In 2015, Las Vegas celebrated a major milestone after welcoming 42.3 million visitors. In addition to its-long standing reputation as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is also known as a top trade show destination. In fact, Trade Show News Network recently named Las Vegas the No. 1 trade show destination for the 22nd consecutive year after hosting 54 of the largest shows held in the country in 2015.
This convention and meetings business is critical to the growth of tourism in Southern Nevada. In addition to attracting people to Las Vegas for business ventures, meetings and conventions support more than 66,500 local jobs and $2.7 billion in local wages and salaries. Overall, the meetings and convention industry has a $9.3 billion economic impact on the local community.
No other city is equipped to host the volume and events of visitors that we have in Las Vegas. The destination has always been popular for weekend visits, but meetings and conventions help fill Las Vegas’ nearly 150,000 hotel rooms all week long.
Now, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA) Host Committee is calling on the community to help draw attention to the importance of tourism on our economy.
Each year during the first week in May, the tourism industry nationwide celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week, a program developed by the U.S. Travel Association. This nationwide week of events serves to champion the power of our industry, and is America’s annual salute to travel and tourism. The LVCVA has several activations planned for this year’s celebration, which takes place May 1-7, 2016. Las Vegas will mark the occasion with a special tourism rally, media appearances and a surprise activation in Downtown Las Vegas.
This year, our goal is to ensure that travel – and its positive impact – is part of the discussion amidst the 2016 election season especially with the final Presidential Debate taking place in Las Vegas on October 19, 2016. After all, travel is a primary industry in Southern Nevada and nationwide. That’s why we’re having travel “hit the campaign trail” for National Travel and Tourism Week 2016. This year’s National Travel and Tourism Week theme is “Travel ’16”. There’s no debate about it – travel is a bipartisan industry that works for America.
We encourage our entire community to show travel and tourism truly does matter for the well-being of our local economy not only during National Travel and Tourism Week, but all year long. 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. Once you sign up, we will provide details of special events in support of National Travel and Tourism week and other important tourism-related initiatives. We’d love to see you at some of the fun events we have planned for National Travel and Tourism Week. If you can’t join us, you can also show your support for the tourism industry by wearing red- a unifying color for the travel industry.
Anyone from the community can become an ambassador by registering on our website www.lvcva.com/host or emailing our office at email@example.com. It costs nothing other than your commitment to better our community.
There is never a shortage of things to celebrate in Las Vegas so this May, let’s take the opportunity to celebrate our No. 1 economic driver- tourism!