Key Speaker

The Honorable Susie Lee

U.S. Representative (NV-03)

Key Topics

  • Travel industry’s economic impact in NV-03
  • Brand USA reauthorization (HR.3851/S.2203)
  • Importance of road, rail and airport infrastructure investments
  • Importance of streamlining the Visa Waiver Program (H.R.2187)
  • Potential impact of the new Raiders Stadium. 

Discussion Summary

During a roundtable with Representative Susie Lee (D-NV) at the Delano Las Vegas, local travel leaders and members of the community discussed traffic congestion on I-15 and the need for an accurate U.S. census count, noting that Nevada getting its full share of federal infrastructure funds is particularly important for a state so reliant on tourists driving and flying into the area. The group also discussed the city’s transformation to a professional sports hub, with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway being able to share the new stadium with the Raiders football team. Participants noted that six out of 10 visitors to Las Vegas attended a live performance or sports event. The group expects that percentage to climb in the years ahead with new venues like Allegiant Stadium. The group also advocated for several federal issues, including the Brand USA Extension Act (HR.3851/S.2203), a delay in the REAL ID Act, and funding for the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


  • Akosa Akpom, UFC
  • Paul Anderson, Boyd Gaming Corporation
  • Jeremy Aguero, Applied Analysis
  • Mike Britt, Station Casinos
  • Larry Brown, Clark County
  • Kevin Camper, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Angela Castro, RTC of Southern Nevada
  • Warren Eales, Department of Homeland Security
  • Chris Flatt, Wynn/Encore
  • Desiree Francois-Reed, UNLV
  • Jason Gray, MGM Resorts International
  • Keith Hansen, Allegiant
  • Steve Hill, LVCVA
  • Patrick Hughes, Fremont Street Experience
  • Cindy Hoag, Consumer Technology Association
  • Chris Jones, McCarran International Airport
  • Lori Kraft, LVCVA
  • Paul Moradkhan, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Brenda Nebesky, Travel Nevada
  • John Nelson, AEG Presents
  • Ingrid Reisman, Las Vegas Monorail
  • Jill Rowland-Lagan, Boulder City Chamber of Commerce
  • Mary Beth Sewald, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Shearer, Raiders
  • Stowe Shoemaker, Harrah Hospitality College, UNLV
  • Amber Stidham, Henderson Chamber of Commerce
  • Virginia Valentine, Nevada Resort Association
  • Rosemary A. Vassiliadis, McCarran International Airport
  • Jady West, Cox Business, Hospitality Network

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