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.
How’s it coming along? Quite nicely, thank you. Or put another, more statistically precise way: More than halfway done.
That’s the milestone celebrated on Oct. 24, when the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) marked the completion of 53 percent of the construction on its 1.4-million-square foot expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Highlighted by a 600,000-square-foot West Hall, the new exhibit facility — targeted for completion in December 2020 — will claim the title of largest column-free venue in North America. Renovation of the existing 3.2-million-square-foot convention center will begin in the summer of 2021, with the entire $1.52-billion development expected to be finished in 2024.
More than $1 billion in economic impact will be pumped into Southern Nevada coffers thanks to a new agreement between the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to bring the latter’s yearly International Builders’ Show (IBS) to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) annually for 13 consecutive years.