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Las Vegas - 42.5m Visitors & Elon’s Tunnel

8th February 2020 - 10:30am

Tryphavana Cross from Las Vegas CVB

Tryphavana Cross from Las Vegas CVB

Las Vegas remains a leading destination for both business and leisure tourism, welcoming a record 6.6m meeting or convention attendees in 2019 beating the previous record set in 2017 and +2.3% versus 2018, according to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA).


In addition to strong convention attendance, the destination welcomed 42.5m visitors in 2019 (versus 42.1m in 2018) as the city continues to draw travellers seeking world-class dining, sports, and entertainment experiences unique to Las Vegas. Resorts benefited from industry-leading occupancy rates of 88.9% and a 2.9% increase from last year in average daily room rates.


With new venues, attractions and events in 2020, Las Vegas expects strong visitor numbers with highlights that include the NFL Draft in April and the Las Vegas Raiders debuting at the $2bn Allegiant Stadium for the 2020/21 NFL season. By year’s end, the city will also boast an additional 2.2m sq ft of meeting space including the 1.4m sq ft expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center in December.


Tourism generates $58bn annually in Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas valley. The industry supports nearly 370,000 local jobs - 40% of employment within Clark County.


The LVCVA shows the progress being made 40 feet underground as Elon Musk’s The Boring Company. Since tunnelling began on November 15, The Boring Company nears halfway point (2,100ft) of the first of two tunnels at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


The $52.5m tunnel system will include 3 passenger stations connecting the existing convention space with the LVCC’s new West Hall expansion currently under construction and 65% complete. This is part of a $1.52bn expansion and renovation. Both the West Hall and the underground transportation system expect to open to the public for CES in January 2021 and use Tesla’s electric vehicles to transport passengers across the LVCC’s 200-acre campus in about one minute (currently c.30-minute walk).


To learn more about the latest tourism metrics and exciting projects from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and its resort partners, visit

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