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DECEMBER CALENDAR FULL HOUSE IN LAS VEGASSpecial Events, Industry Conventions Fill Up Month

December 1, 2011

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas is the envy of all other destinations when it comes to filling up the calendar with events in December. From cowboys to racers to runners and more, Las Vegas will be busy through the end of the year.

"Thirty years ago, December was a slow time in Las Vegas," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "Today we have multiple special events leading up to our New Year's Eve celebration. The events attract visitors, stimulate the economy and generate world-wide media coverage."

In addition to the special events, there are several major travel industry conventions taking place in the destination this year. All of the activity in the destination will attract upwards of 300,000 visitors per night at various times and generate more than $260 million for the local economy during the month.

The National Finals Rodeo continues to be the anchor event in early December. For 10 days starting on December 1, the world's greatest cowboys will compete to crowned world champion in seven different events. The rodeo also brings along partner events such as the Downtown Hoedown concert featuring country artist Craig Morgan, and the annual Cowboy Christmas gift show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Joining the rodeo again this year is the NASCAR Champion's Week celebration and the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon. Champions Week will once again feature the Victory Lap parade with the top 12 drivers in the Spring Cup series driving down the Las Vegas Strip on December 1 and will conclude with the year-end awards banquet on December 2 at the Wynn Las Vegas. The marathon this year will provide a unique experience to the more than 40,000 registered runners, as the course will take them down the Las Vegas Strip at night on December 4.

Later in the month, the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will celebrate its 20th anniversary on December 22. The annual bowl game features marquee teams from the Mountain West Conference and the Pac-12 conference and has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting games of the bowl season.

Beyond sports and special events, Las Vegas will also host three major travel industry conventions this month: the Luxury Travel Expo, the National Tour Association, and the International Association for Exhibitions and Events.

December closes out with one of the largest annual events on the calendar as Las Vegas once again host America's Party, one of the top New Year's Eve celebrations in the world.