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Las Vegas celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week

Travel Matters — that’s the theme of the annual National Travel & Tourism Week celebration through May 11, as sponsored by the U.S. Travel Association, and celebrated locally by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire).

Earlier this week, Oscar B. Goodman, chairman of the LVCVA’s Host Committee — accompanied by showgirls and Cash, the “Soccer Rocker” mascot of the Las Vegas Lights FC —  kicked off the observance at McCarran International Airport. The former Las Vegas mayor hosted more than 1,000 employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and presented them with a service dedication award. In addition, Goodman also delivered a keynote address at the 25th anniversary celebration of Valley High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism program.

Every year, the LVCVA recognizes “Hospitality Heroes” — hospitality workers at Southern Nevada’s hotels and attractions (many of whom are profiled on Las Vegas Newswire). Heroes are recognized because they have gone above and beyond the requirements of their jobs to deliver the best customer service to every visitor they encounter.

Since 2008, when the program launched, 527 of these employees have been recognized. Another 44 are set to be celebrated in 2019 as they will be surprised during visits from Goodman and the showgirls, and awarded plaques, certificates of recognition and commemorative lapel pins.

All of the latest Hospitality Heroes will be profiled on Las Vegas Newswire. (Click here for profiles of recent Hospitality Heroes.)

In addition, the LVCVA will partner with Vitalant for the fourth annual “Blood Drive Challenge for Tourism” drive, kicking off May 10, and continuing through Aug. 31.

Underscoring the “Travel Matters” theme:

  • Las Vegas draws more than 42 million tourists annually.
  • Tourism generates an estimated $60 billion annually toward the Southern Nevada economy.
  • Without tourism, families in Southern Nevada would have to pay an additional $2,789 in taxes.
  • Tourism supports 39 percent of the Southern Nevada workforce, or 382,700 local jobs.


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