Following the success of the first IAEMA organized event that was held at The Rio in Las Vegas from 25-27 September, 2010, the Board has unanimously endorsed the staging of the 2nd International Airport Expo Las Vegas 2012 to be held during September 2012 at The Rio, Las Vegas.

The 2012 event is expected to attract a significant number of major GSE manufacturers - many of whom exhibited at the 2010 event and who expressed their approval and preference to the staging of this major event in a large outdoor facility where equipment can be operated and demonstrated.

The Board also discussed the need for the consolidation of airport equipment events and agreed that currently there are too many events on an ongoing basis - many of which that bring little benefit to the visitors and exhibitors alike. The Board agreed that it would fully support the bi-annual Inter Airport Europe event and recommended that its members do the same. At the same time the Board agreed to withdraw its support for the annual GSE event currently held in the US and urged its members to consider carefully the benefit of this event in view of its frequency and focus given the industry’s natural pace of development from year to year. The Board’s viewpoint had already been endorsed by the fact that the majority of visitors and exhibitors surveyed during the 2010 IAEMA event agreed that a bi-annual event in the US that alternates with the major bi-annual European airport show is preferable.