The year 2010 has already been a big one for Las Vegas, from President Obama's making nice by declaring he loves Vegas to the continuous buzz that has significantly generated since the opening of CityCenter. Next year may even be bigger as the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) selected the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will host next year’s Global Travel & Tourism Summit, May 15-19, 2011.
“The support from Members for Las Vegas has been overwhelming as the LVCVA submitted such an excellent bid” said Jean-Claude Baumgarten, president and CEO of WTTC, adding that the United States is “the world’s leading travel and tourism economy.”
“The travel and tourism industry generates $30 billion for Southern Nevada and employs 235,000 people” said LVCVA President/CEO Rossi Ralenkotter. The industry is the economic driver for the State of Nevada.”
The Las Vegas Summit will be held at ARIA Resort & Casino, the centrepiece of CityCenter.
Las Vegas’ Summit bid was significantly strengthened by support from local and regional
governments, as well as key industry bodies, such as the US Travel Association (USTA).
“Las Vegas is one of the best-known tourism destinations in the U.S. and globally,” “According to WTTC’s figures, travel and tourism in the U.S. is expected to account for 9.2 percent of gross domestic product ($1.4 billion) in 2010, employing some 13.7 million people in the wider travel and tourism economy – 9.9 percent of total employment,”
The Global Travel & Tourism Summit will allow industry leaders the opportunity for direct and informal dialogue with public sector leaders, plus the international media and academia. It is the forum for business leaders in the travel and tourism industry as the WTTC includes chairs and chief executives of the 100 foremost travel and tourism companies in the world as its members. WTTC works to raise awareness of travel and tourism as one of the world’s largest industries, employing approximately 235 million people and generating over 9 percent of world GDP.