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Ceremonial hoisting of final construction beam marks milestone for Las Vegas Convention Center District expansion

Carpenters, iron workers, steel workers, pipe workers and skilled craftspeople of multiple construction disciplines — in total, about 650 of them from the combined teams of Martin-Harris Construction and Turner Construction — have imprinted their souls, their sweat and their names upon it. Watch it go up, up, up and … INTO PLACE.

And there it is: the crane-lifted placement on Aug. 20 of the final beam, maneuvered with ceremonial fanfare, for what will be the new Las Vegas Convention Center exhibition hall — all 600,000 square feet of it.

“I got a little bit of a shiver,” says Brian Yost, COO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire) after the hoisting, the beam adorned with an America flag, banners bearing construction and union logos, and a compact, symbolic evergreen tree plopped atop it. “I was looking at the two tradesmen that were up there receiving that final beam and locking it into place. Just incredible admiration for the hard work that they do and the courage they exhibit, standing on the cutting edge of those beams. It brings it all into perspective.”


Travel titans


Airport, traffic and Las Vegas as an emerging sports hub top ‘Travel Talks’ confab

Airport security, motor-vehicle traffic and the oncoming wave of more major-league sports and other live entertainment events in Las Vegas dominated a conversation of more than two dozen travel and tourism leaders Aug. 14 at the Delano Las Vegas. Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., the LVCVA and the U.S. Travel Association hosted the “Travel Talks” roundtable.


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Vegas on TV

Here’s where to catch Vegas on your TV, Aug. 22-28

With the possible exception of employees of a certain department store chain that was famously dissed, 1988’s Rain Man remains a universally popular comedy-drama road flick. Exceptional performances by Tom Cruise as a callow wheeler-dealer, and Dustin Hoffman as his autistic savant brother light up this gem that kick’s off this week’s Vegas on TV.

Workers prepare to load used carpeting into the trailer-enclosed shredding machine on a loading dock outside the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the GES carpet recycling program by ALMA USA following the MAGIC Fashion Marketplace show on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (Mark Damon/Las Vegas News Bureau)

New eco-friendly, ‘zero-waste’ carpet recycling used at Las Vegas conventions

Alma USA is introducing Eco-Concept to Las Vegas this year, in which 100 percent recyclable polypropylene carpet is put down for a trade show. After the show, the carpet is lifted and fed into Eco-Concept’s mobile trailer-housed machine onsite, which shreds and compacts it.What you may have walked on may become something you sit on, thanks to a carpet-recycling innovation used at the recently concluded MAGIC trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as other industry shows in town.

Picture Yourself

Welcome back to MAGIC

Two times a year, the MAGIC Las Vegas fashion marketplace is one of the biggest shows in town. And this week, MAGIC comes together onto one campus at the Las Vegas Convention Center as the single gathering spot for like-minded visionaries in menswear, womenswear, footwear, children’s and sourcing. The entry to the show in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention center is always a popular spot for selfies, as fashion buyers and sellers announce to the world that they have arrived.

Hospitality Heroes

SENSE OF CONCIERGE-NCY: From safety pins to marriage proposals, this concierge (and Hospitality Hero) happily fulfills any (legal) request

Any concierge can help you land a table at the trendiest restaurant in town or score tickets to the hottest new show. But if you’re looking to rent a stripper pole? For your hotel room?
That might require the particular talents of a Las Vegas concierge.