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Las Vegas: freedom to work as hard as you play. (Hospitality).

With 7.5 million square feet of convention space, more than 126,000 hotel rooms (17,129 within walking distance of the Las Vegas Convention Center), and expertise in hosting groups of all sizes and descriptions, Las Vegas is the world's premier convention destination. Events held in Las Vegas regularly enjoy record-breaking attendance, due in part to the unparalleled entertainment options that make it easy to plan exciting programming.

Home to the 10 largest hotels in the United States, Las Vegas is now home to one of the largest convention facilities in the world. The recent completion of a $150 million expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center increased its size to a grand total of 3.2 million square feet. Exhibit space totals 2 million square feet and meeting space totals nearly 380,000 net square feet, including 170 meeting rooms with seating capacities from 20-7,500. An award-winning facility, the LVCC offers a broad spectrum of high-quality services, including a professional staff that provides expert assistance from room block and meeting room availabilities to supplier referrals that help create exciting and efficient itineraries.

When the workday is done, attendees will step into an electrifying atmosphere fueled by the fantastic hotels and themed luxury resorts along the Las Vegas Strip and the glittering downtown district. Nowhere else in the world can you visit an Egyptian pyramid, a pirate's lair, France, Italy, ancient Rome, and the lush South Pacific in one day and under blue skies 300-plus days a year. Be amazed by an entertainment scene that sizzles with the world's top performers, concerts, musicians, Broadway shows, and Las Vegas' famous signature entertainers. In addition to its legendary gaming and headliner entertainment, Las Vegas is capturing the world's attention with a new breed of shopping and dining, plus a varied collection of spas that feature treatments from around the world. Designed to help you relax or recharge, Las Vegas' resort spas offer treatments from around the world, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and a variety of services for men, couples, and even groups to help celebrate special occasions.

Walk the longest fashion runway in the world--the Las Vegas Strip--where the "haute-est" designers and retailers are blended with unrivaled venues such as the exotic marketplaces of Desert Passage, the Roman decor at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, and the European feel of The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. Fashion Show, currently the largest shopping destination on the Strip, is undergoing an extensive expansion that will make it one of the largest shopping centers in the nation. New signature elements will include The Cloud, a 400-foot-long oval canopy that will be suspended 180 feet in the air and provide visual entertainment, and The Great Hall, which features an elevated runway and stage. When you're ready to treat your taste buds, Las Vegas offers the ultimate freedom of choice: liberty to indulge in the best Italian, French, Japanese, Cajun/Creole, Mexican, Chinese, and Continental fare offered anywhere in the world. As part of the continuing trend of culinary accolades bestowed on the city, s everal Las Vegas chefs and restaurants were honored at the 2002 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards. Wine Spectator recently awarded six Las Vegas restaurants its "Best Of" award of excellence, and another 12 were honored with awards of excellence, Two restaurants, the Bellaglo's Picasso and Mirage's Renoir, have garnered the prestigious Mobil five-star rating every year since 2000.

Las Vegas is a playing field for the biggest names in professional and college sports and the stage for special entertainment events. Annually, the city hosts the PGA Tour Invensys Classic (formerly the Las Vegas Invitational), the Las Vegas Bowl, the National Finals Rodeo, major league baseball exhibition action, the Billboard Music Awards, and more.

Southern Nevada offers a wealth of recreational opportunities one hour's drive from the Strip, including championship golf at more than 6o courses, hiking in Red Rock Canyon, water sports and camping at Lake Mead, and Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam tours.

CONTACT

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

3150 Paradise Rd.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Phone: 702-892-0711

Fax: 702-892-2824

Web site: www.vegasfreedom.com
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Title Annotation:overview of hotel industry in Las Vegas
Publication:Association Management
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Geographic Code:1U8NV
Date:Sep 1, 2002
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