Welcoming the World to Las Vegas

By Oscar B. Goodman, LVCVA Host Committee Chairman



Everyone knows I am devoted to Las Vegas and all it offers to our visitors and especially our community. I live the brand by serving as the Official Ambassador of Las Vegas tourism in my role as Chair of the Las Vegas Host Committee. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) created a permanent Host Committee in 2011 with two main objectives: 1. To welcome the many business and leisure visitors of Las Vegas’ citywide conventions and special events; 2. To educate the local community about the value of tourism to Southern Nevada. 


To continue the Host Committee’s mission of rolling out the red carpet for our visitors, last month, I welcomed the largest Senior Softball Tournament – The World Masters Championships with 625 teams from all over the United States during their opening ceremony at the Big League Dreams Sports Park. On Friday, Oct. 26, our famous Las Vegas Showgirls along with high school and college volunteers will surprise and thank fans prior to the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Tampa Bay Lightning game. We will also have a Las Vegas booth at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open from Thursday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 4. We encourage our community to come out and support Las Vegas’ sporting events by visiting our fan booth for some complimentary giveaways and photo opportunities.  (Insert Photo)


At the end of October, Rafael Villanueva, LVCVA Senior Director of International Sales, will welcome the National Association of Hispanic Publications’ advertisers, editors, reporters and communication specialists to the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino for the 37th NAHP Annual Convention. The NAHP is the oldest, strongest and most respected Hispanic press association in the country, representing the leading Spanish language publications serving 41 markets in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, with a combined circulation of more than 23 million. 


What keeps Las Vegas at the top is the consistent evolution and reinvestment from hotel properties and attractions. From 2008 through 2016, reinvestment totaled $31.6 billion. Reinvestment from 2017 through 2019 and beyond is estimated to be more than $15.7 billion, adding 14,000 additional hotel rooms to the city.  No destination is making this type of investment to stay fresh, new, innovative and cutting-edge.  The LVCVA is about to get underway on the largest infrastructure project in its history: the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Following approval of the guaranteed maximum price agreement with Turner Martin-Harris during the September LVCVA Board of Directors meeting, construction of the Las Vegas Convention Center District’s Phase Two expansion project has begun. Construction of both the Phase Two expansion and the Phase Three renovation of the existing facility is expected to generate $2.1 billion in construction-related local economic impact and create an estimated 13,800 construction jobs, as well as 7,800 full-time permanent jobs. The Phase Two expansion is slated for completion in time to welcome CES in 2021, with the Phase Three renovation expected to be complete in 2023. The project will allow the destination to attract more business and allow existing clients to continue to grow their conventions. For more information, visit https://www.lvcva.com/convention-center-district/.


For more information on how tourism impacts our community and to become a Host Committee Ambassador, please visit our website www.lvcva.com/host or follow us on   Twitter and Facebook @LVCVAImpact.