Las Vegas history was made in the early morning hours of June 14, 2016, as the Riviera Hotel and Casino property’s Monaco Tower came tumbling down with an implosion. This event marked the first of two implosions scheduled on the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)-owned property, with the Monte Carlo tower expected to come down later this summer.
The Monaco Tower implosion is one of a series of ongoing demolition efforts at the Riviera Hotel and Casino property 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 7,000 high-paying construction jobs and 6,000 full-time permanent jobs.
While a number of the property’s former employees, community leaders, entertainers and media gathered to say farewell to the iconic property, the event was symbolic of a critical part of our city’s future as we work to maintain Las Vegas’ reputation as the world’s leading destination for business and leisure travel.
Want to stay up-to-date on the latest Las Vegas news like the development of the Las Vegas Convention Center District? The LVCVA is always looking for community members to help spread the importance of tourism throughout our community by becoming a Las Vegas Host Committee ambassador. Anyone from the community can become a Las Vegas Host Committee Ambassador by registering on our website www.lvcva.com/host or they can email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org. It costs nothing other than your commitment to better our community.
Once you sign up for the Host Committee, there are many ways to get involved. This summer we are taking on a special valley-wide project. Our organization frequently uses the tagline “Tourism is the lifeblood of southern Nevada’s economy” to emphasize the impact of the industry on our community. Tourism provides employment for nearly half of our residents, supporting 368,900 local jobs and contributing $13.9 billion in local wages. This summer, we are bringing our tagline to life by calling on our Las Vegas residents to join our Blood Drive Challenge for Tourism!
Blood supply is on high demand during the summer months with fewer people donating. It is essential that our community meets the demand for blood every year, especially given our more than 42 million annual visitors and the Clark County population surpassing 2.1 million.
From July 18- August 21, we are encouraging community members to visit any local United Blood Services donation center or blood drive to donate blood and participate in the challenge. You’ll be asked to choose from a list of Las Vegas resorts, businesses and landmarks to pledge your donation towards the groups blood drive challenge efforts. The winning groups will earn bragging rights and a number of special prizes- including a cocktail party with Oscar Goodman or an ice cream social! We will also have a limited number of giveaways available for participating blood donors.
It’s crucial we donate blood to keep our busy city ticking 24 hours. We hope you’ll join the Host Committee in this and other exciting efforts throughout the year! +