2015 marks the 30 year anniversary of the Rock In Rio music festival. 1985 showcased talent such as Queen, Rod Stewart, and James Taylor. Las Vegas will host the festival starting May 8th, 2015 with headlining bands No Doubt and Metallica, and will also include pop stars like Taylor Swift. More than 100 performances will grace the stage in Vegas! Show promotions have begun in a big way with this 30 foot guitar that can be seen at the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Do you have your tickets yet? You won’t want to miss it!
Las Vegas unveiled the first in a series of celebrations commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles appearance there at a gathering of dignitaries and original concert-goers.
Rossi Ralenkotter, President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, reminisced about the excitement of the two historic 6,000+ “sell out” concerts that were held and the mobs of screaming young women that marked the event. Tickets were a whopping $2, $3, $4 and $5 for the 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. concerts on August 24, 1964.
Helping celebrate were cast members of Cirque du Soleil’s show at the Mirage, Beatles LOVE, and the always present beautiful Vegas showgirls.
Los Angeles is the number one feeder market flying into Las Vegas with 424 scheduled flights per week (through March, 2014 (first quarter, 2014)). This is inclusive of all five LA area airports of which Los Angeles International (LAX) is the #1 feeder airport to McCarran and Burbank* the 17th largest feeder into Las Vegas.
The San Francisco bay area(San Francisco Int, Oakland and San Jose) is the number two feeder city/area(280 flights/wk) into LV, followed by Denver(146 flights/wk), Chicago(140 flights/wk), and Phoenix*(120 flights/wk). Other top feeder markets include New York(108 flights/wk), Seattle (103 flights/wk), Houston(101 flights/wk), Dallas(94 flights/wk), San Diego(93 flights/wk), Atlanta(87 flights/wk) and Salt Lake City*(78 flights/wk). McCarran also receives 56 flights/week from Portland* International, another Alliance Airport Advertising handled airport.
In 2013, Las Vegas entertained 39.7 million visitors from throughout the United States and the world. The fastest growing segment of the Las Vegas visitor is the International visitor which is now 20% of the visitors and expected to be up to 30% in the next few years. International Visitors spend over three times what a domestic visitor spends on their stay in Las Vegas. (Shopping/Entertainment/Sightseeing).
*Alliance Airport Advertising handled Airport
source McCarran Airport, 2014, Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Bureau