SEMA Show Strategy Guide


SEMA Show - Strategy Guide


Regardless of where you are staying in Las Vegas, you'll want to have a game plan for getting to the Las Vegas Convention Center/SEMA Show. With nearly 170,000 industry professionals in town for the annual event, it's important to allow plenty of time for getting to the convention center so you don't miss a single minute. Here's a list of different options to consider for getting to and from the facility:


    • Complimentary Hotel Shuttle Service

      Available each morning and afternoon of the Show, a complimentary shuttle service runs every 20 minutes from select partner hotels. This service is an easy, affordable alternative to taking a taxi or the Monorail, and offers three convenient stops throughout the convention center. For specific hours, locations and a list of partner hotels, click here.


    • Monorail

      The Las Vegas Monorail stops right in front of the LVCC and operates during the SEMA Show, Tuesday-Friday from 6am-2am. Trains arrive every 7 minutes and stop at 8 locations along the strip. For more information and exclusive discount tickets for SEMA Show attendees, please visit the Ground Transportation page.


    • Taxis/Uber/Lyft

      With two Transportation Zones at the SEMA Show, taking a taxi cab or an Uber/Lyft rideshare is a convenient option. The Transportation Zones are in the Bronze Lot at the East end of the Performance Pavilion and in the Blue Lot on the East end of the Grand Lobby, adjacent to Central Hall.


    • Strip & Downtown Express (SDX)

      If you're staying in Downtown Las Vegas or along the Strip, the public bus service is a viable option. The SDX runs daily from 9am-12:30 am and includes 18 different stops. Visit for details.


    • Walking

      If you're staying at a hotel property that is near the LVCC, you can save time and money by walking to the SEMA Show. Visit for details on the nearly dozen hotels that make walking a great option.


    • Driving/Parking

      Limited parking is available and this year the Gold Lot is closed for construction.
      -Platinum Lot, near the corner of E. Desert Inn Rd. and Swenson St., Monday-Thursday, $10/Day
      -475 Sahara Ave. - Limited parking is available in the parking lot behind SLS Las Vegas with access to the SLS monorail station and shuttle service to the Show, Monday–Friday.


    • Airport Shuttle

      Affordable shuttle service to McCarran International Airport will be available Thurs., 7am-6:30pm and Fri. 7am-5pm. Airport shuttles pick up at North Hall Door 10 and the East end of the Performance Pavilion. One-way trip cost is $10/pp, cash only.


Once you arrive at the SEMA Show, it's time to hit the floor. For most, that means walking! While you may not be able to avoid spending time on your feet, there are strategies and tips that may make it a bit easier.


    • SEMA Show Mobile App

      The SEMA Show mobile app offers directions from one location to another, making it quick and easy to find an exhibitor's booth. It also includes features such as exhibitor lists, seminar schedules, ability to scan products in the New Products Showcase and more.


    • Printed Map

      This oversized, single sheet of paper shows attendees where they are in relation to key features and attractions at the Show. It also features a detailed floorplan with booth numbers to help them find specific exhibitors. Printed maps are contained inside the 2019 SEMA Show Directory, the SEMA Show Pocket Guide, and at information kiosks throughout the convention center.


    • Show Directory

      Found in the November issue of SEMA News, the 420-page 2019 SEMA Show Directory is filled with Show-related features and listings, making it a great resource to help prepare for the upcoming Show as well as to reference afterwards.


    • SEMA Show Pocket Guide

      Available at information kiosks throughout the convention center, the pocket guide is a handy tool to carry around during the Show. Use it to quickly look up exhibitors, obtain details about hotel shuttles, special events, seminars, and more.


    • Online Floorplan

      The online floorplan gives detailed information to help prepare for the SEMA Show. Because it is online, there are interactive tools that you can click on to make searching quick and easy. View the floorplan online.


    • Show Daily

      Available each morning of the Show, the SEMA Show Daily is our onsite publication that recaps the previous day's activities as well as keeps you updated on each day's happenings.


Whether it's your first time attending the SEMA Show or you're a seasoned veteran, there are several tips and tricks to help make your time more successful. With four busy days doing business in Las Vegas, here are recommendations:


    • Register Early

      Domestic buyers who register before October 18, 2019 will have their badge mailed in advance of the Show. International buyers who register before September 21, 2019 will have their badge mailed in advance of the Show. Take advantage of the extra time on the Show floor by already having your badge in hand when you arrive.


