Tourism

Las Vegas seeks solutions to tourist traffic on the Strip

In this Sept. 16, 2014, photo taken with a slow-shutter speed, lights of cars blur along Las Vegas Boulevard. Las Vegas doesn't exactly have a work-commute problem, but the 4-mile Strip often gets clogged with tourist traffic.

For a travel destination that offers helicopter tours and jaunts in rented luxury vehicles, getting from point A to point B in Las Vegas can nonetheless pose a challenge. The Las Vegas Strip ...

Chain invasion: Tourist-driven economy ideal for fast-food restaurants

The grand opening of White Castle at the Best Western Plus Casino Royale on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, on the Las Vegas Strip.

White Castle opened its doors on the Strip at the end of January, then had to shut them less than 24 hours later because staff couldn’t keep up with the frantic demand of 4,000 burgers per hour. The recent arrivals of White Castle and Shake Shack — and others such as Chick-fil-A and possibly Cracker Barrel on their heels — could be a sign that ...

Any day can be April Fool’s with this prankster tourist attraction

Scott Jason owns and operates I Got Married in Vegas! Just Kidding, which creates elaborate pranks for customers to trick friends and family.

For fake wedding to fool family and friends, “I Got Married in Vegas! Just Kidding” can provide an Elvis officiant to conduct the ceremony, a ring exchange, a pronouncement and even a fake marriage license with all of the couple’s information. A variety of photos are taken during and after the ceremony against a green screen, and customers receive prints as well as electronic images that can be uploaded instantly...

Resorts World Las Vegas’ goal: Make a bigger pie

An artist’s rendering depicts the planned Resorts World Las Vegas at night.

The architect whose job it is to design a building with a "wow" factor to keep people coming back says the Chinese-themed resort in the works on the site of the old Stardust and Echelon project isn't trying to cannibalize other Strip properties ...

Las Vegas convention attendance boosts April tourism

Tourists walk in front of a misting fan during a hot day on the Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

Tourism officials say 3.54 million people visited Las Vegas in April, an increase of 2.4 percent compared to the year before due in large part to convention attendance. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported ...

Most major casino executives express rosy view of Las Vegas economy, but Wynn disagrees

“If you were to ask me, since we’re making forward-looking statements, what will the second quarter look like in Las Vegas? Weak,” Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn recently told analysts in a conference call.

Wynn’s pessimism came to light April 28, when his company relayed quarterly earnings results that bore some tough news for shareholders. Much of the company’s poor performance traces back to Macau, which has seen 11 straight monthly declines in gaming revenue. Wynn told analysts in a conference call that ...

Six decades later, Las Vegas says goodbye to historic Riviera

Crystal Mebame, Krissy Lee and Brittany Perkins of Baltimore look at a photo on a phone after posing by the Crazy Girls sculpture Monday, May 4, 2015, in front of the Riviera. The Riviera closes its doors at noon today.

The Riviera closed at noon in advance of its eventual demolition. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which agreed to pay $182.5 million to buy the property in February, will replace the historic hotel-casino with more convention space ...

Strip room rates fluctuate around Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

A view of the Las Vegas Strip from a Maverick Helicopter on the way to opening night of the Electric Daisy Carnival on Friday, June 20, 2014, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The imminent “fight of the century” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena has caused room rates on the Strip to skyrocket recently, but it seems that some, at least, have now dropped ...

Fewer Las Vegas visitors in March, 3.6 million total

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

Tourism officials say the number of visitors to Las Vegas dropped off in March to 3.62 million people. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released ...

Traffic signals, crosswalks installed at Las Vegas welcome sign

A new traffic signal and crosswalk are shown Thursday, April 23, 2015, at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on Las Vegas Boulevard.

With the flip of a switch, two new traffic signals were activated along Las Vegas Boulevard today, making it safer for pedestrians crossing the street to get to the ...

Longest runway at Las Vegas airport reopens after resurfacing

A Delta plane taxis on the runway at McCarran International Airport on October 10, 2014.

A runway at the Las Vegas airport closed since October as part of a $67 million resurfacing project has been reopened ahead of schedule, according to the Clark County Department of Aviation. The first phase of construction on ...

Betty Willis, designer of the Las Vegas welcome sign, dies at 91

Betty Willis at the West Charleston Library on December 7, 2002.

Betty Willis, who designed the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, has died at age 91. The Southern Nevada native was the genius behind the famous sign, unveiled in ...

Survey: Only 12 percent come to Las Vegas mainly to gamble

Tourists ride an escalator down from a pedestrian overpass Thursday, April 28, 2011, on the Strip.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says it has a pretty good idea who visited the destination last year: 45-year-old married people making $40,000 or more with ...

Las Vegas airport traffic up nearly 3 percent in February

A Southwest Airlines flight approaches McCarran International Airport with the Luxor in the background.

Officials say the number of travelers flying into and out of Las Vegas grew nearly 3 percent in February compared to the year prior to 3.15 million people. McCarran International Airport officials ...

Las Vegas tourism impact rises to $50 billion in 2014

Tourists pose in front of the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign in this file photo.

Visitors to Las Vegas last year spent an estimated $723 each says a report that pins the value of tourism at $50 billion total. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority commissioned ...