Posted on: 20 September 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Las Vegas has been announced as the 2013 host city for Routes – The World Route Development Forum, the first time the convention of airport and airline executives will be held in the United States.
With nearly 3,000 people expected to attend the forum, including key executives from approximately 300 airlines and 1,000 airports from across the globe, Las Vegas will introduce the constituents to its new international terminal at McCarran International Airport, which is scheduled to open in 2012.
“The non-gaming economic impact of one British Airways flight from London to Las Vegas is currently $91 million annually,” noted Cathy Tull, senior vice-president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “This flight was the result of opportunities realised at previous Routes forums. We are hopeful that welcoming these key decision-makers to Las Vegas will expose them to our extraordinary entertainment, culinary, shopping and luxury travel offerings, and ultimately encourage new international airline routes into Las Vegas.”
Las Vegas currently enjoys 139 weekly non-stop flights from 12 international cities. In 2009, Las Vegas welcomed approximately 4.5 million international visitors – comprising nearly 14% of all travellers to the destination.
Next year’s event will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 2-4 October 2011 with the following year in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 30 October to 2 November 2012.