What Happens in Vegas…


From the recently opened T-Mobile Arena to MGM Resorts International’s The Park – a new outdoor dining and entertainment space – there’s something new to entertain visitors in The Entertainment Capital of the World.

“What we say in Vegas lately is that we’re refurbishing, re-branding and refreshing everything,” Kelly Sawyer, sales executive, international sales at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (CVA) told PressToday. “The Park is an actual park on the Las Vegas Strip in the area of land between New York-New York and Monte Carlo. There’s common areas and outdoor dining, and we’re very excited to have a major new arena on the strip.”

Representatives from the Las Vegas CVA were joined in Toronto yesterday (May 19) by 13 tourism partners – including a wedding chapel – for a VIP travel trade lunch.

Canadians represent over 30% of all international arrivals to the destination.

“Canada is the number one source of international visitation to Las Vegas,” says David Han, account manager – Canada for the Las Vegas CVA. “We had over 1.9 million visitors from Canada in 2015.”

Despite challenges like the sinking Loonie, he’s cautiously optimistic about inbound figures for the rest of the year, and says some partners are offering incentives like dollar-at-par programs.

“It’s going to be a tough year as we all know, but the airlines have not dropped any capacity into Las Vegas,” he says. “We’re not going to see a huge growth this year, but it will be stable.”

Pictured above at the event are (l-r) Marsha Mowers, Connect Worldwide Canada, Han, Sawyer and Charmaine Singh, Connect Worldwide Canada. Below: representatives from the Las Vegas CVA, MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Maverick Aviation, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, Venetian/Palazzo, Wynn/Encore, Tropicana Las Vegas, Elara – a Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Graceland Wedding Chapel and Las Vegas Monorail.