The last remaining tower of the iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has been demolished to make way for the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The iconic property, which boasted more than 2,000 rooms, closed in 2015 after over 60 years. It featured in numerous TV shows, musicals and films, including 007 blockbuster Diamonds are Forever, starring Sean Connery, and the original Ocean’s 11 movie starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
The expansion and renovation of the existing Las Vegas Convention Center, which is expected to expand floor space to 1.2m sq ft, includes 600,000 sq ft of additional exhibit space. Construction of the state-of-the-art facility is expected to generate 7,000 high-paying construction jobs and 6,000 full-time permanent jobs.
Chris Meyer, vice president of global business sales, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority said: “The implosion of the final tower of the Riviera Hotel to make room for the Las Vegas Convention Centre District is symbolic of a shift that is happening in Las Vegas that focuses on the meetings and events industry.
“This industry is so vital for the Las Vegas economy, generating an estimated $9.3bn 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.”
Watch the demolition of the Riviera Hotel and Casino
He added: “Las Vegas has been named the No. 1 trade show destination in North America for a record 22 consecutive years by the Trade Show News Network and this expansion will help us maintain our reputation as a leading destination for business travel.
“Las Vegas is home to three of the ten largest convention centres in the United States which means we can host large scale international events and exhibitions, however there is room grow.
“The Las Vegas Convention Center is currently at capacity during peak seasons but the 600,000 square foot expansion planned for the Riviera Hotel sight, will allow us to attract new business and also help our largest trade shows grow in both space and attendance.”