Las Vegas reaches 40 million visitors for 2014

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Las Vegas has reached a historic milestone, exceeding 40 million visitors for the first time, and yet the tourism industry in Southern Nevada continues to expand.

This year has been a strong year for Las Vegas, achieving ten consecutive months of visitor volume increases, with many of those months being the best on record.

The “Entertainment Capital of the World” has surpassed its record for annual visitation, drawing more than 40 million people with two weeks remaining of the calendar year.

Current pacing suggests the destination could approach nearly 41 million visitors by the end of the year, with the previous record was set in 2012 with more than 39,727,000 tourists.

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority president and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter, said that Las Vegas couldn’t have reached this milestone without the continued investments of partners.

“Ongoing developments in the destination, including new, renovated and rebranded resort properties, exciting new attractions, world-class entertainment, incredible culinary offerings and more are what keep first-time visitors and loyalists returning to Las Vegas time and time again,” Mr Ralenkotter said.

Las Vegas has seen an increase in direct international air service in 2014 with Canada and Mexico proving to be instrumental to visitation growth.

Tourism plays a vital role in the economy of Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley generating more than USD$45 billion annually and supporting 376,000 local jobs.

To celebrate the 40 million visitor milestone, as only Las Vegas can, the destination created a series of priceless, ‘Only in Vegas’ experiences and surprised unsuspecting visitors with Las Vegas entertainers.

Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman
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