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Las Vegas Convention Center receives $20 million in capital improvements

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has completed a USD$20 million refurbishment of the Las Vegas Convention Center, as part of the wider USD$2.5 billion improvements being made to the Las Vegas Business District. The LVCVA implemented the changes, which are designed to enhance the delegate experience, to the 3.2 million-square-foot facility over the past two years while working around shows and events in the building.

“The Las Vegas Convention Center is home to many of the top trade shows in the country,” said Terry Jicinsky, Senior Vice President of Operations for the LVCVA.  “It is important to keep the facility fresh and offer its more than a million yearly guests the convenience that will make conducting business in Las Vegas a success.”

The first noticeable change is the façade of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Two different shades of gray paint now cover the once mauve exterior to create a more modern look. In addition, the Green car park has been expanded, adding more than eight acres to the lot.  Designs are underway on two more car parks to allow for more convenient access.

Inside, more than one million square feet of new red carpet has been installed. The lighting has also been upgraded in the Central and North Halls.  The new fixtures deliver up to 20% more light, though using 42% less energy. The interior has also been painted.

In a worldwide first, Starbucks has added a double sided counter inside its recently expanded store.  Being able to serve the customers from both side of the counter has resulted in faster service.

American Express has opened its OPEN Business Lounge inside the main entrance of the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The 3,400 square-foot lounge serves American Express OPEN card members and new applicants and offers refreshments, free WiFi, computer and printer access, and seating for meetings or relaxation. It is the first OPEN Business Lounge on the West Coast.

All of the recent improvements will be integrated into future plans for Las Vegas Global Business District, an overarching vision for the Las Vegas Convention Center and the surrounding area. The USD$2.5 billion Global Business District will create an international business destination by incorporating major renovations of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leveraging the World Trade Center designation, and developing transportation connectivity through a centralised hub.

The Las Vegas Convention Center, located adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the largest convention centers in the country. It hosts an average of sixty meetings, events, conventions and trade shows a year, with more than 1.2 million visitors. Nearly 14,000 local jobs are supported by events held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which generate more than $1.6 billion in local economic impact. Trade Show News Network has named Las Vegas as the top trade show destination in North America for nineteen consecutive years, hosting 53 the top 250 shows in 2012.

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