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2014 Brings new convention business to Las Vegas

The Las Vegas economy is expected to receive a multi-million dollar boost this year thanks to the addition of new convention business and the return of rotating shows. The American Library Association’s annual conference and exhibition, American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER and Solar Power International are all scheduled to take place in Las Vegas in 2014 for the first time. These three new shows are expected to bring an estimated 50,000 attendees generating nearly $63 million in local non-gaming economic impact. The destination will also welcome 70 new conventions of at least 500 attendees each during 2014, bringing an estimated 100,000 additional delegates to Las Vegas.

"We are always seeking new business," said Chris Meyer, Vice President of Global Business Sales for the LVCVA. "Las Vegas has been the number one trade show destination in North America for 19 consecutive years. We offer an array of unique resorts, world-class entertainment, unmatched customer service and the equivalent of 185 football fields of meeting and exhibition space in one convenient destination. This combination provides groups with the opportunity to conduct serious business, but also balance it with interesting team-building or networking activities."

In addition to the new business, nine rotating shows return to the destination this year attracting more than 320,000 delegates for a non-gaming economic impact of $404 million. The rotating shows include the return of the CONEXPO-CON/AGG construction show, one of the largest shows held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Convention and trade show delegates represent approximately 12.7 percent of all visitors to the Southern Nevada region, approximately 5.1 million business travelers a year. Las Vegas’ meetings and convention industry employs approximately 58,000 people and generates as much as $6.8 billion in local non-gaming economic impact.

The SLS Las Vegas to Open May 2014
The highly anticipated SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is due to open on the Strip in early May this year. SLS Las Vegas will be an all-encompassing resort with 80,000 square feet of event space, as well as 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 9,000 square foot ballroom. The SLS’ collection of restaurants and nightlife offers an array of event spaces, such as The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya, Cleo, 800 Degrees, Umami Burger, The Sayers Club and The Griddle Café. The resort will house a total of 1,600 bedrooms. SLS Las Vegas joins Preferred Hotels & Resorts alongside sister property SLS Hotel South Beach, which has been a member since 2012.

The Strip’s First Stand-Alone Boutique Hotel, The Cromwell Set To Open May 21st 2014
Caesars Entertainment’s new boutique hotel project The Cromwell, has announced it is opening on 21st May, and is now taking room bookings for its first guests this Spring. The Cromwell Hotel and Casino, positioned at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard will offer an exceptional luxury Las Vegas hotel experience in an intimate boutique hotel setting. On a far smaller scale than most Vegas hotels, The Cromwell will offer 188 rooms and suites, as well as Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentis’ first-ever restaurant, GIADA, which will seat 260 guests and offer a private dining room for large parties. The Cromwell will also boast Drai's three daylife/nightlife venues set to elevate the nightlife scene in the city. Drai’s Beachclub Nightclub (65,000-square-feet) boasts 150 VIP tables as well as 40 daybeds, offering a unique indoor/outdoor option for events in Las Vegas.

Sky Villa Suites Unveiled at The New Tropicana
The newly renovated Tropicana resort in Las Vegas has unveiled their Sky Villa Suites, which offer an entirely new level of luxury accommodation for guests. Located on the 20th floor of the Paradise tower, the suites offer breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip with floor-to-ceiling windows. The Sky Villa Suites are a key part of the resort’s approximate USD $200 million transformation which incorporates all 1,467 guestrooms, the casino floor and restaurants, and the Tropicana Theatre. The newly transformed Tropicana Theater is a modern venue with vibrant colors and premium technology that accommodates up to 1,045 guests with oversized cabaret- and theater-style seating. However, Tropicana resort proffers an array of meetings and events spaces from intimate rooms seating up to 45 delegates to the Cohiba Ballroom which seats up to 2,700 guests.

Bellagio Introduces The First Ever Chef’s Table Within A Buffet
Once again, Bellagio is raising the bar in buffet dining with the introduction of the first ever Chef’s Table as part of a hotel buffet. The unique V.I.P. table experience includes a skilled chef team that pampers guests from beginning to end, preparing the finest culinary dishes tableside. Upon arrival to the Bellagio Buffet, guests will bypass the main line and go to the front entrance of the restaurant where they are greeted and escorted to the Chef’s Table. Throughout the Chef’s Table epicurean adventure, guests are encouraged to explore the American and international cuisine stations at their leisure, providing the optimum way to enjoy all aspects of a Las Vegas Buffet experience. The Bellagio’s Chef’s table offers delegates with a uniquely Vegas dining experience.

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