As chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA) Las Vegas Host Committee, I know Las Vegas is a great place to visit 365 days a year and it’s even more special during the holidays!
In an effort to support the LVCVA’s mission of promoting Las Vegas as the world’s premiere destination for business and leisure travel, it’s important to keep our community up-to-date on the latest news and events attracting visitors to our wonderful city. Here’s a look at some exciting events happening in the coming weeks.
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 2015
Every December, our fabulous city turns country as we welcome the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In 2015, Las Vegas will celebrate its 31st year as the NFR’s host city, and the event has committed to returning to the destination through 2024. This year, more than 179,000 people are expected to dust off their western gear to attend the NFR at the Thomas and Mack Center on Dec. 3-12. The economic impact of NFR is estimated at $110 million annually.
Opening night of the NFR is ‘Vegas Night’ and the Host Committee is utilizing this opportunity to thank NFR fans for traveling to Las Vegas to enjoy the event. Our Host Committee ambassadors will be passing out cowboy-themed gifts to visitors and providing complimentary keepsake photos from our special Las Vegas-themed photo booth.
In addition to the big competition at the Thomas and Mack Center, the Las Vegas Convention Center also plays host to the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show. If boots, belt buckles and cowboy hats are on your holiday shopping list, Cowboy Christmas Gift Show is a must-see event. This year features more than 400 vendors from across the U.S. and Canada and is open to the public with free admission daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Dec. 3–12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Halls.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
The fun doesn’t stop for sports fans when the NFR leaves town. The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl is set for Dec. 19 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Las Vegas is expected to welcome 45,000 people for this year’s game. Everyone knows I’m a big sports fan (and an even bigger fan of sports betting!).
New Year’s Eve
Everything is always bigger in Vegas especially New Year’s Eve. Each year, our city hosts one of the biggest and best celebrations in the world.
Nowhere else can you experience a fireworks show as amazing as ours — Launched at midnight from the rooftops of Strip resorts. Las Vegas also has a reputation for developing an incredible lineup of headliners and nightlife options available at resorts throughout the destination.
In 2015, Las Vegas welcomed an estimated 340,000 visitors for New Year’s Eve, a testament to the strength and appeal of the Las Vegas as the place to be.
Convention visitation will start out big in 2016, as the Consumer Technology Association brings CES back to Las Vegas on Jan. 6-9. The show is considered the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. CES 2016 will utilize 2.3 million square feet of exhibit space while in Las Vegas. This year’s event is expected to attract more than 150,000 attendees from more than 150 countries. It’s amazing what these industry folks can accomplish. Sometimes I have difficulty opening my email! Large-scale events like CES 2016 truly give our city an opportunity to shine and showcase why Las Vegas is not only a great place to vacation, but also a serious place to do business.
The Host Committee is always recruiting new ambassadors to help spread the importance of tourism and support events like NFR, New Year’s Eve and CES. 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 other than your commitment to better our community.
I hope you’ll sign up for the Host Committee to stay up-to-date on the latest tourism-related news and the events happening in Southern Nevada. You can also follow the Host Committee on Twitter @VegasHosts. +