LAS VEGAS CONVENTION and VISITORS AUTHORITY

convcenter                The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), located adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip, encompasses approximately 3.2 million square feet with exhibit space of 2 million square feet and meeting space of nearly 250,000 square feet. The facility is one of the busiest centers in the world - centrally located within three miles of over 100,000 guest rooms.             Operated by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), the center is well known for its versatility, size, and amenities. In addition to exhibit and convention space, 144 meeting rooms (more than 241,000 square feet) handle seating capacities ranging from 20 to 2,500. A grand lobby and registration area (more than 225,000 square feet) efficiently link existing exhibit halls with new exhibit and meeting rooms, and allow simultaneous set-up, break-down and exhibiting of multiple events.
Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) Phase Two Expansion project

            LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and local leaders gathered to celebrate the historic ceremonial groundbreaking for the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) Phase Two Expansion project on Monday, Jan. 8, 2017.

            “This is an incredibly exciting milestone for the entire destination, as this expansion will allow us to not only retain our status as the No. 1 convention city, but ensure our economic future by continuing to provide the unparalleled experience our guests and clients have come to expect,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, LVCVA President and CEO. “The LVCCD project is one of the most thoroughly vetted in Nevada history, which is fitting as we prepare to move forward with a world-class expansion to our facility. Las Vegas thrives on evolution and reinvention, and the LVCCD project will give us a convention center tantamount to one of the world’s most iconic and vibrant cities.”

             LVCCD’s Phase Two is an $860 million expansion project that will add 1.4 million square feet to the current convention center facility, including at least 600,000 square feet of new, leasable exhibit space. The expansion is slated for completion in time to welcome CES in 2021. Last month, the LVCVA’s Board of Directors finalized the selection of tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas to provide design services for the expansion project.

            Phase Three will be the complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot facility, with a projected completion date of 2023. The phased approach will ensure that no business will be displaced during the construction and renovation. LVCVA staff worked in partnership with Cordell Corporation principal Terry Miller, the agency’s contracted owner’s representative, to develop the vision for the expansion and renovation project.

Las Vegas Named World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination

             Las Vegas has been named the World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination for 2017, marking the fifth consecutive year the destination has been recognized in this category by the World Travel Awards.

            Looking ahead, the LVCVA is working to further solidify its position as the No. 1 convention destination by moving forward with development of the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD). The expansion and renovation project will add 1.4 million square feet to the Las Vegas Convention Center’s existing footprint, including 600,000 square feet of additional exhibit space. Construction of the expansion phase is projected to be complete by the end of 2020 in advance of CES 2021. The expansion and renovation will allow shows to grow in both square footage and attendance while also providing the opportunity to bring new shows to the destination.

McCarran sets record with 48.5M passengers in 2017

            McCarran International Airport reported an all-time annual high of 48.5 million airline passengers in 2017, breaking a 10-year-old record, the Clark County Department of Aviation reported Monday.
Growth was bolstered by increases in domestic and international flights coming to Las Vegas.
           Marking the busiest year in the Las Vegas airport’s 69-year history “serves as an indicator of the economic health and well-being of Southern Nevada,” said Rosemary Vassiliadis, director of the county’s Aviation Department.

           Debuting in 2020 Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world's most diversified gaming and entertainment company, broke ground on their newest development – CAESARS FORUM, a $375 million, 550,000 square-foot conference center in Las Vegas.  Featuring 300,000 square-feet of flexible meeting space, including two 110,000 square-foot pillarless ballrooms, two 40,000 square-foot ballrooms and six state-of-the-art boardrooms. Built on one floor for convenient move-in, along with nine easily accessible loading docks.

Marriott International and Witkoff to Open The Drew Las Vegas

            Marriott International, Inc. and global development firm Witkoff recently announced a plan to open a new resort at 2755 Las Vegas Boulevard South, formerly known as the Fontainebleau. Ushering in a new era of world-class hospitality, the integrated resort and casino to be named The Drew Las Vegas will debut the EDITION brand in Las Vegas and mark The Strip’s first JW Marriott. Anticipated to open in late 2020, the resort will feature nearly 4,000 rooms and suites as well as over 500,000 square feet of convention and meeting space. Once open, the hotels will be managed by Marriott International. Two Blackbirds Hospitality, led by renowned hotelier and former Cosmopolitan CEO John Unwin, will oversee the launch and operations of The Drew Las Vegas. As an integrated resort, The Drew Las Vegas will be home to a broad offering including a casino, luxury hotels, together with convention facilities, entertainment, nightlife, retail and dining curated into one cohesive guest experience.

Harrah’s Las Vegas Completes $140 Million Renovation,
Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Brand

            Harrah’s Las Vegas has completed a $140 million transformation, which includes 1,622 modern new guest rooms and suites in its Valley Tower. Pairing seven-day-a-week free, live entertainment with a new lobby bar and casino floor, Harrah’s Las Vegas offers the best value at the center of the Strip. The new look comes as Harrah’s celebrates 80 years as a premier gaming brand. This latest redesign follows the renovation of 672 guest rooms and suites on the south side of the tower in 2016, resulting in a completely refreshed Valley Tower at the beloved Caesars Entertainment resort. The easily accessible Harrah’s Las Vegas is steps away from various Las Vegas landmarks and attractions and is a stop on the Las Vegas Monorail line.

             Las Vegas Breaks Tourism Record, Welcoming 42.9 Million Visitors In 2016

              For the third consecutive year, Las Vegas continued historic visitation growth, setting a new all-time record. The “Entertainment Capital of the World” welcomed 42.9 million visitors in 2016, surpassing 2015’s record-setting 42.3 million.  Included in the 42.9 million visitors were about 7 million from outside the United States.

             “Las Vegas continues to see increased interest in the destination, and we are excited to announce that once again we are celebrating record visitation,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Together with our resort partners, we look forward to aggressively marketing the destination around the world to continue attracting more visitors and break the record again this year.”

             In addition to hosting millions of leisure travelers, Las Vegas celebrated record-breaking convention visitation in 2016. The destination welcomed more than 6.3 million business travelers during the year, contributing to the overall increase in visitor traffic.

             The destination continues to enjoy industry-leading occupancy rates with an extremely large base of nearly 150,000 available rooms.

             Tourism generates nearly $52 billion annually in Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas valley. The industry supports nearly 370,000 local jobs, representing more than 40 percent of employment within Clark County.