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Steve Hill Presentation

Advocating for Travel and Tourism

We proudly take a leadership role on the national stage in advocating for policies that promote travel and tourism to and within the United States.

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Travel & Tourism Issues

We proactively advocate on crucial travel policy issues to further extend Las Vegas’ influence among policymakers, media and stakeholders as a leading voice in tourism and hospitality.

COVID-19 Updates

As we all experience the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus on the economy of Southern Nevada, below are additional resources to help us navigate to eventual recovery.

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Surface Transportation Initiatives

To improve mobility in and around the resort corridor and to identify and address transportation and congestion improvements, the LVCVA assisted in creating the Resort Corridor Mobility Association (RCMA), a 501 c 6 local organization. The RCMA is an active working group in partnership with the local resort community as well as local and state government and transportation entities.

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Brand USA Funding Extension

The LVCVA has been a leading voice in support of continued funding for Brand USA, the nation’s first public-private partnership to spearhead a globally coordinated marketing effort promoting the United States as a premier travel destination.

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FAST Act Reauthorization

With the FAST Act Surface Transportation Bill due to expire in 2020, the LVCVA has been a vocal proponent of its reauthorization. Long-term surface transportation improvement is vital not only for Las Vegas’s long-term growth but for tourism and travel throughout the United States.

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Improved Customs Clearance

Working in close partnership with McCarran International Airport, we supported the opening of its state-of-the-art Terminal 3, with enhanced U.S. Customs facilities that make entering the country and clearing customs faster and easier than ever before.

Passage of the JOLT Act

Passage of the JOLT Act

As proponents of the benefits of international travel to the U.S., we supported the successful passage of the Jobs Originating through Launching Travel (JOLT), a bipartisan effort to increase national security, reform outdated visa laws, spur tourism and create jobs.

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Hospitality Heroes

Hospitality Heroes

Hospitality Heroes was created to celebrate the accomplishments of an elite group of frontline hospitality workers in Las Vegas while showcasing the resilience of the tourism industry.

Tourism is Southern Nevada’s top economic driver, representing nearly 30 percent of overall employment in the state. Hospitality workers ensure Las Vegas remains the world’s number one tourist destination.

Nominees must be with their current employer for a minimum of one year, work in Las Vegas, and be in good standing with no pending disciplinary actions. Nominees must fit into one of the five following categories.

  • Helping Hand Award - Hospitality workers who give back to their community through community service

  • Industry Award - Hospitality workers who provide exceptional guest service

  • Legacy Award - Hospitality workers with longevity in the industry

  • Visionary Award - Hospitality workers whose careers have resulted in a significant or inspiring outcome

Two Hospitality Heroes will be selected by an independent committee of local business leaders representing the UNLV School of Hospitality, the Vegas Chamber, the Latin Chamber, the Urban Chamber, the Henderson Chamber and the Asian Chamber. Hospitality Heroes will be recognized both at their place of employment and during the LVCVA’s public Board of Directors meeting once per quarter. Winners will receive an award, a gift bag of items from the LVCVA and a staycation at a Las Vegas resort.


  • Quarter 1, 2022
    • January - submission period
    • February – committee review period
    • March – winners announced
  • Quarter 2, 2022
    • April – submission period
    • May – committee review period
    • June – winners announced 
  • Quarter 3, 2022
    • July – submission period
    • August – committee review period
    • September – winners announced
  • Quarter 4, 2022
    • October – submission period
    • November – committee review period
    • December – winners announced


       Hospitality Heroes Q&A     Nominate a Hero     Past Winners

For questions regarding the Hospitality Heroes program, please contact us at heroes@lvcva.com.

Our Affiliations

To advance our advocacy efforts, we work closely with other leaders in the travel industry to promote the benefits of travel and tourism and champion issues of importance to their growth.

World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) represents the global private sector of Travel & Tourism, with a mission to ensure the sector is seamless, secure, safe, inclusive and sustainable.

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Vegas Chamber

The Vegas Chamber is focused on helping Nevada businesses succeed and create jobs by helping to amplify the needs, challenges, and opportunities for statewide employers and entrepreneurs.

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Meetings Professional International

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972, MPI provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry.

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International Association of Events and Exhibitions (IAEE)

IAEE globally promotes the value of exhibitions and events and resource for those who plan, produce and service the industry.

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U.S. National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure (NACTTI)

Created by the FAST Act of 2015, this committee advises the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on mobility issues related to travel and tourism.

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Brand USA

As the official destination marketing organization for the U.S., Brand USA’s mission is to increase international visitation to the United States and enhance the image of the U.S. worldwide.

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Destinations International

As the world’s largest and most reliable resource for destination organizations, convention and visitor bureaus, Destinations International represents over 575 organizations from around the globe.

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U.S. Travel Association

U.S. Travel is the national, non-profit trade organization representing and advocating for all components of the travel industry. U.S. Travel is the leading national voice of the travel industry on policy and legislative issues that impact travel and tourism in the United States.

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American Gaming Association (AGA)

As the premier national trade group for the U.S. casino industry, the AGA advocates for a favorable policy environment in which gaming can thrive. It does this by highlighting gaming’s positive economic and social impact with key stakeholders

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U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

This advisory body offers counsel to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on policies related to U.S. travel and tourism.

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