Las Vegas is unarguably known as the Entertainment Capital of the World but it’s also important to recognize our city is also a leading destination for business travel. As I’ve mentioned before, Las Vegas experienced record-breaking visitation with more than 42.9 million visitors in 2016. In addition to breaking a record for overall visitation, Las Vegas also hit an all-time high for business travel after welcoming 6.3 million delegates.
On June 7, 2017, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), and Las Vegas as a whole, joins destinations and organizations across the world in celebration of Global Exhibitions Day. The observation, created by UFI- the leading global association of the world’s tradeshow organizers and exhibition center operators, aims to celebrate the outstanding value of the meetings and exhibitions industry.
Las Vegas boasts more than 11 million square feet of meeting space in addition to a wide array of event, dining and entertainment venues that are also used for group business. Trade Show News Network recently recognized Las Vegas as the No. 1 trade show destination in the country for the 23nd consecutive year for hosting 57 of the top 250 largest trade shows in North America.
In Southern Nevada, the meetings, conventions and trade show industry has a significant impact on the local economy supporting 85,000 jobs and generating more than $12.4 billion in economic impact.
Beyond job creation, the influx of events and business travelers heading to Las Vegas each year leave a lasting impact on our community through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The LVCVA works with these events, travelers and local organizations in need to make connections that will create mutually beneficial opportunities for all groups involved.
CSR activities are becoming an increasingly popular aspect of the nearly 22,000 meetings and events that take place each year. Initiatives include volunteer activities, donation drives, charitable contributions and even the commitment to provide materials left on the trade show floor following a large-scale event. Event organizers are eager to explore opportunities to give back to host cities during their events. One shining example is the
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Leadership Seminar taking place in Las Vegas July 13-16. The group is expecting record number of participants, who will engage in intensive training and development while adding a number of community-service opportunities to the event itinerary.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members from around the country and the globe are excited to leave a lasting imprint on the Clark County community as we host our bi-annual four-day Leadership Seminar focused on developing our members through training and learning opportunities and fulfilling our mission to be of service to all mankind,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority President, Dr, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson. “More than 8,000 members will mobilize around the International Program ‘Launching New Dimensions of Service’ by participating in seven high impact service projects that will benefit tens of thousands of Las Vegas residents and provide sustainable resources to meet local neighborhood needs.”
The lasting impact of these efforts are echoed through the sentiments of organizations throughout the destination.
“There are various groups the country who organize conventions, however, the work being done by the LVCVA is exceptional, and provides a service to the community above and beyond many others. Not only does the Las Vegas valley benefit from the economic impact from the conventioneers meeting in Las Vegas, but the philanthropy connected to those meetings provides an extraordinary social impact,” said Julie Murray, Moonridge Group Philanthropy Advisors, Principal and CEO. “There are numerous examples of conventioneers who donate time and funds while they’re in Las Vegas for their meetings. Things such as support provided to the Three Square Food Bank, United Way, Goodwill are just a few examples. As a result of their generosity, the community is a more vibrant and healthy place!”
Looking forward, the positive impact of exhibitions, trade shows and business events has the potential to grow in Southern Nevada. The LVCVA is moving forward with plans for the Las Vegas Convention Center District. The project will add 600,000 square feet of exhibit space, new meeting rooms and other amenities, as well as renovating the entire existing property. The project will continue to cement Las Vegas as North America’s premier business destination, allowing the destination to attract new shows and the opportunity for existing shows to grow in both square footage and attendance.
There’s no place like home, particularly when your home is Fabulous Las Vegas! If you’d like to stay up-to-date on the latest tourism-related news, including special observations like Global Exhibitions Day, please sign up to become a Las Vegas Host Committee Ambassador. Joining is easy, simply visit www.lvcva.com/host. We’re always looking for new partners and exciting ways to support our number one industry- tourism! +