Tourism

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...

Test program to shorten customs lines at Las Vegas airport

Travelers from an international flight wait in line at the passport check area at McCarran International Airport's Terminal 2 on Wednesday, April 23, 2010.

Overseas visitors coming to Las Vegas could soon be spending less time in customs lines. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday that McCarran International Airport will be...

Las Vegas airport traffic up 1.3 percent in June

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

Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport has climbed up 1.3 percent compared with a year earlier. Data released Thursday show nearly 3.7 million people arrived and departed from...

Computer problems cause grief for Allegiant passengers at McCarran, across country

An Allegiant Airlines jet takes off from McCarran International Airport on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

Allegiant Airlines passengers arriving this morning at airports across the country were in for a rude awakening as a temporary outage of the airline's computerized check-in system forced delays and …

Lake Tahoe casino undergoing $60 million in renovations, will reopen as Hard Rock

The Park family acquired the property formerly known as The Horizon in March and announced a partnership with Warner Hospitality. The new owners say the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will …

Downtown Las Vegas jumps again

Downtown's Container Park.

From its frontier infancy through the mid-20th century, the only Las Vegas was downtown Las Vegas. But the city center known as Glitter Gulch lost the glamour battle post-1960 with the newer Strip, a stretch of...

Las Vegas is placing its bets on Hollywood

"The Hangover" actors, from left, Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha, appear in a scene at Caesars Palace's reception area.

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Tahoe trashed: Beach crowds take memories, leave garbage

The view of Lake Tahoe from Logan Shoals Vista on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011.

The recent holiday weekend saw tens of thousands of people cram the shores of Lake Tahoe, presumably, to enjoy clean water and mountain scenery. Then a bunch of them treated the shoreline like their own personal garbage dumps. The mess took some of the shine off what was …

In Las Vegas, defying the odds of reality

A view of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, along with the rest of the Las Vegas Strip, taken from a Maverick Helicopter above Southern Nevada on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

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More crowded roads expected for July Fourth weekend

Traffic is shown on Interstate 15 in this April 14, 2011, file photo.

Expect more traffic on the road this Fourth of July weekend, as 41 million Americans travel for the Independence Day holiday, a 1.9 percent increase compared to ...