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 April 16, 2015
Las Vegas Rallies In Support of North American Meetings Industry Day

 The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) joined leaders from across the Las Vegas meeting and convention industry to celebrate the inaugural North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID) on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at The LINQ promenade. The meetings, conventions and trade show industry has a significant impact on the local economy supporting 54,000 jobs and generating more than $7 billion in economic impact.

"Tourism is the economic engine that drives this town and the meeting industry plays a significant role," said Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly, chairman of the LVCVA Board of Directors. "The 5 million-plus people who come to Las Vegas every year for a meeting, convention or trade show, help fill hotel rooms during mid-week, they support jobs and they significantly contribute to the local economy."

To celebrate NAMID, Commissioner Weekly presented Chris Brown, executive vice president of conventions and business operations of National Association of Broadcasters, with the Key to the Las Vegas Strip during a press event at The LINQ. NAB Show, which just wrapped up at the Las Vegas Convention Center bringing an estimated 100,000 attendees, is just one of the more than 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade shows that happen in Las Vegas every year.

Michael Dominguez, Meetings Mean Business' co-chair and senior vice president of corporate sales at MGM Resorts International. "We are excited to be involved in such a meaningful day that unites our industry not only in Las Vegas, but also across the United States, Canada and Mexico. As the meeting capital of the world, Las Vegas is the ideal place to showcase how meetings build personal relationships, drive positive outcomes and support strong communities."

"North American Meetings Industry Day is a crucial step in promoting the importance of the meetings industry in our communities," said Mike Massari, treasurer for U.S. Travel Association and senior vice president for Caesars Entertainment National Meetings and Events. "That's why Caesars Entertainment is proud to host the first-ever celebration of NAMID in Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade. We know how vital the meetings and events business is to all of our properties across the country, because we host almost 2 million attendees each year. It's because of the value the meetings industry has to our business and the entire Las Vegas Valley that we decided to come together with our fellow hospitality leaders to celebrate."

Las Vegas boasts nearly 11 million square feet of meeting space in addition to a wide array of event, dining and entertainment venues that are also used for group business. Trade Show News Network recently recognized Las Vegas as the No. 1 trade show destination in the country for the 21st consecutive year.

Las Vegas resort and business partners continually invest in improvements to keep the industry fresh and appealing to business travelers. Some recent upgrades include:

- The Mandalay Bay Convention Center is adding 350,000 square feet of exhibit space, more carpeted ballroom space and other amenities for a total of more than 2 million square feet. The $66 million project is on schedule to welcome its first attendees in August, with the anticipated completion of the entire expansion and renovation in January 2016.

- With the purchase of the Riviera Hotel and Casino, the LVCVA is moving forward with plans for the Las Vegas Global Business District which will add 750,000 square feet of new exhibition space and 187,500 square feet of additional meeting space to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The renovation of the existing facility includes adding a 100,000-square-foot general session space and another 100,000 square feet of meeting space.

- Caesars Entertainment's LINQ Promenade offers a variety of restaurants, retail outlets and non-gaming entertainment options, many of which provide thousands of square feet of unique meeting venues.

- The newly branded and renovated LINQ Hotel & Casino will open all new meeting space on May 1.

- The Venetian Las Vegas recently renovated all standard guest suites, including desks fitted with a media "hub" system, providing a/c and USB charging capabilities for phones and laptops. This new system gives business travelers a flexible and convenient workspace while on the road. In addition, a new FedEx Office-branded business center recently opened at the Venetian and Palazzo Congress Center, which is a complement to the recently complete multi-million dollar remodel of the adjacent Sands Expo & Convention Center.

- The Encore Tower Suites and Encore Resort Tower at Wynn Las Vegas will undergo room renovations beginning this summer. The project includes new furnishings, carpeting, technology and added USB plugs and electrical outlets.

- The revitalization of Monte Carlo and New York-New York will lead visitors to The Park, an immersive outdoor destination, and a new world-class 20,000-seat arena being developed by AEG and MGM Resorts International, is scheduled to open in 2016.

- Bally's Pacific and Las Vegas Ballrooms will undergo extensive renovations this year.

- Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas introduced a new meeting and event space known as The Gallery. Located in the center of the property's porte-cochère, the unique loft-style venue offers 1,900 square feet of space perfect for an 80-person seated dinner or a cocktail reception for up to 200 guests.

- The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas restyled its 30,000 square feet of event and function space offering a fresh approach to modern luxury with newly redesigned ballrooms and meeting rooms.

- Tropicana Las Vegas expanded the Tropicana Pavilion and increased the resort's total meeting and convention facilities to 100,000 square feet.

- Venue Las Vegas is the newest addition to the Fremont East area of downtown Las Vegas offering approximately 40,000 square feet of event space, three levels and a rooftop with stunning views of Downtown Las Vegas.

- The JW Marriott recently launched Meetings Imagined, an online product for meeting planners. The Meetings Imagined website is intended to inspire the viewer and help them imagine the possibilities of their meetings.

- South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa opened a new 60-lane, state o-of-the-art tournament bowling plaza. The South Point Bowling Plaza is a 90,000-square-foot facility with luxurious spectator seating for 360 people.


The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With more than 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and nearly 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.


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