December 2018
Host Committee Newsletter

Chairman's Corner
It’s that time of the year to reflect on personal, professional and organizational achievements. I’m thrilled the Las Vegas Host Committee continues to welcome and thank the thousands of visitors attending tradeshows, conferences and sporting events throughout the year. Las Vegas has transformed into the premier destination for high profile sporting events, and, this season, our Host Committee fan booths have become very popular with visitors and locals as we give away free promotional items and photo opportunities with our famous Las Vegas showgirls.  
Of course, the most rewarding part of being Las Vegas’ number one Ambassador are the opportunities to speak to our local community and amazing industry professionals about the importance of tourism for our livelihood. Without all of you, we would not continue to attract millions of visitors to experience the most exhilarating city in the world.
Las Vegas evolves each year with new resorts, restaurants, shows, and renovations to convention centers and popular attractions. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will remain instrumental in keeping Las Vegas in high demand and ranking as the number one convention, leisure and sporting destination for our diverse visitors.
Personally, I could not ask for a better life. My favorite hashtag is #YOLO, so let’s all continue Making Vegas Happen. Cheers to a prosperous, peaceful and exciting 2019!



Upcoming Events

2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) hosts an estimated 40,0000 out-of-town visitors to Las Vegas for 10 action-packed days, Dec. 6-15 with a $113 million economic impact to our destination. The world’s top rodeo athletes will compete for the gold buckle in seven different categories at the Thomas & Mack Center and the rest of the destination goes country with concerts, gift shows and more. Click to Tweet
The 27th Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl will feature Arizona State to face Mountain West Champion No. 21 Fresno State on Dec. 15 at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. Expected to attract more than 25,000 football enthusiasts, it will result in $27.4 million economic impact. Click to Tweet

Please use your digital signage and social media to welcome these attendees. 




December Notable Dates

World Aids Day – December 1
Hanukkah Begins – December 2-10
Winter Begins – December 21
Christmas Eve - December 24
Christmas Day – December 25
New Year’s Eve – December 31




Coming Up Next Month

CES 2018 – January 8-11
Promotional Products Association International (PPAI Expo 2019) – January 13-17
World of Concrete – January 22-25
International Surface Event – January 22-25
Shooting Hunting Outdoor Tradeshow (SHOT Show) – January 22-25
AVN Adult Entertainment Expo – January 23-26
Las Vegas Market Winter 2018 – January 27-31




Destination Insider Information

Click here for this month’s Destination Highlights. Don’t forget to share this information with your networks. 




Las Vegas Newswire

Written and produced by the Las Vegas News Bureau team, Las Vegas Newswire tells the entertaining and compelling stories about the individuals and organizations who are The Heartbeat of Southern Nevada Tourism.  Here are some of their stories:

Rich Little, who celebrates his 80th birthday on November 26, talks about his early days in Las Vegas and how he went from an opening act to a headliner.
Las Vegas Golden Knight Deryk Engelland talks to Las Vegas Newswire about a moment he will never forget.... speaking to a packed T-Mobile Arena before the Vegas Golden Knights' very first home game, one week after the tragic events of 1 October.
Littlest Pet Shop: Teen biz-wiz Nana Sarfo of Summerlin turned her Littlest Pet Shop collecting passion into a bona fide convention, attracting fans from around the country. She spoke to Las Vegas Newswire about the creation of her convention.




LVCVA Marketing Highlights

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame game was held for the first time in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 27. A sold-out crowd at the Orleans Arena watched as the University of North Dakota defeated the University of Minnesota 3-1. The LVCVA-sponsored game featured ancillary events including official welcome and pregame parties. Additionally, Las Vegas branding was displayed throughout the arena including an on-ice logo.
Canada’s The Morning Show Vegas Halloween Episode: Last week, Las Vegas was featured in a special Halloween episode of Canada’s The Morning Show. The episode was a tribute to the end of Celine Dion’s iconic Las Vegas residency. The hosts got into the spirit of Vegas Halloween by donning costumes of other famous resident performers, including Donny and Marie Osmond, Cher, and Rod Stewart. Comedian George Wallace was also interviewed. To date, the telecast has garnered more than 830,000 impressions. WATCH: The Morning News Vegas Halloween 
Las Vegas hosted PBR: Unleash the Beast World Finals, Nov. 7-11, welcoming 68,000 attendees to T-Mobile Arena. PBR celebrated its 25th edition with a full week of events, including the Western Gift Expo, PBR Heroes & Legends Celebration, a charity golf tournament, after-parties and live entertainment in the Monster Energy Party Zone at Toshiba Plaza. Las Vegas received in-arena branding and message board announcements during all performances of the World Finals. In addition, the destination was featured during the live broadcasts on CBS Sports Network.

The 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards were held Thursday, Nov. 15, at MGM Grand Garden Arena. For the eleventh year, Las Vegas returned as the official host city, sponsoring star-studded events including the 2018 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala and the official Latin GRAMMY After Party. The sponsorship included a live, in-broadcast commercial spot, on-air mentions and more.




Tourism Industry News

Las Vegas Welcomes More Than 3.4 Million in September 2018
September 2018 was another busy month for Las Vegas, with more than 3.4 million visitors stopping by. Convention attendance was down 5.6 percent for the month due to show rotations. However, the destination welcomed more than 437,000 business travelers. Gaming revenue generated more than $843 million for Clark County.  (LVCVA news release, October 30, 2018)
McCarran Continues Four Million Passengers Streak
McCarran International Airport announced that more than 4 million passengers passed through the airport in September. This is the seventh consecutive month the nation’s eighth-busiest airport’s passenger count exceeds 4 million. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 2.4 percent.  (McCarran news release, October 30, 2018)
U.S. Travel Grows in September
The latest Travel Trends Index report from U.S. Travel Association indicated that travel to and within the U.S. grew 1.6 percent year-over-year in September. This marks the industry’s 105th straight month of overall expansion. Domestic travel is leveling off, however, with almost all domestic travel in September being supported by leisure travel, which grew at a decelerated rate of 1.8 percent.  (U.S. Travel news release, November 6, 2018)
Flair Airlines Launches New Direct Service from Edmonton to Las Vegas
On Nov. 8, McCarran International Airport welcomed new service from Canadian-based carrier Flair Airlines with a direct flight from Edmonton, Alberta. Canada represents the largest source of international visitors to Las Vegas, with nearly 1.5 million visitors each year. Las Vegas will welcome four weekly Flair flights from November 8 through April 30. The economic impact from this route is expected to bring nearly $26 million to Southern Nevada. READ MORE (LVCVA news release, November 8, 2018)

Las Vegas Visitation Increases
Las Vegas welcomed nearly 3.7 million visitors in October 2018, an increase of 2.1 percent from last year. More than 665,000 convention attendees stopped into the destination for the month. Citywide occupancy was up 1.4 points to 91.4 percent, while RevPAR increased 4.2 percent to $130.18.  (LVCVA news release, November 27, 2018)


Speakers Bureau

We want to speak to your group!
Are you a member of any type of group and looking for a speaker? Look no further! The LVCVA Speakers Bureau is able to provide a speaker to share the value of tourism to our local community. For more information or to schedule a speaker, contact Sandra Perez at, or you may contact our office at 702-892-7634.