The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) hosted 120 agents for cocktails, canapes and a learning event at Vancouver’s Shangri-La hotel last week.
“Canada continues to be the number one international market for Las Vegas," said Fernando Hurtado, the LVCVA’s international market manager. “Last year, Las Vegas received 1.44 million visitors from Canada, out of 42.2 million visitors worldwide. With 114 weekly flights from Canadian gateways, including 25 from Vancouver, it is very easy for your clients to visit Las Vegas.”
Las Vegas is a city that is continuously growing and reinventing itself with new attractions, resorts, restaurants, and activities. And it’s not all about gambling. Visitors looking for adrenaline based activities, nature-themed excursions, the gastronomic scene, world class shopping and entertainment can find it all here.
“And now we have the Golden Knights (NHL team), which brings a new reason for people to visit Vegas,” Hurtado added. “It is amazing how many sports fans will follow their teams to different cities. So now fans are coming to Vegas to watch their team play the Golden Knights, who by the way, are having a good season!” Looks like LVCVA is hopeful, as there was already a Stanley Cup prop at the photo booth.
LVCVA also rewards agents for sending clients to Las Vegas with Vegas Rewards. Agents can earn points for new bookings and redeem them for free merchandise, attraction and show tickets, and even room nights. Visit www.trackmylasvegasbookings.com for more details.
LVCVA will bring their Canada Sales Mission to Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg in March.
In attendance were twelve Vegas suppliers who provided tidbits of information as agents rotated through their tables during the reception. Below are highlights from each supplier:
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa
Aliante is a full service property with more than 200 room and suites, five restaurants, a 650-seat show room, a 3,500 square foot spa with resort-style pool, and more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space. The AAA Four Diamond resort is 29 miles north of the Las Vegas airport and offers free parking. www.aliantegaming.com
The Caesars Entertainment group of resorts include Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Flamingo, Nobu Hotel, Paris, Harrah’s, The Cromwell, Bally’s, Caesars Suites, The LINQ Hotel, and the Rio. Centrally located on the Las Vegas Strip, these properties have something for everyone. Agents receive 10 per cent commission on bookings made on www.caesars.com, and travel agent rates are available on www.caesars.com/insider.
Accommodations at the Cosmopolitan are residential style, ranging from city rooms, studios and suites with wraparound terrace overlooking the Vegas skyline. The hotel offers twenty dining venues, four lounges and bars, an expansive pool district, and a 43,000 square-foot spa and hammam. www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
Elite Status Group
Creating customized itineraries for discerning clients and corporate groups, Elite Status Group offers luxury transportation services, and arranges VIP show tickets, fine dining reservations, excursions and more. The company also offers event planning services for special occasions or large groups. www.elitestatusgroup.com
Machine Guns Vegas
Machine Gun Vegas offers the ultimate shooting range experience with a variety of packages that caters to the first-timer as well as the experienced range visitor. With modern machine guns as well as historic hand guns, visitors can channel their inner gamer, SEAL team, femme fatale or secret agent in the 10,000 square-foot indoor compound with 10 indoor shooting lanes, or at the outdoor shooting range in the Mojave Desert. Transportation from downtown Las Vegas is included with most packages. www.machinegunsvegas.com
With the youngest and largest executive fleet of ECO-Star helicopters, Maverick provides guests with a VIP experience that starts with executive-style limousine coach transfers to the private terminal. Onboard, the cabin accommodates up to seven passengers, each with personal surround-sound stereo headsets. Mavericks offers day and night time flights over Vegas, and to the Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire and Grand Canyon with landings and optional rafting and Skywalk excursions. Passengers enjoy live pilot narration or GPS-based commentary in twelve additional languages. www.flymaverick.com
Miracle Mile Shops
Located at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in the heart of the Vegas strip, Miracle Mile Shops is home to more than 200 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Highlights include Las Vegas’ only indoor rainstorm complete with thunder and lightning, and a fountain with a light show. Visitors can obtain a free coupon book with $2,000 in discounts from more than 80 participating stores and restaurants. The shops are open seven days a week. www.miraclemileshopslv.com
The Orleans brings the Big Easy to Las Vegas, where visitors can celebrate Mardi Gras 365 days a year. The hotel offers 1,886 deluxe rooms, one and two-bedroom suites. A combination of fine dining, casual eateries and fast food restaurants are onsite, as well as a salon and spa. The hotel is located west of the Strip on W Tropicana Ave, with a free shuttle to the Strip as well as sister property The Gold Coast. www.orleanscasino.com
SLS Las Vegas
Situated at the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip , SLS Las Vegas is easily accessible by the monorail. The resort and casino boasts six restaurants including Bazaar Meat by James Beard award-winner Jose Andreas. Accommodations are found in the World Tower with 1,131 rooms and 23 suites, and the Story Tower with 196 rooms and 14 suites, designed in partnership with Lenny Kravitz. www.slslasvegas.com
Westgate Las Vegas
Formerly the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Westgate is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, with monorail access. The hotel has emerged after $100 million in renovations with a new pool deck, studio suites and one bedroom villas, as well as updates in many public areas. The hotel also caters to the active set with six tennis courts and is next to the 18-hole golf course Las Vegas Country Club. www.westgatevegas.com
With double daily flights from Vancouver to Las Vegas, WestJet brings your clients to Vegas with flights and accommodations at over thirty hotels and resorts, including those represented at the Canada Sales Mission. Check for packages, specials and last minute discounts at www.westjet.com.
Wynn & Wynn Encore
The 50-storey Wynn Las Vegas features 2,716 rooms and suites, while Wynn Encore has 2,034 suites spanning forty-eight storeys. Both properties bring luxury to clients with award-winning spas, gourmet dining, and designer shops. New bookings before March 31 for stays through Dec. 26 will receive complimentary daily buffet breakfast for two. www.wynnlasvegas.com