What a great end to the year! The community gathered at The Sand Dollar in Las Vegas where owner, Anthony Jamison had fully immersed the venue in the spirit of Christmas with their Miracle on Spring Mountain. Twerking Santa and all the trappings.
We ended the year welcoming new people to the community who have chosen to locate to Nevada to be close to the travel and hospitality technology industry in Las Vegas. Very Testbed Vegas. It’s nice to finish up the year in a slightly less formal way.
Thanks for having us, Anthony!
Martin’s photos below capture the spirit of the evening and the environment well.
We will be back at the end of January with our first session. Stay tuned for the dates and topic launch!
State of Economic Development in Nevada
Earlier in the month we had the opportunity to attend a session with the state’s incoming Director of the Office of Economic Development.
Newly into the role Mr Michael Brown was most recently the CEO of Barrick Gold. Brown has a deep level of global experience as well as boots on the ground business and residential experience living in southern Nevada with the mining giant.
Key on the agenda for the Nevada Office of Economic Development (GOED) is that their activities tie back to the overarching goal of the Sisolak state government focusing on improving the education system in Nevada. Testbed Vegas support’s that objective.
We were encouraged to hear the Directors thoughts around the ‘fortification’ of the southern Nevada economy. Making sure that while we look to bring new industry to the city, we also foster what has already been established. Testbed Vegas highlighted the existing travel and hospitality industry and the opportunity for an industry technology hub in the discussion and we look forward to future dialogue with the Director.
In 2020 the department has a number of trade missions planned with Poland, Japan and Korea and will continue the work done with Israel to date.
A new decade
Testbed Vegas is off to a flying start with CES in the second week of January and will host the Hospitality Technology Hacks & Pundits Dinner on Thursday 9th. If you are coming to town for CES do join us. We gather a local and international crowd for a social evening. A great way to start the year. Register with the following button.
CES – the major kickoff to the conferencing year and the next decade is in the second week of January. If you like technology that’s one to get along too. This year they will have a track focused on Tourism & Travel and it is expected to be the largest show ever with the LVCVA opening the expanded convention center in time for the show.
ITB, the major global Travel & Tourism event is on in Berlin in March and Travel Massive will hold their first ever Global Gathering on the sidelines of the event. Find out more and register on Travel Massive and take a travel buddy!
2019 has been a full year of community, dialogue, education and exhibition where we have tackled a volume of topics pertinent to Las Vegas and the industry at large. You can take a look back at the recaps from 2019 following.
- The Nevada State of Cannabis
- Smart Hotels
- Virtual Reality
- Future Jobs
- Testbed’s 1st Birthday
- Information Security
- Future Industry Professionals
- Future Gaming Experience
- Testbed Christmas
We knew the pictures would be great at The Sand Dollar and they don’t disappoint. Thanks again to Martin S Fuentes for bringing Testbed Vegas to life through your unique lens.
We hope that you have a fabulous festive season with your family and friends and bring in the new decade with a bang. We’re looking forward to bigger things for Testbed Vegas and the city in the 20’s!
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