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Las Vegas Hits Visitor Record For 2016

Dorathy Gass

So, we all know ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’ and it seems more and more travelers across the globe are interested in this idea by heading to the Sin City. For the third year in a row, Las Vegas has shattered tourism records hitting a visitor count of 42.9 million dollars last year. The city hit 42.3 visitors in 2015.

CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Rossi Ralenkotter chimed in the news by stating that the city remains to see heightened interest as Las Vegas celebrates a record year for visits, once again. Ralenkotter noted, along with their resort partners the city will continue to market the destination aggressively around the globe to keep on attracting more tourists in hopes that the record can once again be broken in 2017.

Travelweek reported that people did not only visit Vegas for pleasure in 2016, they also went for business activities too. The city celebrates a record-breaking year for convention visits, welcoming a tremendous 6.3 million individuals traveling to the Entertainment Capital of the World, for business.

The record-breaking visitor count for 2016 is really no surprise when you think of all Las Vegas has to offer. It continues to be on the travel bucket list of many, with a wide variety of shows and attractions that keep tourist coming back for more; and it is so much more than just a city to gamble in. Further, Las Vegas leads the industry when it comes to occupancy, with plenty of hotels and resorts to accommodate travellers, close to 150,000 rooms available across the sparkly city to be exact. It is estimated that the tourist industry brings close to $52 billion dollars each year to the Las Vegas Valley and Southern Nevada regions.

But can they break another record come 2017? The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority seems to be pretty optimistic this new year. They are currently estimating that the visitor count will hit 43 million in 2017, surpassing 2016’s number. Looks like Vegas is headed for a four-peat when it comes to breaking tourism records.