The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) in the US has unveiled the $2.5bn Las Vegas Global Business District project, which includes the renovation of the Las Vegas convention and the creation of a centralised transportation hub.
Phase one of the project, which is expected to cost $150m, includes renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center and creation of a convention district campus.
The renovation will add additional exhibition space, meeting rooms, general session space, new food and beverage outlets and a grand concourse connector with more lobby space.
Plans include outdoor public and gathering spaces outside the convention centre as well as various design elements intended to improve the neighborhood and establish a new business centre district.
LVCVA said that this will be the first major expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center, which was opened in 1959, in more than a decade, .
Phase one will be carried out over the next two years and will include programming and design, the development of overall budget, improvements to the current space at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and land acquisition.
The second phase of the project includes creation of a World Trade Center facility, which is part of LVCVA’s plans to expand international business opportunities.
Plans also include creation of a centralised transportation hub to improve connectivity in the resort corridor and enhance the overall customer experience.
LVCVA said it is working with local transportation stakeholders to come up with a long-term strategy to host approximately 44 million visitors per year in the next ten years.
Upon completion, the convention centre project is expected to host about seven million by 2023.
Image: The first phase of the project includes renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center and creation of a convention district campus. Photo: The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.