Luxury Travel Expo Kicks Off Event Season in Las Vegas


December is a busy time for Las Vegas, with several events occurring throughout the month, including last week's Luxury Travel Expo. These events bring approximately 300,000 visitors to the city, per night, and bring in more than $260 million for the local economy during December.

The National Finals Rodeo began on December 1, 2011 and ran for 10 days. It brought the world’s greatest cowboys together to compete in seven different events in order to be crowned world champion. The event also included the Downtown Hoedown concert and the annual Cowboy Christmas gift show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Other events that took place at the beginning of December included the NASCAR Champions Week celebration and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon. The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will celebrate its 20th anniversary on December 22, 2011 and the annual America’s Party will be held again for New Year’s Eve.

The Luxury Travel Expo, produced by Luxury Travel Advisor and Travel Agent magazines, was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino from December 6 through 8. It featured the Young Leaders Conference, where the Travel Agent’s “35 under 30” were recognized, several suppliers, including tourism organizations, hotels and sponsors like American Express, the connection of agents with more than 500 suppliers through the Luxury Travel Exchange, as well as the fifth annual Luxury after Dark party.

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