Vegas-bound WestJet guests hit the jackpot

Airline and Las Vegas team up to deliver once-in-a-lifetime experience

CALGARY, Oct. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - What do you get when you combine Vegas-bound WestJet guests with a stunning acrobatic display, a world-class DJ, a private airplane hangar, showgirls and VIP access to the best of the city? The "Ultimate Vegas Upgrade," an action-filled experience delivered recently to unsuspecting guests on board WestJet flight 1116 from Toronto to Las Vegas.

"We're passionate about providing our guests with remarkable experiences," said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. "Our relationship with Las Vegas allowed us to up the ante, surprising guests with a Vegas vacation they'll never forget."

Through relationships with Vegas resorts, guests were entertained by some of the city's top talent, and their trips were upgraded to include some of the destination's best experiences - from front-row show tickets to VIP nightclub experiences and luxurious resort suites.

"Las Vegas is a destination that is full of entertainment and excitement, and a place where anything can happen," said Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "By teaming up with WestJet and our hotels, we were able to provide these lucky visitors with a true 'Only in Vegas' experience that will last a lifetime."

For a first-hand look at the "Ultimate Vegas Upgrade," please view the video here.

WestJet flies nearly one-third of all international passengers to McCarran International Airport, which is more than any other carrier. The airline operates more than 80 flights per week from nine Canadian cities, including Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal. On October 29, WestJet will launch twice-weekly service to Las Vegas from Abbotsford.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 150 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacations packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)
2015/2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (MoneySense magazine)
2014/2013 WestJet RBC World Elite MasterCard ranked #1 in the Canada's Choice ranking (RewardsCanada.ca)
2014 Interbrand Canada's Best Canadian Brands (Rank #20)
2014 Brands of the Year (Strategy magazine)
2014 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Ipsos)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2014/2013/2012/2011 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)

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About the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and nearly 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.lasvegas.com.

Join Las Vegas' social media community @Vegas (Twitter and Instagram) or Visit Las Vegas (Facebook).

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