Press Release

WPPI has Extended Stay at Mandalay Bay through 2020

Restaurants, Nightclubs, and Expansive Expo Center Ensures WPPI Community Will Have an All-Inclusive Venue They Can Call Home for the Next Three Years

New York – February 1, 2018 – Emerald Expositions announced it has inked a deal with Mandalay Bay that will secure an all-inclusive and community-oriented home for the annual Wedding and Portrait Photography International (WPPI) conference and expo through 2020. The agreement ensures that WPPI attendees and exhibitors will have a comfortable environment conducive to learning, community gatherings, and an array of social activities they can enjoy together for the next several years.

“WPPI will continue to be the largest and most dynamic and inspiring event for photographers and securing Mandalay Bay as its home for the next three years will be instrumental in continuing to build our close-knit community,” explains John McGeary, senior vice president at Emerald Expositions. “Mandalay Bay offers a full range of restaurants, entertainment choices, and conference amenities that will allow all attendees to experience WPPI as it was designed – as an all-inclusive community.”

“We are so excited to have a long-term home for our WPPI community at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center,” added Mike Gangel, WPPI show director. “Our new home has everything we need to fulfill our 2018 mantra of ‘learn hard, play hard, recharge, and connect!’ The combination of comfortable conference space and a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs make this the perfect location for this incredible event.”

Registration for WPPI 2018 is currently open and attendees can instantly save $75 on a Full Platform Pass by becoming a PHOTO+ member. PHOTO+ members will also receive instant savings on Photo Walks, Master Classes, and PLUS classes.

About WPPI

The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is the premier industry event for photographers and now, filmmakers, specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding, portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, over 13,000 professional and imaging professionals attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to help grow their business, experiment with new products from major manufacturers to improve productivity, and to use Vegas as a backdrop while expanding skillsets and portfolios.

The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.  We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.

More information about WPPI can be found at

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Media Contact:

Lou Desiderio
Synergy Communications, Inc.

Scott Heath
Synergy Communications, Inc.