Convention business to generate £209m for Las Vegas economy

Las Vegas is anticipating a multi-million dollar boost to its economy this year thanks to a series of convention wins and the return of several rotating events.

Convention business to generate £209m for Las Vegas economy
Convention business to generate £209m for Las Vegas economy

A total of 12 major events are planned for 2015, expected to draw an estimated 242,000 delegates generating almost £209m ($315m) in local non-gaming economic impact. Nine of these shows will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

The city will host the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual conference for the first time in November and Magic: The Gathering Tournament in May. These two events alone are expected to attract around 35,000 attendees and generate £30.5m ($46m) for the economy.

"Whether this is a show’s first time here or it’s been a while, Las Vegas is always an excellent choice for group business," said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

"Over the past few years, we’ve seen exciting developments in Las Vegas with new resorts, attractions and restaurants opening. Add in top-notch customer service and nearly 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space and it’s easy to see why Las Vegas continues to be a global leader for business travel."

Key events returning to the city this year include the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's Pack Expo in September bringing an estimated 43,000 delegates and The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcoming 25,000 attendees in November.

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ICC Birmingham wins three association contracts

Aberdeen Council gives go-ahead for new £333m AECC

AECC wins £5m worth of association events

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