International Participation Continues to Grow at Vision Expo West

July 28, 2011

Norwalk, CT (July 28, 2011) – International Vision Expo & Conference, held September 21-25, 2011 (Education: September 21-25, Exhibition: September 22-24) at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, announces new initiatives and discounts to help international visitors get the most out of the show, the education and Las Vegas.

“International Vision Expo is the complete eye care event,” said Tom Loughran, Vice President for Reed Exhibitions. “We are constantly looking for new ways to expand our global reach with key partners, OD buying groups, publications and associations. Our event garners a substantial presence from international partners, exhibitors and attendees who travel to Vegas to conduct business and learn about the latest products and technology in one convenient location.”

David Tobin, Director of International Sales at Reed Exhibitions, agreed that the level of international involvement has risen. “In 2010, Vision Expo attendance from countries other than the United States increased to 13 percent. In total, 64 countries were represented with the top five being Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan and China.” He added, “This year we’ve noted increased participation from Korea and new government support from Taiwan and China – particularly from the Taiwan Spectacles Industry Association (TSIA) and the China Optometric & Optical Association (COOA) – which will help Vision Expo add more international exhibitors and grow global attendance at the show.”

International Vision Expo is a valuable information resource for attendees, providing access to the latest in optical, fashion, technology and equipment in the eyecare industry. Multiple pavilions, the Galleria, and The Suites boast more than 450 exhibitors at this year’s show, which is projected to expand to 168,000 sq. ft (up 12,000 sq. ft from last year).

International Vision Expo & Conference continues to educate more optometrists than any other eyecare meeting. The event offers eyecare professionals more than 388 hours of world-class education for every area of interest – a noteworthy increase of more than 80 hours from last year.

New this year, the continuing education curriculum has been reorganized to be more inclusive. Courses have been divided into four overarching topic areas – Business Solutions, Medical/Clinical, Optical Technology, and Contact Lenses – making it easier for attendees to customize their education strategy. The program also includes six custom designed sessions, supported by Transitions®, to meet the needs of our Spanish speaking attendees.

Top Destination

To assist international attendees in their travel planning, International Vision Expo West offers discounts on hotel, flight and car rentals including:

  • Special Hotel Pricing – Once again International Vision Expo West is offering an “Official Housing” program through onPeak to provide the best prices available on official show hotels. Staying in an official show hotel ensures free daily shuttle service to and from the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Booking through “Official Housing” does not require guests to pre-pay, and can be done via email, the website, fax or phone. The registration deadline for official hotels is August 18, 2011.
  • Discounted Airfare – To help attendees and exhibitors get to Las Vegas, the show has negotiated five percent discounts for airfare booked on American Airlines or Delta.
  • Rental Car Specials – A discount on Avis or Budget Car & Truck Rental is also available for International Vision Expo West guests. Once in Las Vegas, complimentary shuttle buses will be available from show hotels. Discounts on monorail tickets will also be offered to allow guests to easily move up and down the Las Vegas strip.
  • Airport Shuttle Service – On Saturday, September 24, complimentary shuttle buses will be available from the Sands Expo and Convention Center to the McCarran Airport from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Airport shuttles will depart on the hour from the same location as the hotel shuttles. No reservations are necessary, however, seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Visa and Travel Information

International Vision Expo also offers resources for international visitors to facilitate the visa request process. A Non-Immigrant Visa Invitation Request Form is available at www.visionexpowest.com in the travel section of the website. Invitation requests must be received no later than three weeks prior to the event’s opening. Invitation processing takes approximately five to seven business days after submitting the form. International travel arrangements can also be made smoothly through our online reservation website or through our Travel Desk Worldwide program.

For more information and to register for International Vision Expo West, as well as to access discount codes, please visit www.visionexpowest.com.

International Vision Expos, the worldwide conference and exhibition for eye care and eyewear, are trade only events which draw more than 30,000 eye care professionals each year. Co-owned by Reed

Exhibitions and The Vision Council, International Vision Expo gives back to the entire ophthalmic community. Proceeds from International Vision Expo are used by The Vision Council to educate consumers about the importance of vision care and the options in eyewear and other related products. In 2010, The Vision Council reached millions of consumers with its messages through marketing materials, public relations outreach and strategic partnerships.

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