Tourism

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 ...

World’s tallest observation wheel falls short on riders

The 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel, the tallest in the world, is shown Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The wheel is the centerpiece of the $550 million Linq project, a retail, dining and entertainment district by Caesars Entertainment Corp.

The world's tallest observation wheel hasn't quite reached the elevated expectations of its owner. Caesars Entertainment officials have said the High Roller was just shy of ...

March Madness: With basketball, NASCAR and Spring Break, this is Las Vegas’ biggest month

March events are expected to draw more visitors to Las Vegas than any other month. Three-time boxing world champion Adrien Broner (left) will face John Molina Jr. on March 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to kick off NBC's new broadcast boxing series, Premier Boxing Champions. Brad Keselowski (center) will defend his title in the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on March 8. Las Vegas is the only city to host four NCAA basketball conference championships (right).

With four college basketball conference championships hosted this month in Las Vegas, it’s no surprise that tens of thousands of fans will fly in and shell out big bucks to get in on the action. In fact, March Madness betting rivals Super Bowl betting at the sportsbooks. But March Madness in Las Vegas goes beyond basketball ...

Las Vegas visitation flat for January at 3.4 million

Tourists pass by the Flamingo with Caesars Palace in the background Thursday, April 28, 2011.

A total of 3.4 million people visited Las Vegas in January, virtually flat compared to the same month in 2014, which was a record year for tourism. Visitation was up ...

Las Vegas airport monthly passenger traffic holds steady

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

Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport held steady last month compared with January 2014. The monthly numbers released Thursday showed an overall increase of about ...

Tourism authority OKs $182.5 million purchase of Riviera

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority plans to use the site of the Riviera as part of a $2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project, which includes a 1.8 million-square-foot expansion of exhibit and meeting space, shown here.

Las Vegas tourism officials today agreed to pay $182.5 million to buy the Riviera, paving the way for the closure and demolition of the nearly 60-year-old resort. At a special meeting ...