Angeles, CA – March 2014 / Newsmaker Alert / Our experience during
the past 16 years of organizing the TEAMS
Conference lends truth to the old saying about judging someone by the
company they keep: The attendees, exhibitors and sponsors who support TEAMS
are truly the leaders of the sports-event industry. In particular, the
destinations that have hosted TEAMS have distinguished themselves by making
significant and long-term commitments to the health and vitality of the
The host sponsor of TEAMS ‘14 and a longtime, multi-year sponsor of TEAMS, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority is the epitome of a destination marketing organization. Under the steady leadership of President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter, the Las Vegas CVA has successfully marketed Vegas through economic and political upheaval. Rossi has also served as the volunteer chair of the U.S. Travel Association and prompted that organization to become involved in the issue of improving our nation’s transportation infrastructure.
When Las Vegas hosts TEAMS ‘14, November 10–13, it will become the first city to have hosted TEAMS three times. As the organizers of TEAMS, we can attest to the fact that when planning an event in Las Vegas, the array of available hotels and venues is astounding. Every time we’ve organized TEAMS in Las Vegas, we’ve been able to showcase a different package of hotels and facilities for our attendees.
Las Vegas attracted nearly 40 million visitors in 2013 and roughly 50 percent of the city’s workforce is supported by travel and tourism. The city is rightly known as one of the nation’s top meetings destinations and one that is never content with things as they are. The Las Vegas Convention Center, for example, just completed a $20 million renovation that has refreshed the exterior façade and helped make the venue more energy efficient.
The convention center makeover comes as the first part of a much larger project – the Las Vegas Global Business District, a $2.5 billion plan to leverage the convention center’s designation as a World Trade Center and develop it and the surrounding area as an international business destination. Though the Las Vegas CVA already hosts several of the nation’s largest trade shows, it also envisions a future that allows not only for greater capacity but also for more advanced services for event organizers.
Las Vegas is one of the nation’s leading examples of just how powerful travel can be as an economic engine. Year after year, the Las Vegas CVA has demonstrated the importance of attracting meeting- and convention-goers and how business can get done even when you’re meeting in America’s most dazzling destination.
Las Vegas has also proven itself as a host city for sporting events and sports-related meetings and conventions that allows event organizers to market all that Las Vegas offers as part of the package their attendees will receive. We invite you to experience that phenomenon firsthand by attending TEAMS ‘14, November 10–13. For more information, please see the ad on pages 23–26, visit TEAMSconference.com or call toll-free 877-577-3700.
SportsTravel, the sports world’s event magazine, is published by Los Angeles-based Schneider Publishing Company, which also publishes Association News. Founded in 1997, SportsTravel was the first magazine to identify and serve the sports-related travel and event industry. Schneider Publishing organizes the TEAMS Conference & Expo, the world’s largest gathering of sports-event organizers, which will be held November 10–13 in Las Vegas. In addition, Schneider Publishing organizes the Meetings Quest trade-show series for corporate and association meeting planners. The travel markets served by Schneider Publishing generate 106 million hotel room nights annually. For more information, visit SchneiderPublishing.com or call toll-free 877-577-3700 or 310-577-3700 if dialing from outside the United States.
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