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Vegas demolition marks "monumental" shift to meetings and events

Riviera Hotel & Casino imploded to make space for the development of the Las Vegas Convention Center District
25/08/2016

Pictured: The implosion of the final tower of the Riviera Hotel & Casino

The final tower of the Riviera Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip has been demolished to make space for the development of the Las Vegas Convention Center District. 

Meetings bosses say the development is symbolic of a sharper focus on the events industry in the city.

Chris Meyer, vice president of global business sales at Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, said: “This industry is so vital for the Las Vegas economy, generating an estimated $9.3 billion(£7bn) impact, and each year we see the conference, meetings and event facilities from our hotel partners grow to meet the needs of business travellers and companies holding their events in the destination.

“The Las Vegas Convention Centre is currently at capacity during peak seasons but the 600,000 square foot expansion planned for the Riviera Hotel site will allow us to attract new business and also help our largest trade shows grow in both space and attendance. We are a city that never stops developing, and this implosion really is a landmark event in a monumental shift towards meetings and events.” 

The Las Vegas Convention Center District project includes the expansion and renovation of the existing Las Vegas Convention Center, which is expected to expand the convention center by 110,000 sqm, including 55,000 sqm of additional exhibition space.


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