Tourism

Same-sex marriage welcomed by Strip resorts, tourism officials

Caesars Entertainment properties celebrate the first legal same-sex wedding performed at the Flamingo on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. It was followed by a champagne toast on the High Roller observation wheel at the Linq Promenade.

At the Aria’s wedding chapel, spouses-to-be can choose from two lounges in which to prepare themselves for the big ceremony: one for grooms and another for brides. Their layouts evoke traditional gender expectations, with the guys getting a pool table and the larger bride’s lounge boasting plenty of mirrors. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Nevada, the lounge layout might give pause in ...

Marriage bureau in Las Vegas preps for gay marriages

Tommy, left, and Rik Holman attend a celebration at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. The couple married in California this April, they said. People gathered to celebrate a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that overturned Nevada's prohibition on gay marriage.

Gay rights groups celebrated Tuesday and Clark County clerks began making plans to for a burst of marriage applications after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down ...

Las Vegas airport traffic up 3.4 percent in August

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

Officials say passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport jumped 3.4 percent in August compared with a year earlier. Data released Thursday show more than ...

Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids

This photo shows an envelope that Marriott will be placing in 160,000 hotel rooms in the U.S. and Canada beginning this week to encourage guests to leave a tip for the person who cleans the room.

Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in ...

Honolulu to move homeless people from tourist hubs

In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, a man sleeps near a surfboard rental stand at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. The Honolulu City Council is considering proposals to ban sitting, laying down, urinating and defecating on sidewalks and other public areas in Waikiki and throughout the island of Oahu.

The Honolulu City Council approved several measures Wednesday aimed at moving homeless people out of tourist hotspots in Hawaii, including one that bans sitting and lying down on ...

Las Vegas fights to stay ahead of convention competition

Exterior of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In terms of tourism, Las Vegas is the proverbial Joneses that other cities try to keep up with. And the city is making a big investment to keep it that way ...

Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

This July 28, 2012, photo provided by Bob MacDuff shows Lindsae MacDuff holding an automatic weapon at the Gun store in Las Vegas after her "shotgun wedding."

The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism. With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people — especially those outside the U.S. — indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become ...

Las Vegas airport traffic up 1.9 percent in July

A Japan Airlines jet taxis to a gate at McCarran International Airport on Friday, July 7, 2000.

Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport has climbed up 1.9 percent compared with a year earlier. Data released Wednesday show more than 3.7 million people ...

Tourists robbed on famous San Francisco street

Motorists make their way down Lombard Street on May 20, 2014, in San Francisco. Two Dutch tourists were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, while they were taking pictures there.

Police are searching for suspects who robbed two Dutch tourists at gunpoint while they were taking pictures at a popular spot in San Francisco that's known as the ...

Courage, leadership, investment needed to effectively push medical tourism here, experts say

From left, Douglas Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS; Ann Lynch, chairwoman of Las Vegas HEALS' board of directors; Stowe Shoemaker, dean of UNLV’s college of hotel administration, and Michael Vonnozzi, director of public policy at the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, participated in a medical tourism roundtable discussion at the Las Vegas Sun offices, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.

When people fly out of town for medical care, they often go abroad for low-cost surgery or head to such world-class centers as the Mayo Clinic for care they can’t get at home. They don't usually think of coming to Las Vegas for ...

Las Vegas-to-Monterrey flights launching in December

A discount air carrier says it will start offering nonstop service again between Las Vegas and the Mexican city of Monterrey. Mexican company VivaAerobus is launching four...

What a trip: New show in Las Vegas melds entertainment with tourism promo

Viva Veracruz, a music and dance show debuting Aug. 11, 2014, at Planet Hollywood, is an exploration of the culture and folklore of Veracruz, a state on Mexico's Gulf Coast. The show was funded by the state government of Veracruz.

The Mexican state of Veracruz has taken a new approach to marketing itself to tourists: It's launched a Las Vegas Strip show that features ...

Bumpy road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk now paved

This undated photo shows a newly paved stretch of road leading to Grand Canyon Skywalk in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

Getting to the Grand Canyon Skywalk used to include a teeth-chattering drive over a washboard road fraught with dips and twists. Motorists have a smoother drive to the Hualapai Tribe's most popular tourist destination now that ...

Ticket me Elmo? NYC mulls law for impersonators

A visitor to Times Square stands for photos with costumed characters Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that he believes the people wearing character costumes in Times Square should be licensed and regulated.

New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statues of Liberty impersonators — Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists. The city wants to rein in ...

Las Vegas visitation up 3.1 percent in June

Tourists walk along the Las Vegas Strip in this April 28, 2011, file photo.

The number of visitors coming to Las Vegas jumped 3.1 percent in June compared with a year earlier, helped by a lift in convention attendance. A report released Friday by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says...