Proposed Javits Center Demolition Affects Lightfair, NYIGF
February 16, 2012 - 11:49am
Lightfair at the Javits Center in 2009

A proposed plan to demolish the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York could affect future plans for trade shows like Lightfair Intl. and the New York Intl. Gift Fair (NYIGF).

According to The New York Times, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to knock down the center, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations, during his State of the State address on Jan. 4. Cuomo proposed redeveloping that property and building a larger convention center in Jamaica, Queens. 

Lightfair Intl. traditionally alternates between the Javits Center and the Las Vegas Convention Center, but the 2011 show moved to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia due to the Javits Center’s renovations. The Philadelphia show had record-breaking attendance, and in November, AMC Inc., the show’s manager, announced Lightfair would return to Philadelphia in 2013. (See full story here.)

Rochelle Burt, Managing Director at AMC, says anything beyond that is still up in the air.

“Lightfair Intl. East Coast venue options for 2013 and beyond, including Philadelphia and New York, remain under consideration at this time,” Burt says.

NYIGF is also held at the Javits Center twice a year. For the last few years, the show has been reorganizing to accommodate the renovations, with plans for even greater changes once the work is complete. NYIGF representatives could not be reached for comment. 

The next Lightfair will be held May 9-11 in Las Vegas, and the next NYIGF will be Aug. 18-22 at the Javits Center.

  • Lightfair at the Javits Center in 2009
  • The Javits Center

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