Officials are doing their part to help save Las Vegas hospitality jobs.
The City of Las Vegas has been under fire lately by the federal government as being a hub of conventions and meetings that cause companies to spend too much money. Since then, the city has seen several meeting and event cancellations, resulting in a loss of jobs and revenue.
There are typically 22,000 meetings and conventions held in Las Vegas. Those help support 46,000 jobs and represent $8.5 billion in economic activity, according to an article by MeetingNews.com.
In an effort to combat its recent negative press, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has launched a comprehensive toolkit to provide information and resources for meeting planner customers and hoteliers at www.vegasmeansbusiness.com.
Through the toolkit, buyers can access statistics, client testimonials and other information showing why Las Vegas events are successful. Hotel partners will find tools to promote group travel and updates on local business and Congress.
The LVCVA also has a booking invenctive that awards planners with a new hybrid vehicle for any meeting booked and held between June 1 and August 31 through its eRFP program. It also will give away three VIP trips to Las Vegas for an event on those dates.
In addition, the LVCVA has launched several other incentives to address the current economic recession, including a massive sales call effort and attendance promotion programs for existing clients.
With any luck, these efforts will help restore Las Vegas’ hospitality industry. In March, the Las Vegas-Paradise area’s leisure and hospitality employed 265,500 workers, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 257,000 workers during February and a 5.8 percent decrease from last year.