Tourism, convention industry witness momentum in Las Vegas

Published on : Friday, April 30, 2021

The rebound of the Las Vegas tourism and convention industry continues to gain momentum ahead of a busy summer and the return of many of the city’s biggest conventions. That includes the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which officially announced plans to take over the newly renovated and expanded Las Vegas Convention Centre on January 5, 2022.

“The convention calendar’s looking robust,” said Lori Nelson-Kraft, Senior Vice President of Communications at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Early June really kicks off the convention season once again with the arrival of World of Concrete. We have 30 other shows on the books for the remainder of 2021.”

Nelson-Kraft says those shows may look a little smaller, but won’t diminish from the important meeting in person once again, back in Las Vegas. “You saw it with CES announcement this morning, that they’re committed to an in-person show this January and we’re thrilled to have them back. The conventions are going to come back. They’re just going to look a little smaller in the short term.”

The importance of seeing a resurgence in conventions and meetings goes to the heart of the city’s economy and filling hotel rooms Sunday through Thursday.

“When you saw the visitation numbers come out yesterday for March, and you’re seeing more than a 40 per cent increase in visitation,” said Nelson-Kraft. “That is just leisure business on its own. The return of the business customers Sunday through Thursday ushers in what the destination needs in order for the resorts to recover, for the hospitality workers to have increased hours and fuller schedules, it’s a win-win.”

On the leisure side, insiders like Billy Vassiliadis, CEO of R&R Partners which created the ‘what happens here’ campaign, say weekend visitation stands to be very strong.

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