AMERICAS – The largest route development event for the Americas region is heading to the convention capital of the Americas for its 2017 edition.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and McCarran International Airport are to host Routes Americas 2017, the 10th Route Development Forum for the entire Americas region.
The event brings together a range of airlines, airports and tourism authorities, including some of the largest carriers from North, Central, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Las Vegas welcomes more of the leading conventions than any other destination in the United States, hosting over 22,000 conventions, events and conferences a year and hosted nearly 5.2m convention attendees last year.
Half of visitors to Las Vegas arrive by air and McCarran International Airport handles around 900 flights per day.
In 2013, Las Vegas was the first US city to host World Routes, which saw a record number of delegates in attendance. Following the event, new routes were secured with, amongst others, Edelweiss Air serving Zurich, Alaska Airlines serving Anchorage and Salt Lake City, Allegiant Air serving Texas and Southwest Airlines serving Des Moines and Flint.
“Tourism is the driving force of the Las Vegas economy and ample and efficient air service is crucial to maintain and grow our tourism base,” said LVCVA president/CEO Rossi Ralenkotter.
“Hosting industry-leading events such as World Routes and Routes Americas is an important tool in showing airline executives and route planners that Las Vegas is a destination that attracts visitors and fills all sections of their planes. We are excited to welcome the Routes organisation back to Las Vegas in 2017.”
Katie Bland, director of Routes for organiser UBM EMEA added: “We are delighted to be returning to Las Vegas for Routes Americas 2017. The continuous re-invention and rapid growth of Las Vegas has helped the city achieve record-breaking popularity. We are looking forward to working with the dedicated team from LVCVA once again to see the Routes Americas build on its successes and continue to go from strength to strength.”
Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively. Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK‐based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports. Routes and ASM are part of the UBM EMEA division of UBM plc.
The LVCVA Board of Directors also welcomed three new board members during its July meeting.
Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow fills the position previously held by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
Henderson City Councilman John Marz also joins the Board and fills the position previously occupied by Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen. Both Barlow and Marz were appointed by their respective councils.
Maurice Wooden, president of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore will fill the position previously occupied by George Markantonis, president and chief operating officer of Venetian-Palazzo. Wooden is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of both Las Vegas properties and was nominated by the Nevada Resort Association to serve a two year term.