Tourism

Toxic spill raises rafting concerns in Grand Canyon

In this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, photo, people kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., in water colored yellow from a mine waste spill. A crew supervised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been blamed for causing the spill while attempting to clean up the area near the abandoned Gold King Mine.

The amber-toned plume of toxic mining waste spilled by the Environmental Protection Agency near Silverton, Colo., last week, is slowly snaking its way toward Lake Powell — whose southern tip serves as an entry point to the Grand Canyon. In addition to threatening the ...

Downtown Las Vegas performers fret over bid to rein them in

Fremont Street Experience busker Jay Gelbman, who goes by Stogee Blues, makes a point during an informational meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at City Council chambers regarding an ordinance affecting performances.

On the Fremont Street pedestrian mall, Michael Troy Moore can be found wearing nothing but a G-string and a stuffed rooster on his lap ...

Tourism board approves $42 million Riviera demolition plan

Traffic passes in front of the Riviera Casino in Las Vegas Sunday, May 3, 2015. The casino closed at noon on May 4. The 60-year-old Riviera, which was the Las Vegas Strips first high-rise property, will be demolished to make way for a $2.3 billion convention center business district facility.

The Riviera will be destroyed under a $42 million plan approved by Las Vegas tourism officials. It’s still unclear ...

Hacker summer camps crash Las Vegas this week

People arrive for the Black Hat USA 2014 hacker conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Aug. 6, 2014.

When the hackers are in town, mischief is often close behind.

Allegiant’s second-quarter earnings are up 62 percent from last year

In this Thursday, May 9, 2013, photo, an airline ground worker guides an incoming Allegiant Air jetliner at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

The airline, with small base fares and a large menu of add-on fees, flew more people in the second quarter compared with a year earlier but, to fliers’ delight, charged less money per ticket ...

Las Vegas hosts 21 million visitors in 6 months

Tourists take photos at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign Saturday, March 14, 2015, on the Strip.

Tourism officials say more than 21 million people have visited Las Vegas in the first half of 2015, about 1.5 percent more than a year ago when ...

Tourism authority committee votes for $42 million Riviera demolition plan

Lights are shown on the Riviera facade Sunday, May 3, 2015, before the casino closed.

The shuttered Riviera inched closer to destruction today when a subgroup of the Las Vegas tourism authority voted in favor of plans to demolish it for $42 million. A Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority committee considered ...

Mob Museum in Las Vegas to open soccer scandal exhibit

A view of the Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, Feb.13, 2013.

The Mob Museum in Las Vegas is setting up an exhibit dedicated to the FIFA corruption scandal. The permanent display entitled "The 'Beautiful Game' Turns Ugly" will open at ...

Las Vegas Sands’ earnings drop 30 percent as Macau problems reverberate

Las Vegas Sands Corp. owns the Venetian and Palazzo.

CEO Sheldon Adelson admitted in a statement that the high-end gaming market in Macau was particularly challenging, but he said his company is focused on the mass market and nongaming segments ...

Bleisure: Sightseeing day adds sanity, fun to business trip

Chandran shows Sashee Chandran stands outside Shangri La, a historic home and museum that houses a collection of Islamic art in Honolulu, July 10, 2015. Chandran, who owns a small tea company called tea drops, was in Hawaii for a trade show.

Jeanne Achille used to find business travel "really depressing" because she never got to sightsee in the places she was visiting. But these days, Achille, s "quite intentional" about flying in early for ...

Weddings in Las Vegas have dropped 37 percent in last 10 years

Ronnie and Lisa Littlejohn enjoy champagne after their marriage during this century's last sequential wedding date of 12/13/14 on the High Roller on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in the Linq Promenade.

Wedding bells have been ringing less often in Las Vegas recently — nearly 47,000 fewer couples were married here in 2014 than were a decade ago, even though record numbers of tourists have flocked to the city. In 2004 the number of weddings performed in Clark County peaked at 128,000. Last year, only 81,000 took place ...

3 new names join Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Three new directors have been sworn in to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board. An authority spokeswoman said Tuesday that Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow and ...

Mirage volcano in Las Vegas to erupt less frequently

A view of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Sept. 16, 2011. Flames from the volcano at the Mirage can be seen at left.

The man-made volcano that has been spewing fire and water since the Strip hotel's 1989 opening, a first-of-its-kind attraction, will now offer ...

Las Vegas brings ‘Disneyland for adults’ vibe to table tennis’ U.S. Open

Yuqin Yang of China serves to Crystal Wang of Maryland at the 2015 U.S. Open. The largest international table tennis event in the United States started July 6 and ends Saturday night with the men's and women's finals at Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace.

“When you think of big events you think of Las Vegas,” said Gordon Kaye, the CEO of USA Table Tennis. “It’s a natural fit.” The five-day event concludes on Saturday night, when the men’s and women’s singles championships are played inside Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace ...

Sandoval forms group to boost Southern Nevada tourism

Aerial views of the Las Vegas Strip on Friday, March 27, 2015, including the Rock in Rio USA site, MGM Arena behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo and Pawn Mall.

Gov. Brian Sandoval signed an executive order today that creates a committee devoted to tourism improvement projects in Southern Nevada