INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Las Vegas fields big increase in venue enquiries

The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority's (LVCVA) UK office claims it is handling four times the volume of enquiries for 2003 compared to last year.

Convention attendance in Las Vegas was up by 17.8% for the year to May 2002, with the destination hosting in excess of 411,000 delegates. The value of conventions during the same period was up by ten per cent to more than $437m (£281.7m).

LVCVA UK representative Stella Clery-Ackland said: "UK corporate clients are still looking to run C&I programmes overseas but they want a cheaper alternative, and Las Vegas offers groups tremendous value for money."

Hotel occupancy rates for the same period were down by 1.9% to 90%.

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