Debate the major issues
With President Trump in power, the aviation industry is facing an uncertain future. One week into his tenure his executive order banned citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days, leading to protests at airports across the US.
Elsewhere economic woes persist in Latin America, Canada has undertaken a wide-ranging review of aviation policy, and infrastructure challenges are becoming more acute across the Americas.
Our Leaders Panel will bring together key figures from industry and government to debate these issues and more, and will be chaired by John Byerley, the father of the US Open Skies policy.
Route Exchange briefings
Route Exchange Briefings are exclusively open to attending airport and tourism authority delegates.
Delivered by senior network planners and scheduled over two meeting slots, these briefings provide delegates with an opportunity to gain an insight into their target & current airline partners’ business.
Held in private theatres on the show floor, Route Exchange Briefings are the only place to further develop your understanding of the route planning function of airlines, hear a valuable update on the opportunities the airline feels are out there and gain an understanding of how decision makers at airlines see the market place.
Hear the future of aviation
Routes Americas 2017 will bring together a raft of speakers who understand what challenges and opportunities the industry faces in the coming years and decades.
Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom, will provide an update on his mission to bring supersonic commercial travel back to the skies, and how it will impact on global route development. Meanwhile David Scowsill, president & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, will update the strategy summit on how tourism can be redefined for the world of tomorrow.
Additionally we will take a look at the forces disrupting aviation in the Americas with our second panel session. Norwegian Airlines and Wow Air are offering low cost transatlantic flights; Air Canada’s increasing global focus and pushing to be the preferred carrier from smaller US cities to Europe and Asia; the Gulf carriers are wanting more market share and more open competition; and Frontier and Spirit continue to push the boundaries on domestic routes with low fares and no frills. How will the US carriers respond? Who will be the winners and losers? Will US LCCs ever cross the pond? Who are the disruptors in the LATAM market?
The great city of Las Vegas
Named as ‘North Americas Leading Business Destination’ for 22 consecutive years, Las Vegas is the ideal destination for Routes Americas 2017. The city hosts over 22,000 conventions, events and conferences each year ranging in size from 10 to over 150,000 attendees.
With more than 236,000 resort industry employees, Las Vegas promises to provide the best event experience for Routes Americas delegates. Nearly half of Las Vegas’ 42 million visitors a year travel by air and aviation helps drive tourism and the number of international travellers visiting the United States, which is high on the city’s agenda.
Away from the event, the city is globally renowned for its nightlife and world-leading shows, but it is also a gateway to some of the great natural wonders of the world including the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire and Zion National Park. With restaurants run by world-renown chefs, and some of the best shopping in the world, Las Vegas can cater to any visitors’ tastes.
Meet airline decision makers
Routes Americas is the only event which is focused solely on network development, and attracts leading decision makers from across the region and beyond.
Job titles of senior airline delegates already confirmed to attend in 2017 include: managing director, network planning; route planning director, senior director of planning and revenue management; director, network & revenue management and many others.
More than 2,000 meetings pre-scheduled
With more than 2,000 pre-arranged meetings expected to take place, and 224 city pair meetings already confirmed, Routes Americas is the only route development forum that unites the Americas.
Routes Americas is your opportunity to meet with senior decision makers from the region’s airlines to discuss new market opportunities and the evolution of existing services.
The event connects you with the most senior decision makers and offers extensive networking opportunities to enable you to build high value relationships with some of the most influential aviation professionals from across the region.
Uniting the Americas and beyond
Routes Americas brings together representatives from across the Americas and from much further afield.
More than 800 aviation professionals are expected to attend, representing 300 airports, 80 airlines, 50 tourism authorities and top-level suppliers.
Representatives from 57 counties are in attendance, from as far as Finland, France and the UK, shaping the future of domestic and international travel throughout the Americas.
Not all networking at Routes Americas takes place during daylight hours. Our comprehensive hospitality programme has been specially designed to give delegates a real flavour of Las Vegas while at Routes Americas.
The Welcome Reception will take place at Jewel in the Aria Resort & Casino, the official event venue for Routes Americas 2017. Marrying a sophisticated décor with Arabian flare, the venue will provide a relaxed environment for delegates to network with their industry peers and key targets.
The Networking Evening, which will include the Routes Americas Marketing Awards, will take place in Drai's Beach and Nightclub. Towering over the strip, Drai's offers spectacular panoramic views over the city, providing the perfect backdrop for one of the industry’s most important award ceremonies.
There will be exhibitors from wide range of airports, industry suppliers and other associated aviation services.
Airports and destinations confirmed for Routes Americas 2017 include LCVCA / McCarran Airport, Vantage Airport Group, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, British Virgin Islands Airport Authority, Chicago, Antigua & Barbuda and many others.
In addition, there will be delegations from a host of aviation experts and suppliers including Sabre, OAG, Airport Strategy and Marketing, LAZ Parking and many more.
Win an award
The Routes Marketing Awards are a celebration of the very best in the industry.
Across four categories, the awards are highly prestigious, voted for and judged by the airline network planning community. The awards were created in 1997 to recognise excellence in airport marketing as voted by airlines. They provide the airline community with the chance to have their say as to which airport they think provides the best overall marketing services to them.
The Routes Americas 2017 Marketing Awards will take place at the Routes Americas Networking Evening. The evening will be hosted by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and McCarran International Airport. The Overall winner announced in Las Vegas will be automatically short-listed for the World Routes 2017 Marketing Awards.