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William Hill U.S. poised for sports betting in New Jersey

12 August 2013
LAS VEGAS -- William Hill U.S., the Las Vegas-based subsidiary of Britain’s largest bookmaker, is pleased with its sponsorship and the July 28 outcome of the 46th running of the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. In case you missed the race, Verrazano cruised to win by 9 3/4 lengths over Power Broker. ... (read more)

INTEL: Google Glass ban, Canvas Pop expansion and a slip of the tongue

20 May 2013
LAS VEGAS -- Caesars won’t have any of that. And we’d bet most other casinos won’t, either. The New York Times reported recently that a Caesars Entertainment Inc. spokesman said, “We will not allow people to wear Glass while gambling or attending our shows.” No, the spokesman wasn’t referring to all glass, he was referring to Google’s wearable computer that happens to be called Glass. ... (read more)

LVCVA board approves $2.29 million in expenses

13 March 2013
LAS VEGAS -- In a routine March meeting, the board of directors for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Tuesday approved $2.29 million in assorted expenses. A $1.35 million chunk of the total is slated for two ceramic cooling towers at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s central plant. ... (read more)

Las Vegas visitation down despite bump in convention attendance

11 March 2013
LAS VEGAS -- Even with increased convention attendance, January's Las Vegas visitation was slightly down. During the first month of 2013, 3.13 million people came to Las Vegas, down 0.7 percent from January 2012's total of 3.15 million visitors, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's monthly count. ... (read more)

Las Vegas Convention Center set for $2.5 billion upgrade

27 February 2013
LAS VEGAS -- A $2.5 billion project to re-create the Las Vegas Convention Center and the surrounding area was given the green light Tuesday. The first phase of the Las Vegas Global Business District, under way through 2014, is estimated to cost $150 million, or all bond revenue the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has available. ... (read more)

MAGIC back in Las Vegas with $101.8 million in economic impact

21 February 2013
LAS VEGAS -- An emerald-green, sleeveless knee-length dress hangs from a dress form inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. Next to it, a royal blue number hangs, beckoning passers-by to look. Melanie Hunley and Jackie King founded Liberate Apparel two years ago. The line is composed of jewelry made in Haiti from recycled materials, and clothing made in the U.S. ... (read more)

China seen as rich tourism source while new year celebrations abound

13 February 2013
LAS VEGAS -- While Las Vegas marks the Year of the Snake with Chinese New Year celebrations all week, travel officials look to mainland China as a prime target. In recent years, travel from China to the United States has eased with shorter visa wait times, but the U.S. Travel Association argues it should be easier still. ... (read more)

Number of visitors to Las Vegas in 2012 sets record

11 February 2013
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas, we didn't quite make it to 40 million visitors in 2012, but we came close. When all was said and done, 39.7 million people came to the city in 2012, up 2.1 percent from 2011's final total of 38.9 million visitors, according to the monthly Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority count released Friday. ... (read more)

40 million tourists foreseen for Las Vegas in 2012

21 December 2012
LAS VEGAS -- As 2012 draws to a close, the future of tourism is looking bright. Locally, 40 million tourists are expected to visit Las Vegas this year, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is optimistic that prediction will ring true. As of October, the last month for which statistics are ... (read more)

October tourism numbers in Las Vegas tick upward

10 December 2012
LAS VEGAS -- October was a solid month overall for Las Vegas visitation. Month-over-month, visitation was up 2.9 percent to 3.5 million over October 2011's total of 3.4 million. Year-to-date, Las Vegas visitation rose 1.9 percent, bringing the total number of 2012 visitors thus far to 33.6 million, according to the monthly Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority count released Friday. ... (read more)

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