US – Las Vegas celebrates passing 40m tourist milestoneBy Phil - 18 December 2014
Las Vegas reached a historic milestone, exceeding 40m visitors for the first time.
The tourism industry in Southern Nevada continues to expand, 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 40m people with two weeks remaining of the calendar year. Current pacing suggests the destination could approach nearly 41m visitors by the end of the year. The previous record was set in 2012 with more than 39,727,000 tourists.
“Las Vegas couldn’t have reached this milestone without the continued investments of our resort partners, and the more than 40m people who came to experience all the destination has to offer,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “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.”
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 $45 billion annually and supporting 376,000 local jobs.
To celebrate the 40m 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, including Penn and Teller, Carrot Top and Claire Sinclair, presenting the one-of-a-kind experiences. The giveaway items included: incredible suite upgrades at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Palms Las Vegas, dinner for four at CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, thrill-seeking SkyJump experiences at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, VIP beauty makeovers at Michael Boychuck’s COLOR Salon at Caesars Palace and much more.