HITCHED NICHE: Wedding pros say ‘I do’ to Las Vegas at Convention Center trade show

It’s hard to imagine a better location for a wedding industry trade show than the wedding capital of the world. After all, everybody loves coming to Las Vegas, whether or not they have marriage on their minds. That’s what organizers of the Wedding MBA show discovered when they made the decision to move it here, from Phoenix, in the convention’s early years.

“It was a real game-changer for us,” says Shannon Underwood, conference director of Wedding MBA (Merchants Business Academy). The move “helped boost attendance, and people were really excited to visit Las Vegas.”


THEY’D LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY: Local hospitality workers prepare for careers at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas

On a recent weekday morning, inside a big, rust-colored building in North Las Vegas, about a dozen students are training for one of the most in-demand jobs in the valley.

They make and remake beds, fold towels, vacuum carpets and scrub bathrooms. They meet in “classrooms” designed to look like hotel suites and named for properties, miles away on the glamorous Las Vegas Strip, in which they hope to soon be employed — MGM, Caesars, Tropicana and Bellagio among them.

Landing these jobs shouldn’t be a problem.

“Our students, they come over here and within four days they already have jobs waiting for them,” says Nancy Cor, senior housekeeping instructor for the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. “We train them to be successful.”

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THIRST DATE: Walk for Water raises awareness of global water issues — and $120k — at eighth annual Springs Preserve event

More than a thousand walkers, plus volunteers and one mayor gathered in the local desert Sept. 21 to raise awareness of worldwide water issues.

“Who ordered the perfect day?” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman asked the cheerful crowd about to embark on a three-mile trek in the mild morning sunshine at Springs Preserve.

One Drop, an international foundation created in 2007 by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté and dedicated to providing access to safe water in the world’s most vulnerable communities, hosts the annual Walk for Water.