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SHOT Show Insider: Exhibitor Academy Set to Kick Off, Las Vegas News, and More

Welcome to the latest SHOT Show Insider, written by the SHOT Show team at NSSF and our show partners to keep you informed on all things SHOT Show. Let us know what topics you’d like to see addressed here in upcoming issues by emailing us at

Exhibitor Academy Kickoff: Your Strategic Starting Point for the 2023 SHOT Show

NSSF is kicking off the 2023 SHOT Show® Exhibitor Academy, a series of nine FREE online training sessions for SHOT Show exhibitors, on Wednesday, July 20, at 2 p.m. Eastern. This first session will be your strategic starting point for your path to success at the 2023 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Join the SHOT Show team and trade show trainer Robyn Davis to learn how to set appropriate priorities for your exhibiting preparations and navigate key decisions strategically. Plus, Robyn will be available for a Q&A, where you can ask her anything on how to refocus or set priorities for this year. You must register to attend, so please reserve your spot now! — Erik Scarpati, NSSF

3-Day ‘SHOT Show CX’ Provides Knowledge and Connections for Exhibitors

We recently hosted over 30 exhibitors in Las Vegas for a micro event we dubbed “SHOT Show CX.” The three-day experience allowed exhibitors to meet one-on-one with NSSF staff and our SHOT Show partners, attend education sessions and Q&A discussions, and visit and tour various facilities and attractions in Las Vegas. This included a tour of the Freeman Co. warehouse, the High Roller, Caesars Forum, and a fun event at Top Golf Las Vegas, hosted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The goal of SHOT Show CX was to help our exhibitors maximize the return on their investment by providing knowledge and connections to help make their SHOT Show experience in 2023 and beyond the best it can possibly be. And like the show itself, it was an awesome networking, educational, and fun experience for our customers, and we thank everyone who made the time to attend. If your company would be interested in joining us next summer, please let us know by emailing— Chris Dolnack, NSSF

NFL Draft Takes Over Caesars Forum

As those who attended the most recent SHOT Show can attest, the new Caesars Forum convention center is a sight to behold. The NFL took full advantage of all the new facility has to offer in April, when it hosted the NFL Draft. The draft’s main theater, where teams announced their draft picks, was staged on the 100,000-square-foot outdoor Forum Plaza, located right outside the convention center. This was where NSSF hosted a giant “welcome back” reception at the 2022 SHOT Show, which was well received and greatly appreciated by all who attended. We plan to bring back that popular night once again at the 2023 show. — Chris Tatulli, NSSF

Las Vegas Revved Up for 2023 Formula 1 Race

Formula 1’s newest race is coming to Las Vegas, and the track will take it right past the Venetian and Palazzo resorts. Set for November 2023, the Las Vegas Grand Prix will feature a 14-turn track—right through the heart of Las Vegas—spanning 3.8 miles with top speeds expected to hit around 212 mph. After the SHOT Show, this could be the second-best in event to attend in Las Vegas in 2023. — Jeff Pressman, ConvExx

International Exhibitors: Be Mindful of Visa Appointment Wait Times

COVID travel restrictions may be improving, but the most recent update to the State Department’s Visa Wait Times shows there are still very serious, ongoing visa appointment delays, The National Law Review reports. Wait times to secure Visa stamping appointments are currently at more than 100 days in many locations—and more than 200 days in other areas—depending on where you are traveling from. We encourage all our international exhibitors and attendees to be mindful of this as you plan for 2023 SHOT Show. If you need a letter inviting you to the SHOT Show, please contact — Kathryn Rae, ConvExx

Chris Dolnack
Senior Vice President and CMO, NSSF
Colleen Leonard
Manager, Conferences & Events, NSSF
Tammy McIntyre
Manager, Exhibit & Sponsorship Sales, NSSF
Melissa Schilling
Melissa Schilling
Director, Conferences & Exhibitions, NSSF
Chris Tatulli
Director, Exhibit & Sponsorship Sales, NSSF
Quinn Cassidy
Quinn Cassidy
Manager, Exhibition & Sponsorship, NSSF
Bill Dunn
Bill Dunn
Vice President, Marketing, NSSF
JAN 18–21, 2022 LAS VEGAS