LAS VEGAS — University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Las Vegas will take center stage as one of four host cities for a debate during the 2016 election season. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced late September that Las Vegas will host the presidential candidates Oct. 19, 2016. The debate will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV Campus.
“UNLV is honored to be a host venue for a presidential debate as we believe it will bring a unique energy to one of the most diverse campuses in the country,” UNLV President Len Jessup said. “A core mission of a university is to educate future leaders, and hosting a presidential debate will allow students to experience the political process first-hand and to better understand how public policy impacts their lives.”
Jessup and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter are co-chairs of the Las Vegas 2016 Presidential Debate Committee.
The debate attracts nearly 3,500 media representatives from around the world and can generate at least $50 million in publicity for UNLV and Las Vegas, according to data from 2012 presidential debate sites.
“We are excited that Las Vegas has been chosen to host a presidential debate, and we look forward to showcasing our destination,” Ralenkotter said. “Las Vegas is the No. 1 convention city in North America for 21 consecutive years because we know how to get business done, and we are confident that our experience and commitment to customer service will make this event a great success.”
Las Vegas has previously hosted primary debates and presidential speeches and has been long considered for political conventions by both parties. As an early caucus state, Nevada has played a key role in the election process in 2015, and hosting a presidential debate will continue to increase the global visibility of both Las Vegas and the state, said a press release.
About the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of 29,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff and ranks as the second-most diverse university in the nation for undergraduates. Founded in 1957, the university offers more than 220 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs.
UNLV is located on a 332-acre campus in dynamic Southern Nevada and is classified in the category of Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
About the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority 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 more than 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and almost 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.
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