The upcoming coming closure of the Riviera on May 4th means the loss of 2,100 of the least expensive hotel rooms on the Strip to the Las Vegas visitor. The hotel will make way for the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center which is part of the $2.3 billion Global Business District expansion by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority of the facility. The new convention center space will help Las Vegas better compete with cities such as Los Angeles and Anaheim in the race to get the biggest conventions. The LVCVA has said at present they miss out on holding approximately 30 conventions each year that have to be turned away because of not enough space with the current facilities; so snagging these conventions would be a boom for Las Vegas. The convention center expansion is projected to increase the number of visitors to Las Vegas from the current 41 million a year to a projected 44 million which will be good for the local resorts and businesses. The exact date for the demolition of the Riviera hasn’t been announced yet but its likely to begin in June most likely in the late night hours when traffic is lightest on the Strip.