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Las Vegas Hilton To Host 15th WEVA EXPO August 8-11
December 17, 2004

Sarasota, FL - Block your calendar now! The WEVA 15th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo will be held August 8-11, 2005 at the spectacular Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, NV (www.lvhilton.com).

"Being the convention’s 15th year means WEVA EXPO 2005 will be a hallmark event for our association and the professional wedding and event video industry at large," said WEVA International’s Director of Association Communications Dan Argenas. "Wedding and event videography has come such a long way since our first convention and trade show back in 1991. Since then, the EXPO has continued to have an enormous impact on videographers, manufacturers, and industry associates each and every year."

WEVA EXPO 2005, he said, will reflect this tremendous influence with state-of-the-art seminars, workshops, hands-on exhibits, special activities and demonstrations devoted exclusively to professional wedding and event videographers. Admission is open to both members and non-members. WEVA International members receive discount admission.

To accommodate the show’s continuing growth, and in honor of the association’s historic event, WEVA EXPO is moving from Bally’s Las Vegas to bigger facilities at the famous Las Vegas Hilton, one of the largest and most popular convention and resort hotels in the world.

WEVA EXPO 2005 will be expanding into over 140,000 square feet of convention and exhibit space, and will feature over 70 industry-specific programs presented by leading wedding and event videographers from across the US and worldwide, including Australia, England, Canada, and Mexico.

WEVA EXPO 2005 will showcase cutting-edge technology, production tools and techniques, and focus on successful new multi-media marketing and business strategies for wedding and event videographers working at all levels.

The WEVA EXPO Trade Show, the biggest show of the year for wedding and event videographers, will present new NLE, DV, and HDV product introductions, hands-on exhibits of new accessories, plus system-specific training right on the WEVA trade show floor.

Argenas said members interested in speaking on select topics at WEVA EXPO 2005 are encouraged to enter their workshop or seminar proposal(s) now in the special WEVA EXPO 2005 Proposal Form on the WEVA International website (see "Call for Proposals" in the WEVA News section at www.weva.com).

Positioned earlier in the calendar than last year, WEVA EXPO 2005 will officially open Monday, August 8, 2005 at 5:45 pm and will wrap-up by 5:00 pm Thursday, August 11, 2005. Optional pre-convention workshops will be held during the day on Monday. The WEVA Trade Show will be open on Tuesday August 9 and Wednesday, August 10, 2005.

The WEVA 15th Annual Creative Excellence Awards, Special Recognition Awards, including announcement of the 2005 WEVA Wedding & Event Videography Hall of Fame inductees will be presented on Monday evening.

Set for screening at the upcoming show is a special retrospective (documentary) video, already in production, that will trace the EXPO’s 15-year history, and will spotlight the contributions of pioneering videographers who have propelled the industry forward (including WEVA Wedding & Event Videography Hall of Fame inductees and WEVA Special Award recipients).

The Las Vegas Hilton (www.lvhilton.com) situated on 59 acres with over 3,000 guest rooms, will begin taking room reservations for WEVA EXPO 2005 after Christmas. No longer owned by Hilton, and recently purchased by upscale Colony Capital (Colony Resorts), the legendary Las Vegas Hilton, will keep its name until 2008 under licensing agreements. The Las Vegas Hilton features top-name entertainment (including Barry Manilow–- August tickets on sale now at www.lvhilton.com/index.php?PID=BARRY), 15 distinctive restaurants, Star Trek: The Experience® (www.startrekexp.com/), and much more. Room rates for all WEVA EXPO 2005 attendees are just $95 per night (single or double occupancy; kids 18 and under stay free). The rate will be valid three days before and three days after the official WEVA EXPO dates.

To make reservations, call the Las Vegas Hilton toll-free at 800-732-7117 or direct at 702-732-5111. Air fares to Las Vegas are available at low cost and do not require a Saturday night stayover to get the best price. Currently, air fares from New York to Las Vegas non-stop on Jet Blue, for example, can now be booked at just $119 one way for the EXPO time-frame (www.jetblue.com).

Convention registration will open online at www.weva.com in early summer. "WEVA EXPO 2005 will be the industry’s most exciting convention and trade show to date," said Argenas. It’s a milestone event professional wedding and event videographers and industry suppliers won’t want to miss!" For more information contact WEVA International at 941-923-5334 or info@weva.com.

The Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA) is the largest trade association for professional wedding and event videographers. The association is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of wedding and event videographers worldwide through continuing education, technical support, group benefits, advocacy committees and professional development training. For more information regarding professional videography and WEVA International events and membership, visit www.weva.com or contact the association office at 941-923-5334 or email info@weva.com.

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