night. No problem finding $5 blackjack tables. I get casinos took it in the shorts during the pandemic shut down, as unnecessary as it is. (Wash your hands, everything will be fine.) But expecting everyone to play $25 blackjack isn’t going to pay off in the long run. Perhaps these higher minimums are a result of pent up demand. Once that subsides, casinos will work harder to attract customers. Ha!

    3. the vegas tourist

      I love these doomsday trolls! We are at 90% occupancy with room rates in the triple digits and almost every imaginable fee on the tickets… Plus we haven’t even seen the foreign markets hit us yet. Yup, we are surely doomed, I tell you, doomed!!

      I’m not a fan of all this change either and I hate all the fees and other crap, but people keep coming because Vegas does the one thing it has always done. Las Vegas evolves. It changes to what the market wants and market needs.

      1. BST

        Well for one people were home with things shut down or heavy restrictions for so long and many people wouldn’t visit until they were vaccinated so pent up demand could be a possibility for the 90% occupancy with room rates in triple digits . Maybe not ,maybe you are correct .But Vital Vegas and other sources have said tourism was down pre- pandemic anyway .
        Time as always will tell.
        Change can be good or bad and many people having less and less incentive to visit doesn’t sound good . No doomsday trolls .

      2. Scott Roeben Post author

        Love the optimism, Mark, but the demand you’re seeing is temporary. It’s a bounce-back following the pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, visitation was flat due to increased competition across the country. In many ways, Las Vegas is not indistinguishable from locals casinos across the country, and that “commoditization” should be raising red flags. Vegas isn’t ruined, but it could very well be on the road to ruin.


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