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Vegas bets on another record year

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  •   03-30-2015  10:05 am
Vegas bets on another record year

Eighteen Las Vegas travel partners met with Canadian agents on Mar. 26, showcasing what Sin City has to offer travellers in what's shaping up to be another strong year for tourism.

Representatives from the city’s many hotels and attractions were on hand for a networking session, after which those same partners were welcomed to the bar and in true Las Vegas fashion, tried their hand at mixing a few iconic cocktails.

Partners at the event included: Base Entertainment; Big Bus, Detours; Machine Guns Vegas; Platinum Hotel; Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa; The Mob Museum; Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino; A Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas; Sundance Helicopters; Caesars Entertainment; Cirque du Soleil; Las Vegas Monorail; MGM Resorts International; Papillon Group; South Point Hotel; The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; The Venetian and The Palazzo; and Wynn Encore.

David Han, the LVCVA’s account manager for Eastern Canada, told PAX that Canadian travellers, mostly flying out of Toronto, made up 25 per cent of the record 41.1 million visitors to Vegas in 2014, a record year for the city which he said was thanks in part to the commitment of travel agents in selling the destination. Han said that with the current value of the loonie dropping somewhat, Canadians seeking the most value from their vacation budget may look to Vegas in even larger numbers.

For 2015, Han said the LVCVA is looking to top last year’s record by 500,000 international visitors and while the forecast is on track to surpass that milestone, he’s optimistic that “there’s still room to grow even more.”

Photo: Of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority: Kelly Sawyer, sales executive, international sales; David Han, account manager – Eastern Canada; Marsha Mowers, travel trade PR; Charmaine Singh, account director.