These two images represent approximately 160,000 square feet of trade show space and the MGM overall boasts over 600,000 square feet! That's the Marquee Ballroom above and the Grand Ballroom in the convention center below, which are used for the WPPI trade show. Now imagine these two rooms packed full of exhibitors and people! It's so important to plan your trip!
No matter what anybody tells you, WPPI is still the biggest photographic show in the country. However, if not done right, it can also wind up being one of the most expensive. The biggest issue is not being organized. You need to think through what you want to get out of the show; who the vendors are you want to see and network every chance you get.
So, since time is your most valuable commodity, let's go through my annual list of things you need to do before the convention and while you're there.
The one thing I find most frustrating with attendees at a big convention is they simply haven't planned their trip. They got their tickets and made it to Vegas, but then everything falls apart. Plan your WPPI experience so that you're not wasting time and even more important, your money.
Nothing beats the experience of a great trade show and convention, but it's up to you to get the most out of it.