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Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Las Vegas: What You Want...When You Want

Each year millions of visitors experience the freedom from everyday life that only Las Vegas offers. Las Vegas continues to astound meeting planners with its exceptional convention facilities, unmatched entertainment and attractions, world-class shopping, five-star dining, 24-hour casino action, and a multitude of other Liberating experiences. Las Vegas offers the freedom to do what you want, when you want.

Las Vegas Convention Center Looks to the future

Home to the 10 largest hotels in the United States, Las Vegas also will be home to one of the largest convention facilities in the world when the $150 million expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center is completed in December 2001. The 1.3 million-square-foot addition to the convention center's South Halt is the most ambitious construction project in the 45-year history of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The project will bring the size of the center to a grand total of 3.2 million square feet, with 2 million square feet of exhibit space, and 170 meeting rooms with seating capacities from 20 to 7,500. When the expansion is complete, Las Vegas citywide meeting and convention space will total approximately 7.5 million square feet.

Leading U.S. convention site

The rapid expansion and success of the Las Vegas convention business during the past 25 years are virtually unprecedented in the annals of the convention or tourism business. In 2000, nearly 4 million convention and trade show participants traveled to Las Vegas, generating more than $4.3 billion in nongaming revenues, and helping to maintain the city's year-round average occupancy rate of 89.1 percent. Las Vegas annually hosts the lion's share of Tradeshow Week's Top 200 largest conventions, with 34 of the largest conventions held in the city in 1999.

The world at your feet

The electrifying atmosphere of Las Vegas is fueled by the spectacular hotels along the Strip and the glittering downtown district. Nowhere else in the world can you visit an Egyptian pyramid, a pirate's lair, ancient Rome, New York City, France, Italy, and the lush South Pacific all in one day.

The Las Vegas entertainment scene always sizzles with the world's top performers and Las Vegas' famous signature entertainers. Year-round the world has its eye on Las Vegas as the city becomes the playing field for the biggest names in professional and college sports and the stage for special entertainment events. Annually, the city hosts the PGA's Invensys Classic (formerly the Las Vegas Invitational), the Las Vegas Bowl, the National Finals Rodeo, Big League Weekend, the ESPY Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, and more.

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. On the shopping scene, Las Vegas reigns supreme as the home of the longest fashion runway in the world--the Las Vegas Strip--and is turning heads by integrating the haute-est designers and retailers with unrivaled venues to create a brand new experience: "shoppertainment." Las Vegas has earned its culinary right of passage, offering connoisseurs of superb cuisine the ultimate freedom of choice--freedom 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 Las Vegas by fine dining magazines, two Las Vegas restaurants--Bellagio's Picasso and Renoir at the Mirage--have earned the coveted five-star Mobil rating for the second year in a row. This honor comes on the heels of special editorial sections on the destination in Wine Spectator, Gourmet, Ban Appetit, and Esquire magazines.

The other side of Las Vegas

If you are looking for outdoor adventure, Las Vegas' sunny skies make it the perfect venue for outdoor activities. Southern Nevada offers a wealth of recreational opportunities--camping, boating, hiking, horseback riding, snow skiing, golf, tennis, and more--all within an hour's drive from the Strip.

More information

For more information about the magic of Las Vegas, or to obtain a current schedule of events and attractions, visit the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's Web site at www.vegasfreedom.com.
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Date:Sep 1, 2001
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