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Reflecting on the Las Vegas Convention Center on its 60th anniversary

Since its inaugural convention, the World Congress of Flight, helped it take wing on April 12, 1959, the Las Vegas Convention Center has racked up six decades of hosting visitors, from diploma-waving Las Vegas graduates to nuclear code-bearing American presidents. Between those ends of the spectrum have been millions of trade-show conventioneers and their confabs sending multimillion-dollar streams of revenue flowing into the coffers of Las Vegas — from CES to MAGIC to National Association of Broadcasters and all manner of specialty conferences. Now, amid its ambitious $1.4 billion expansion project that is expected to catapult Las Vegas years ahead of its convention competition, the future looks to be fertile ground for many more memorable — and historical — moments.


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Photos & Videos

60th slideshow: Memorable and rare moments in the history of the Las Vegas Convention Center

From the 1957 voter campaign to the latest construction images, take a stroll through time as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Las Vegas Convention Center with images from the archives of the Las Vegas News Bureau.

Giving BackPhotos & Videos

Backstreet Boys donate to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada

The Backstreet Boys put philanthropy front and center — and their handprints in cement — at a recent ceremony at Planet Hollywood resort-casino.

Giving BackSpotlight

SPACE FOR THE DISPLACED: Sands Cares, Jon Bon Jovi join Nevada nonprofit in effort to house more homeless youth

The fundraising campaign came in direct response to the Southern Nevada Plan to End Youth Homelessness, unveiled at November’s Southern Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit.


RAINBOW PERFECTION: Trio of Las Vegas hotels get top scores for LGBTQ inclusion

Caesars Entertainment Corp., MGM Resorts International and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas scored 100 on the index; the foundation rates them as Best Places to Work for LBGTQ Equality.


ABSOLUTELY NAB-ULOUS: A rundown of NAB Show 2019

An annual Las Vegas staple for nearly three decades, NAB is the world’s largest convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. But the expo, now among the city’s largest, bloomed from modest roots.


On scene: Images from the show floor

Walk the show floor with Las Vegas Newswire’s Mark Damon as he captures images among the 1,600 exhibitors and more than 91,000 attendees spread across 1 million square feet of space in the Las Vegas Convention Center.