View Full Version : "New Geeks" spread the wealth for convention business

August 16th, 2005, 03:53 AM

As the nearly 4,000 people at last weekend's 4th Annual Star Trek Las Vegas Convention disperse to the four corners of the Earth, convention organizers and local merchants are totting up the final tally like so many happy Ferengi, the entrepreneurial race of the Star Trek universe. Whatever the final numbers, indicators show that the "New Geeks" who filled the convention halls and hotel rooms of the Las Vegas Hilton are the leading edge of an economic force with which to reckon.

Based on spending patterns by attendees at similar-sized conventions, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority's preliminary estimate of the Star Trek Convention's local economic impact, presented by Creation Entertainment, stood at $5.5 million