SEMA, DAY FIVE: It looks like a record week

Nov. 4, 2005

The 2005 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show appears to be on its way to record attendance, based on preliminary estimates.

Close to 122,000 people pre-registered, according to the Tire Industry Association, which is sponsoring the Performance Tires and Wheels portion of SEMA.

SEMA is part of Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week, which also includes the AAPEX Show and the the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE).

In the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kevin Bagger, research director for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said the shows could bring up to 170,000 people to the city.

"Based on those estimates," reported the newspaper, "attendees would spend between $189 million to $247 million on non-gaming goods and services this week."