The Rental Show returns to Las Vegas this year at a new venue — The Sands Expo and Convention Center, which is located in the center of the famous Las Vegas strip and offers 2.25 million square feet of show floor and meeting space. The Sands is a short walk from more than 40,000 hotel rooms including The Venetian, The Palazzo, Bally Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Treasure Island and many others.

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The 2013 Rental Show will feature 16 seminars on Sunday, Feb. 10, with topics ranging from industry updates to healthcare and Tier 4 engine technology. The show will host financial sessions with Steve Abercrombie and Internet marketing sessions with David McBee. Wednesday, Feb. 13 will include a new Wednesday Wake-Up session with Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman, a motivational speaker and author of the book Never Fly Solo. The keynote session on Monday, Feb. 11 will feature Captain Mark Kelly who will share stories from his space shuttle missions as well as the assassination attempt on his wife, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot near Tucson in January 2011 at a supermarket where she was meeting with constituents.

New events include “A Night in Fabulous Las Vegas” at Harrah's Las Vegas Feb. 12, which will transport attendees back to the days of the Rat Pack, and a new ARA Young Professionals Network reception at FIRST Food and Bar that is open to rental professionals between the ages of 18 and 40 as well as their parents.

Events & Tents will have a new full-day schedule on Feb. 9 and will include a fabric fashion show in the morning, followed by a lunch session with wedding designer Sasha Souza, in addition to 16 seminars specifically for those in the party/special event rental segment.

In addition to the many networking and education opportunities, 613 exhibitors will introduce new products and services over the three-day trade show Feb. 11-13. RER previews just a few on the following pages. To visit the RER staff at the show, stop by Booth 742.