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Published on : Friday, October 13, 2017
MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren and other local and international tourism executives spoke about the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, to thank those who responded to the tragedy. He also reassured people that the mishap hasn’t damaged Vegas’ image among travel industry professionals.
Murren said, “IMEX being here is really beautiful, almost poetic, given what we’ve experienced in the last few days. We are heartbroken but not broken,” and added that, “And we are working together to heal this city, this industry.”
Murren was joined by Ray Bloom, chairman of IMEX; Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, David Peckinpaugh, president, Maritz Global Events and Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association.
“This affects all of us,” Dow said. “We have watched other communities deal with this, whether it was Boston or whether it was Orlando. You watched them come from a one-off incident like this and say we’re not going to let this define us.”
Since outdoor events are increasingly popular in Las Vegas, security will need to be spruced up, so that similar incidents can be checked in the future.
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