The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA) brought the energy of the destination to Vancouver with a high-octane travel industry event at the Fan Club in Vancouver on Thursday night.
The dazzling lights and costumes made famous on Las Vegas Boulevard were captured on film and broadcasted throughout the evening as guests donned both angelic and devilish masks and costumes and re-imagined the venue as a virtual replica of a venue on the Vegas strip.
The event was part of the LVCVA’s Canadian road show, which, with the hashtag #vegasincanada, encouraged guests to share their experiences on twitter, making the mission to literally bring the electrifying feeling of Las Vegas to the room.
Jenelle Jacks, international public relations manager LVCVA, had plenty of updates on new developments in Las Vegas.
“The great thing about Las Vegas is that there is always something new and exciting, so even if you’ve been to Las Vegas in the last few years, if you come back there’s something new,” Jacks told PAXnewsWest.
Significant investments have been made since 2008, and since the Cosmopolitan opened in 2010- the last new resort to open on Las Vegas Boulevard- the city has seen many re-brandings.
Jacks said that downtown Las Vegas has seen a rebirth and revitalization and the city has reinvested more than $9 billion into the destination over the next several years.
A new Nobu restaurant opened at Caesar’s Palace, and guests can order room service from the Nobu restaurant cuisine at any hour.
Jacks also said a re-branded tower opened at Mandalay Bay, featuring new nightclub: Light, which is the first night club to work with Cirque du Soleil.
“What you’re going to see with this nightclub is live, unique Cirque du Soleil performances throughout the night, including the MJ1 show, paying tribute to Michael Jackson,” Jacks said.
Jacks also said Las Vegas is seeing a new trend towards boutique hotels, and in May of this year, Old Bill’s Gambling hall was converted to the Cromwell, featuring a new restaurant: Giada’s.
The Freemont Street experience has also branched out to include Freemont Street East, with more bars and restaurants, a stage for concerts, and movies tourists can watch seated on the grass.
Another high profile new development is the Linq, a brand new retail and dining district anchored by the world’s largest observation well, called the High- Roller.
Jacks said the High Roller can hold up to 44 people, and is an ideal space for stag or bachelor parties.
And some of the biggest news is that Las Vegas’ destination wedding market is about to explode. The term ‘wedding capital of the world’ is reaching new dimensions, as after a brief judicial delay after being declared legal by the State last week, same sex marriages officially got underway, with gender neutral marriage licenses issued and ceremonies performed for the first time on Thursday.
For more information, go to lasvegas.com.
Photo: of the LVCVA: Charmaine Singh, account manager, Canada, Kelly Sawyer, international sales executive, Marsha Mowers, communications manager, Afra Davis, representative, Western Canada & Jenelle Jacks, international public relations manager.