What to Expect at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention

It’s time once again for the ultimate media event, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las Vegas on April 8th – 11th, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This event is a collaboration of media, entertainment, and technology professionals who seek new ways to create, manage, and deliver content on the latest and best platforms.

With more than 100,000 attendees expected from around the globe, the Las Vegas Strip is going to be buzzing with NAB convention-goers in addition to the typical tourist crowds. If you plan to be in town for the convention, here are some tips on what you can expect and the best ways to get around while you’re in Sin City.

Who Is Attending?

The NAB Convention is expected to attract 103,000 attendees from over 160 countries around the globe. In addition, over 1,700 exhibitors will be displaying the newest trends, treasures, and innovations in all areas related to broadcasting.

The list of professionals attending the convention come from many different industries including advertising, cybersecurity, digital marketing, education, eSports, film, gaming, podcasting, post-production, social media, TV, and virtual reality, just to name a few. Attendees will be staying in many of the hotels and resorts along the Las Vegas Strip.

NAB Sessions and Events

Special events and key topic sessions will be hosted at the NAB Show where lively discussions will be presented on important themes and new trends. Conference sessions and stage presentations will be conducted in which you can explore specific topics in depth and hear from industry experts.

Here are some of the events you can expect:

Awards Programs – recognizing honors for leadership, innovation, achievements and distinguished service.
Co-Located Events – related organizations will open registration for local events.
Special Events – from receptions and exclusive summits, Very Important Perspectives will be shared by the industry’s most influential leaders.
Connect and Network – establish new relationships through networking and valuable connections.
Global Trade Opportunities – connect with more than 100,000 professionals, 1,700 exhibitors from 160 countries around the world.

Visit the NAB Show website to learn more about the attractions, events, and sessions being offered during the convention.

What To Do in Las Vegas During NAB Convention


No trip to Vegas would be complete without experiencing the city’s culinary delights and awesome dining options that are available between the events at the NAB Show. Check out some of these restaurants close to the Convention Center:

  • The Barrymore – About half a mile from the Convention Center is this modern take on vintage Vegas glamour, complete with plush booths, old film reels, and that classic feel of the Rat Pack era.
  • Piero’s Italian Cuisine – For those longing for Northern Italian specialties, diners will be dazzled by the pasta, seafood, and impressive wine list. Piero’s Italian Cuisine is about a five-minute walk from the Convention Center.
  • ENVY The Steakhouse – This is the place to dine for corn-fed Midwest beef, crab cakes, tuna tartare, lamb, or filet mignon, topped off with the restaurant’s collection of more than 1,500 bottles of wine. ENVY at The Renaissance is less than half a mile from the Convention Center.

For more dining options you can easily access using the Las Vegas Monorail, check out our “Las Vegas Monorail Convention Attendee Guide” for a breakdown on the best places to get breakfast, lunch, coffee, and the hottest happy hours on the Strip!

Casinos and Shows in Las Vegas

Convention-goers have a plethora of options for entertainment while in the city of Las Vegas. Countless casinos with hundreds of shows, clubs, and bars, provide a wide selection for those seeking Vegas adventure.

If you want to go big, check out any one of the six Cirque Du Soleil shows that will be playing in Vegas during the NAB Convention. These are easily the most sought-after shows in Sin City, so you know you won’t be disappointed.

For those of you wanting to visit the most popular attractions in Las Vegas, be sure to stop by the Bellagio Fountains, jump on the High Roller at the LINQ, take a gondola ride at The Venetian, and so many other exciting attractions on the Strip.

If rolling the dice or spinning that wheel is what you desire while in Vegas, there are 104 casinos located right in the city, with 31 of those casinos directly on the Las Vegas Strip.

Riding the Las Vegas Monorail

The Las Vegas Monorail is the fastest, cleanest, most efficient and environmentally-friendly way to get around town. The monorail runs every 4 to 8 minutes and will get you to your destination in less than 10 minutes. Using the LV Monorail for transportation during conventions will provide attendees with direct access to the Convention Center Monorail Station, easy access to all properties on the Strip, unlimited ride tickets, and quick and easy transportation to anywhere in the city.

Avoid the traffic, parking fees, and stress of driving by taking the LV Monorail while in town for the NAB Show this year!

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