When a McCarran International Airport official told the Governor’s Global Tourism Summit on Nov. 13 that El Al’s launch of direct service between Tel Aviv and Las Vegas earlier this year was a Christmas gift for the region, Steve Hill couldn’t resist: “[It] was probably a Hanukkah present, not a Christmas present.”
Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (which produces Las Vegas Newswire), elaborated on the close relationship LVCVA has forged with McCarran to draw more air traffic, which benefits the whole state. Hill addressed the issue during the summit at the Plaza Hotel.
When UNLV student Meredith Hall missed the deadline by one day to apply for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA) inaugural College Mentorship Program last year, she couldn’t wait to apply for the second class, which got underway earlier this month.
Hall and 30 other students will be mentored by local sports marketing leaders and other special events and tourism experts in the six-month program. Students met their mentors during a luncheon Oct. 16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center — the first of several networking events planned.
An ethereal performance of “Free Fallin’” secured Las Vegas native Kiara Brown a spot on a team on NBC’s The Voice. Now it’s on to the Battle Rounds (beginning Oct. 14), and the 22-year-old singer-songwriter can’t wait to show off the power of her voice and the depth of her heart.
She was one minute, 26 seconds into Tom Petty’s classic during her Blind Audition, a virtual eternity for a singer eagerly waiting for a coach, when Blake Shelton pressed the button to turn around, followed by Gwen Stefani. Brown soon finished, joy and a sense of relief palpable through the TV screen. Backstage, her parents Valauna and John Brown, brother Jaylen Brown, aunt Jeani and uncle Brandon Spencer beamed as she chose to be on Stefani’s team.
“Free Fallin’” is a song Brown has performed often on Las Vegas stages throughout her youth. She was comfortable with the choice, but she knew it had drawbacks.