Tourism

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 ...

Las Vegas is rated No. 1 destination for holiday weekend

A view of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas is the most popular destination for travelers looking to get away over the upcoming Valentine’s Day-President’s Day weekend ...

Got beer? Forgot shampoo? Take your pick of pharmacies on the Strip

A composite of pharmacies on the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas’ resort corridor is peppered with Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy stores, with more on the way. The chains are drawn to the Strip for its heavy foot traffic and tourists’ universal need for water, snacks, medicine and the not-so-occasional hotel-room party. Landlords want them because pharmacies are stable tenants that ...

Las Vegas hosts a record 41.1 million visitors in 2014

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

A record 41.1 million visitors descended on Las Vegas last year. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirmed Friday what it had already been ...

Las Vegas’ McCarran tops list of buzzworthy U.S. airports

McCarran International Airport is seen Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except when travelers are stuck at the airport. According to a new report from the media tracking company Zignal Labs, McCarran Airport was the most mentioned airport on online media during ...

Paint-your-own-pottery studio opens, art gallery relocates in Las Vegas

 Brandi Patnella and Paul Racana, co-owners of Splash Studios LLC, hosted a grand opening Dec. 6.

Art enthusiasts in the Las Vegas Valley received a couple extra gifts this holiday season in the form of business openings. Also around the valley, plans are in the works for Rainforest Café to eventually move ...

Las Vegas drinking laws explained

A bartender adds some flair as he tosses alcohol bottles for patrons at the renovated Catalyst Bar on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in The Quad.

This party town’s love for libations runs deep. Still, revelers are subject to some city ordinances, county regulations and state laws — and they can be confusing for visitors and locals alike. Here’s a rundown of what's legal and illegal if you're drinking in public ...

In Las Vegas books, college football title game is a big hit

Katie Marie Snyder folds sweatshirts before packing them in boxes to be shipped from McKenzie Sew On in Springfield, Ore., on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, to the Duck Store on the University of Oregon campus. Production was ramped up for the sweatshirts and other commemorative wear after Oregon's 59-20 Rose Bowl victory over Florida State. Oregon will face Ohio State in the first College Football Playoff championship game, on Jan. 12.

College football fans and ESPN executives aren't the only ones applauding the new championship playoffs. Bettors and bookies seem to like it a lot, too ...

Spike in ecotourism among benefits of new national monument, leaders say

Nevada Democrats Rep. Dina Titus, Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Steven Horsford stand with casts of mammoth teeth during a news conference marking the creation of Tule Springs National Monument at Las Vegas Paiute Resort northwest of Las Vegas, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.

Nevada has a new national monument — and state leaders hope it will drive more visitors to the Las Vegas Valley and stoke the local economy. Spanning more than 22,000 ...