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People mover project officially gets moving as tunneling commences at Las Vegas Convention Center

With a mere button press, Las Vegas literally tunneled its way into history at the Las Vegas Convention Center by triggering a potential “Kitty Hawk-type moment.”

Well, Wright on, Vegas!

“This community should take pride in what we’re doing here today,” said Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire) on Nov. 15. That’s when his finger-push on the start button helped kick The Boring Company’s giant drill into action in a 44-foot-wide pit dwelling 42 feet below the surface to begin tunneling out the convention center’s new $52.5 million underground people-mover transportation system.

And it’s when Hill declared his hope that history will eventually record it as a moment in the same realm as when Orville and Wilbur pioneered modern aviation.

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LVCVA chief outlines major tourism projects at governor’s summit  

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.

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LVCC expansion marks milestone

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.

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