    • Visit the New Products Showcase

      Located on the Skybridge between the Central and South Halls, the Showcase features 3,000+ new and innovative products in a single location. Opening at 8am each morning of the Show, the showcase is a great place to start your day.


    • Buyer Happy Hour

      Visiting the New Products Showcase at the end of the day is a great option as well. The New Products Buyer Happy Hour allows buyers to leisurely peruse the products, network with colleagues and relax before dinner. The event takes place Tuesday-Thursday, 4-5:30pm on the skybridge between the Central and South Halls.


    • Use a Scanner in the New Products Showcase

      Buyers and media have access to scanners that can be used to select products in the showcase, or you can download the SEMA Show app and its barcode scanner. Both provide details of the scanned products, the app to your mobile device and the scanner device to a printed list or email.


    • Attend an Education Session

      Over 70 free education sessions are available to Showgoers throughout the week. Learn from the best of the best on best business practices. Find the full list of sessions offered here.


    • Connect, Learn and Lead at The Quad

      Stop by to experience the different benefits and services SEMA Education offers! Pick up your Power User pass – attend 3 Education seminars, get free SEMA swag.*

      *Free to attend seminars only

      Las Vegas Convention Center, Upper North Hall Concourse, Outside of Room N251 Open During Show Hours


    • Learn on the go at The Stage

      NEW for 2019 - Check out the latest industry trends from industry icons!
      Las Vegas Convention Center, Lower South Hall, East entrance, Booth 45227 Tues – Fri 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


    • Visit the First Time & Featured Exhibitor Areas

      While the sectionalized floorplan makes it easy for buyers to focus on their market segments, the First-Time & Featured Exhibitor areas include exhibitors from a variety of segments. Savvy buyers will be sure visit the four First Time & Featured Exhibitor Areas: The Westgate Hotel, east end of Upper South Hall, the Racing Annex and the Performance Pavilion (just outside the south halls). Find out which companies are exhibiting in each area by visiting the online floorplan.


    • Visit SEMA Central

      Located in the Grand lobby, SEMA Central is the ideal place to learn about the benefits of becoming a SEMA member, how the SEMA Garage can help businesses and what the SEMA Data Co-op can do for you.


    • Exterior SEMA Show Features

      Check out the dozens of amazing SEMA Show outdoor features adjacent to the exterior walls of each Hall. Click here to view.


    • Stay for Friday

      SEMA Show credentials provide access to the SEMA Show for all four days of the Show – from Tuesday, Nov. 5 to Friday, Nov. 8. Take advantage of the entire week and increase productivity by meeting with exhibitors all week long.


    • Go to SEMA Ignited

      SEMA Show badge holders get free access to SEMA Ignited, the official SEMA Show after party, taking place Fri. Nov. 8, 3-10pm in the Platinum Lot near the corner of E. Desert Inn Rd. and Swenson St. The night includes hundreds of vehicles, drifting demos by Formula Drift, music, food, and the culmination of the SEMA Battle of the Builders.


    • Take the SEMA Show Shuttle Loop

      Give your feet a break and take the SEMA Show Shuttle Loop to get from one end of the convention center to the other. Details here.


    • Take advantage of the SEMA Members Lounges

      SEMA members, TIA members and Hall of Fame members can access the Members Lounges, located in North Hall room N251 upstairs from the Grand Lobby/SEMA Central and in booth # 46,000 at the East end of the Lower South Hall. Relax, have a quick meeting or a grab lunch.


    • Consider the SEMA Member Buyer Rewards Program

      SEMA Members who are buyers can benefit from expedited taxi lines and get a free professional headshot to update your LinkedIn profile. Reserved seating at select events. Details here.


    • Participate in Social Media

      Follow SEMA's official social media accounts to stay up to date on Show happenings and use the hashtag #SEMA2019.


    • Utilize the FedEx Business Center

       Located near the Grand Lobby, the FedEx Business Center is an onsite resource for office/print needs. (Note: credentialed media have exclusive access to complimentary business services in the Nitto Tire Media Center, Room S220.)


    • Stay Hydrated/Plan Your Meals

      Plan your meals and stay hydrated. The dry climate can take a toll on you when on your feet for eight hours a day. Many Showgoers like to use humidifiers in their hotel rooms.


    • Bring Business Cards

      Lots of connections are made during the week, don't forget to bring plenty of business cards!


    • Wear comfortable shoes

      Wear comfortable shoes, bring multiple pairs and break them in before arriving to the Show. You'll be on your feet most of the day, so make sure you're prepared!


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