World Routes heads to the US in 2013

12 December 2012

World Routes will take place in the US for the first time in October 2013 at the 19th World Route Development Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Future Airport Asia gets an exclusive preview of the event.

World Routes is the largest aviation networking forum of its kind and delegates attending Routes Asia in Mumbai in March will see how this event works on a smaller regional scale, giving them an opportunity to prepare for the global event later in the year.

World Routes promises to help its host, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, deliver on its objectives of new international air services for the destination and also to bring the air service development community up to speed with the latest developments the city has to offer.

The first World Routes in the US

"We're very excited to be the first World Routes host destination in the US," said Cathy Tull, senior vice-president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, speaking at the World Routes 2013 press conference in Abu Dhabi.

"Las Vegas offers an experience which is second to none and we’re looking forward to welcoming the world’s aviation community."

"Las Vegas offers an experience which is second to none and we're looking forward to welcoming the world's aviation community. The city is the entertainment and convention capital of the world with nearly five million convention visitors last year, and we are seeing strong growth in international and high-end visitors."

Randall Walker, director of aviation for Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, co-host of the event, commented: "Las Vegas is not only a fascinating and exciting city, but the new terminal also makes it a focal point for route development. With a 7% growth in international passengers this year, Las Vegas is the fastest-growing international airport in the US, and the brand new Terminal 3 is a great opportunity to continue to grow passenger and visitor numbers in the coming years."

World Routes event programme

Organisers of the event have given Future Airport Asia an exclusive insight into their planning for this event and not only do they expect further growth in delegate numbers for World Routes 2013 but they are also making a number of key developments to the event programme.

"All delegates who are registered to attend the event in Las Vegas will gain complimentary access to the World Routes Strategy Summit."

All delegates who are registered to attend the event in Las Vegas will gain complimentary access to the World Routes Strategy Summit as part of their entrance fee; the pre-scheduled face-to-face meetings will continue exclusively for standholders following their successful trial in Abu Dhabi; and there will be even more relevant content added to the programme, attracting senior speakers to ensure all delegates get the maximum benefit from their attendance.

"Hosting World Routes will allow Las Vegas to increase air services and visitor numbers at a time when the airport's expansion offers airlines new opportunities," said David Stroud, executive vice president, Routes. "For Routes, taking the event to the United States for the first time will further strengthen our position in the world's largest aviation market."

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Cathy Tull and Randall Walker, centre, take the World Routes baton from David Stroud, left, executive vice-president, Routes, and James Bennett, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, at the end of the 2012 event in Abu Dhabi.

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