“Nevada doesn’t need to invent a new economy,” he said.
A stadium near the Las Vegas Strip could host major sporting events and concerts and attract even more visitors to Las Vegas, he said.
City leaders have tried for years to attract a major sports team to Las Vegas with the promise of a potential stadium, but Lang said such a venue would only appeal to locals. A new stadium must have international appeal to fill hotels along the Strip, he said.
Nevada also needs to overhaul its aging hospitality program at UNLV to attract more professionals and strengthen the casinos and hotels along the Las Vegas Strip that bring in most of the state’s revenue. The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration has more than 2,800 students from 42 states and 39 countries.
Lang said the state could further establish itself as a powerful exporter of gambling and tourism by attracting more out-of-state students to a new, impressive college building.
By not investing in tourism, Lang said, “we are killing the golden goose.”
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