Summer is upon us and for many, the season is associated with road trips, barbeques, county fairs and carnivals. Here in Las Vegas, there’s no shortage of entertainment and events to enjoy. In particular, Las Vegas is looking forward to hosting a unique type of carnival this summer-the- Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC)! Hundreds of thousands of electronic-dance music fans are expected to flock to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 17-19 for the return of this iconic festival. Be sure to welcome these visitors as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of this event.
Las Vegas is also a hot spot for sports fans this month. On June 22, the National Hockey League (NHL) will host the 2016 NHL Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This will mark the seventh time the NHL honors its top players and performances with an event in Las Vegas. In addition, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas will serve as NHL Headquarters during the 2016 NHL Awards, providing plenty of opportunities for athletes and fans to celebrate the end of the season.
The summer of 2016 will also be remembered as an important time in Las Vegas history with the demolition of the Riviera. The LVCVA recently signed a contract for the Riviera demolition to occur in phases and incorporates a number of tactics, including the implosion of two towers in June and August 2016, respectively. This will make room for new exhibit space to maintain Las Vegas’ reputation as the top destination for business travel.
The Riviera demolition will bring forth the future of the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD)-a transformative project that will redefine the destination and launch Las Vegas 25 years ahead of the competition. The LVCCD project is critical to Nevada because the convention piece of the tourism business is a major contributor to the state’ s economy. In Southern Nevada, the industry contributes more than $9.3 billion to the local economy and supports 54,000 local jobs and $2.7 billion in local wages and salaries. One meeting of about 50,000 attendees generates about $70 million in economic activity. We’ll be sure to update our ambassadors as the project progresses.
Las Vegas hosted 54 of the 250 largest trade shows in the country in 2015! Nearly 1.3 million visitors attended an event at the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2015. This accounts for 22 percent of Southern Nevada’s total convention attendance, securing Las Vegas’ rank as the No. 1 trade show destination in North America for the 22nd consecutive year. It’s crucial that we stay a step ahead of the competition and continue to provide our customers with a business environment which meets the changing demands and opportunities of a very dynamic industry.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for October 19. That’s when Las Vegas will play host to the final 2016 Presidential Debate before the election. UNLV partnered with the LVCVA to submit a bid to serve as one of four host cities for a debate. This is the first time a city and university have joined forces to attract a presidential debate. High-profile events like this one will help demonstrate that Las Vegas is not only a great place to visit, but a serious place to do business.
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.
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