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Despite Strip tragedy, no long-term effects seen on Las Vegas visitation

22 December 2015
Tourism experts say Sunday night's Strip crash that killed an Arizona woman and injured 35 people won't have long-term repercussions on visitation, but may come up as transportation leaders consider making Las Vegas Boulevard safer for pedestrians. "It's obviously a horrible tragedy and a devastating event ... (read more)

Exec with 'hustle' helps drive Las Vegas convention-tourism business

20 December 2015
It's easy to see how Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter identifies with retired baseball star Pete Rose. Ralenkotter's office at the Las Vegas Convention Center is a virtual shrine to his favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds, and its Big Red Machine identity, that ... (read more)

Faraday auto plant deal with Nevada moves forward

11 December 2015
By the time the first Faraday Future rolls off the assembly line at the company's 3-million-square-foot automobile plant at North Las Vegas' Apex Industrial Park in late 2017, a large portion of the company's 4,500 employees will be furnishing their new homes, buying groceries and living the Southern Nevada lifestyle. ... (read more)

High-speed transportation testing site coming to North Las Vegas

9 December 2015
A futuristic transportation company said Tuesday it will set up a test facility at a North Las Vegas industrial site, a move hailed by Gov. Brian Sandoval and state officials as another coup in Nevada's quest to lure high-tech industry to the Silver State. Los Angeles-based Hyperloop Technologies Inc. ... (read more)

Aviation leaders expect 7.5% increase in passengers through McCarran

9 December 2015
Aviation marketing leaders in Southern Nevada expect a 7.5% increase in passengers in the second quarter of 2016 with growth in domestic and international travelers, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors was told Tuesday. Airline route development is a key strategy for the ... (read more)

Uber begins picking up, dropping off passengers at McCarran

9 December 2015
Ride-hailing company Uber on Tuesday began operations at McCarran International Airport, ending a stalemate with Clark County that lasted more than a month. Uber, the larger of two transportation network companies licensed by the state, indicated that it would comply with county information requests, but it ... (read more)

Light rail, trolley system could be in Vegas' future

8 December 2015
Light rail, new pedestrian bridges over the Strip, a downtown Las Vegas trolley system and the connection of the city's major convention centers would be in the city's future under an ambitious transportation plan that would cost more than $12 billion and take decades to complete. Tourism and transportation ... (read more)

Uber begins airport service in Las Vegas

8 December 2015
Uber, the larger of two ride-hailing companies licensed in the state, began service at McCarran International Airport Tuesday morning. The Review-Journal learned late Monday that cars were permitted to pick up and drop off passengers legally beginning at 6 a.m. Company officials said they did not announce ... (read more)

Tourism panel members get detailed view of Las Vegas Convention Center redo

4 December 2015
Representatives of Gov. Brian Sandoval's Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee got their most detailed look to date at plans for the $2.3 billion Las Vegas Convention Center expansion and renovation project on Thursday. The 11-member committee had requested additional details of the project at ... (read more)

Clark County backs off on requiring list of ride-sharing drivers

2 December 2015
Clark County commissioners backed off from their previous stance on how they monitor contracted ride-hailing company drivers, killing a proposal to require companies to provide a list of drivers. Commissioners voted Tuesday to strike a requirement that transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft ... (read more)

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