For Southern Nevada, it’s going to be a week of planes, trains and automobiles.
The National Business Aircraft Association is bringing its static display of business aircraft to Henderson Executive Airport and the Las Vegas Convention Center this week.
The Clark County Commission will consider an ordinance for ride-hailing companies on Tuesday.
And, the Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority will choose a franchisee on Wednesday.
All this while the state conducts its annual state tourism convention focusing on bringing international visitors to Nevada.
About 27,000 people will be in Las Vegas on Tuesday through Thursday for the 68th National Business Aircraft Association gathering, a convention that rotates to different locations each year.
Residents around Henderson Executive Airport may hear more aircraft traffic than normal as planes fly in and out of the Henderson airport off St. Rose Parkway. The association is expecting more than 100 planes to be on display at the airport and at the Convention Center, where Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta addresses the event’s opening general session Tuesday.
Retired US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who piloted the “Miracle on the Hudson” jet to a safe water landing on the Hudson River in January 2009, speaks Wednesday.
More than 1,000 exhibitors will show off their hardware and customers will be able to kick the tires of the different models of business aircraft during the event that is closed to the public.
Trains — the high-speed variety — will be on the minds of members of the Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority Wednesday afternoon when the five-member board considers choosing a franchisee from among four organizations that have submitted proposals to build a rail system that would connect Las Vegas with Southern California.
Most observers are expecting the board to select XpressWest and its plan to connect Las Vegas with Victorville and Palmdale, Calif., as the franchisee since system requirements listed in Senate Bill 457, which formed the authority, match closely with the XpressWest business plan.
But the board also will hear from Sky Tram International, Portland, Ore.; and Las Vegas-based David Brough’s Dual-Mode Advanced Vehicular Endeavor, known as D.A.V.E.
A third applicant, submitted by the Reno-based Nevada Intercity Passenger Railroad, headed by Lamar Aiazzi, isn’t expected to make a presentation, submitting his plan as a protest to call attention to what he considers to be an unfair advantage for XpressWest.
On the car front, the long-awaited end of the road for Uber and Lyft drivers may take a detour Tuesday when the Clark County Commission considers an ordinance establishing the business licensing of transportation network companies.
Over the past six weeks, Uber and Lyft have been working with the county on the ordinance, which would require ride-hailing companies to acquire a business license to operate.
“On Oct. 20, we reached a written agreement with Clark County on a solution for business licenses,” Uber said in an emailed statement issued Friday. “We support that agreement as written, without additions.”
The only problem is that there have been additions. Specifically, the ordinance requires the companies to provide a monthly report to the county listing the name and identification or driver number or each driver registered by the company to ensure that all of them are properly licensed.
Uber considers its driver list proprietary information.
The county business license would only be good in unincorporated Clark County, opening the door for other municipalities to require their own business licenses, a course the city of Las Vegas is on.
In addition, Lyft has sent a letter to the county asking that commissioners consider amending the ordinance to establish a minimum number of rides provided by a driver before being required to have a license. The company said because many drivers aren’t sure they’re going to continue to drive once they get started, licensing as a condition for driving could result in a negative impact on an emerging industry.
Meanwhile, Uber still hasn’t begun operating at McCarran International Airport while Lyft has.
While planes, trains and cars are on the minds of others, the state’s largest annual tourism convention gets underway at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort on Monday.
Rebranded as the Governor’s Global Tourism Summit, hundreds of tourism industry professionals from across the state will meet with the primary goal of establishing plans to attract more international visitors to Nevada.
The three-day event will include an address to the industry by Gov. Brian Sandoval on Tuesday.
Panel discussions and speaker presentations will focus on how the state, particularly rural areas, can market to international travelers.
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