Las Vegas is the greatest city on earth and year after year, our destination continues to evolve to maintain its No. 1 position as the best place to visit and an even greater place to live. 2016 has proved itself to be a monumental year for Las Vegas and as we look to the future, it’s only going to get better.
In 2015, Las Vegas welcomed a record-breaking 42.3 million visitors and we are on pace to beat that record in 2016. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA) Las Vegas Host Committee is designed to celebrate the successes of tourism in Southern Nevada and drive momentum that will encourage visitors to continue traveling to the destination. A high point for the Host Committee each year is National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), which takes place each year in the beginning of May. This year, Las Vegas took the spotlight as we hosted our annual tourism rally at Toshiba Plaza just steps away from the newly-opened T-Mobile Arena, which has since hosted major events like the Billboard Music Awards and will serve as the home to Las Vegas’ NHL franchise, the Vegas Golden Nights. In 2016, the Host Committee also added some Las Vegas flair to the event by hosting a surprise flash mob for visitors on Fremont Street in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. After the dance session, led by our iconic Las Vegas showgirls, we surprised visitors with a number of generous giveaways to enjoy all of the incredible entertainment options our city has to offer.
Las Vegas wouldn’t be the world-class travel destination it is without the hard-working people who work in the industry every day, ensuring our visitors have an experience they won’t soon forget. To continue the spirit and excitement of NTTW, the Host Committee works in tandem with our incredible resort partners to honor the champions of Southern Nevada’s tourism industry throughout the month of May. We call them our Hospitality Heroes, and in 2016, the Host Committee honored dozens of front-line employees who truly make a difference in how our city is perceived. Among our 2016 Hospitality Heroes, was a very special group of hospitality employees. Caesars Palace celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016, and we had the pleasure of recognizing three outstanding employees who have worked at the property since day one! That’s an incredible accomplishment. In 2017, the Hospitality Hero program will be celebrating its 10th year and even more big celebrations are on the horizon.
In 2016, Las Vegas also bid farewell to a piece of the destination’s history with the demolition of the Riviera Hotel and Casino. While changes are being made on the property, the LVCVA is able to move forward with the Las Vegas Convention Center District. The project includes the expansion and renovation of the existing Las Vegas Convention Center, which is expected to expand the convention center by 1.2 million square feet, including 600,000 square feet of additional exhibit space. Construction of the state-of-the-art facility is expected to generate thousands of high-paying construction jobs and full-time permanent jobs.
As we wrap up 2016 and look forward to another successful year, we hope you’ll join us in our mission to keep Las Vegas a thriving tourism destination. You can help by signing up as a Host Committee ambassador and sharing the importance of tourism and support the many events our city has to offer.
Anyone from the community can become an ambassador by registering on our website www.lvcva.com/host or emailing our office at firstname.lastname@example.org. It costs nothing other than your commitment to better our community.
There is never a shortage of things to celebrate in Las Vegas so let’s take the opportunity to support our No. 1 economic driver- tourism!
Happy Holidays and Cheers!