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LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER JOINS INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS CENTER GROUP

LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) has joined the International Association of Convention Centres as part of its objective to be a leader in and advocate for the convention industry.

"As a leading center both domestically and around the world, we feel it is our responsibility to be a strong proponent for the convention and exhibition industry and play a lead role," said Terry Jicinsky, senior vice president for operations for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which owns and operates the LVCC. "Participating with the AIPC and its members will put the Las Vegas Convention Center on the world stage in promoting and developing our industry."

The association, also known as the AIPC under its French name, is the premier international association for convention centers around the world. Its membership represents more than 166 centers from 53 different countries with the active involvement of more than 700 facility management professionals. The LVCC is only the ninth member from the United States to be accepted into membership.

The AIPC has been a leader in developing industry research, publishing technical documents, providing training and professional development, and maintaining performance standards for the convention center industry since its founding in 1958.

The Las Vegas Convention Center is among the largest and busiest convention centers in North America. The center hosts many of the premier trade shows in several industries such as the International Consumer Electronics Show, the Conexpo/Con-Agg construction industry show, the National Association of Broadcasters show, CTIA the Wireless Association show, and more.

The center hosted 63 conventions in 2009 that attracted 1.1 million visitors and provided a $1.1 billion impact to the local economy.

ABOUT THE AIPC
AIPC is the pre-eminent international association of convention centres, with a mission of encouraging, supporting and recognizing excellence in centre management. Its programs are directed toward enhancing the profile and performance of its members, who are purpose built facilities whose primary purpose is to accommodate and service meetings, conventions, congresses and exhibitions. For more information: www.aipc.org

About the LVCVA

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With approximately 148,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 10.5 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.visitlasvegas.com.