Las Vegas aiming to keep US top spot with refurbishment

The Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC) has unveiled a £420m enhancement plan as part of the city’s bid to grow its share of business visitors and retain its position as the top US conference destination. Construction will start later this year and is expected to run until 2010. The project will see the construction of a new 9,300m2 general session space. Other developments include the addition of meeting rooms to the South Hall’s exhibition space, a new front lobby connecting the North, South and Central Halls, and renovation and upgrading of the existing facility. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau (LVCVB) president and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter said the development was essential if the city were to retain its pole position, as 59 of the top 67 convention facilities in the US are also undergoing or planning upgrades. “Las Vegas is continually reinventing itself as a destination, and this will an opportunity for the convention centre to reinvent itself and remain at the top of the industry,” he said. “We will continue to provide the world-class customer service our clients expect.” The city expects to add 35,000 new rooms to its hotel inventory by 2010, and the LVCVB is aiming to increase visitor numbers to 43 million by 2009, as well as growing the percentage of business visitors from 15% to 20%. The development follows extensive research with LVCC customers and stakeholders and will be incorporated throughout the project in an attempt to minimise disruption. Other aspects of the upgrade include improving access to the LVCC, building an enclosed connection between the centre and its monorail station, and the addition of police and fire substations and a customer support centre.

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