After a record breaking event in Abu Dhabi, which saw 3,000 delegates in attendance, Abu Dhabi Airports Company have officially handed over to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport will cohost the 19th World Route Development Forum which will take place on 5th – 8th October 2013.
“We’re very excited to be the first World Routes host destination in the United States”, said Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, speaking at a press conference today in Abu Dhabi.
“Las Vegas offers an experience which is second to none and we’re looking forward to welcoming the world’s aviation community.
“The city is the entertainment and convention capital of the world with nearly 5 million convention visitors last year, and we are seeing strong growth in international and high-end visitors,” Tull added.
Randall H. Walker, Director of Aviation for Las Vegas McCarran International Airport commented: “Las Vegas is not only a fascinating and exciting city, but the new terminal also makes it a focal point for route development. With a 7% growth in international passengers this year, Las Vegas is the fastest growing international airport in the United States, and the brand new Terminal 3 is a great opportunity to continue to grow passenger and visitor numbers in the coming years.”
David Stroud, Executive Vice President, Routes said: “Hosting World Routes will allow Las Vegas to increase air services and visitor numbers at a time when the airport’s expansion offers airlines new opportunities.
“For Routes, taking the event to the United States for the first time will further strengthen our position in the world’s largest aviation market,” Stroud added.
Las Vegas has 150,000 hotel rooms, most of which are within a 15 minute drive to McCarran International Airport which makes the city a true hub for aviation events and tourism. 40 million visitors are expected to visit Las Vegas in 2012 and approximately half of them arrive through Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.
McCarran International Airport opened its new Terminal 3 on 27 June this year. It provides the airport with an additional seven international and seven national gates and increases the airport’s capacity to 53m arriving and departing passengers per year. The airport expects 43m passengers in 2012, compared to 41.5m last year.