The New Year is in full swing and Las Vegas is on a roll! The destination welcomed 42.9 million visitors in 2016, setting a new all-time record for visitation and 2017 is already on pace to exceed visitation once again.
There is never a dull moment in Las Vegas and in January, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority hit the ground running. On January 16, the organization proudly participated in the 35th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade. This event provided the opportunity for the Las Vegas News Bureau to share historic images of past African-American entertainers like Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole that broke the segregation barriers, and set the stage for current African-American entertainers to perform daily or headline in Las Vegas today.
The Las Vegas Host Committee called upon community volunteers to walk alongside a digital-mobile billboard which displayed a number of iconic images representing Las Vegas’ extensive African-American entertainment history. Beautiful showgirls lead digital display with our themed banner that read, “Living the Dream – Empowered by Entertainment.” It was a unique and attention-grabbing way to show Las Vegas’ past- and we always look for unique ways to share our destination’s history! The event was a great success and truly showcased the comradery and support in our community. We look forward to many more community-facing events in the future.
The Las Vegas News Bureau also presented a Las Vegas Lineup as part of Mob Month 2017—a retelling of Las Vegas’ Mob history. With dozens of unidentified vintage photos in their respective archives, the Las Vegas News Bureau and the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas have partnered for two, one-of-a-kind photo identification events.
Preceding a presentation on Las Vegas’ mob past, the local community was invited to participate in the documentation of Las Vegas’ rich history by visiting the photo booth in the Main Theater of the Clark County Library. There, guests perused the photo albums, as well as vintage cameras and artifacts.
To learn about all current News Bureau exhibits, visit http://www.lasvegas.com/listing/the-lvcva-presents-exhibitions-from-the-las-vegas-news-bureau-archives/32626/.
Would you be interested in joining us for future events like the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade or the Las Vegas Lineup? You can stay up-to-date on the latest events and announcements by becoming a Las Vegas Host Committee ambassador. Once you sign up, we will provide details of special events and other important tourism-related initiatives. 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 to become a Host Committee ambassador other than your commitment to better our community.
Making Las Vegas a better place to visit also makes it a better place to live and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!