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Las Vegas Visitors Spent Less In Every Area In 2009

LAS VEGAS -- Visitors to Las Vegas spent less money gambling, eating and staying in Sin City in 2009 compared with 2008, according to a report by the city's main tourism agency.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said in its 2009 Las Vegas Visitor Profile Study that gamblers wagered nearly $482 on average during trips last year, compared with nearly $532 in 2008. Visitors on average stayed between four and five days during their trips.

The annual study said visitors spent $75.78 on average for each night in hotel, 25 percent less than in 2008.

Visitors also cut back on food and drinks, local transportation, shopping, shows and sightseeing, according to the study.

The findings were based on in-person interviews -- about 300 per month -- collected throughout the year. The study was conducted by GLS Research.

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Las Vegas Strip Goes Dark During Earth Hour

LAS VEGAS  --  Casino lights along the Las Vegas Strip went dark as part of a worldwide effort to bring attention to climate change.

The Saturday event, organized by World Wildlife Fund, involved more than 3,500 cities in 125 countries. Officials say all 50 states in the United States took part.

In Sin City, nonessential lighting went off at 8:30 p.m. for one hour.

That included the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign.

Several casinos in downtown Reno also participated.


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Spring Breakers Turn Eye Toward Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- New research shows Las Vegas is becoming even more popular among the 20-something crowd. Tourism officials believe the great online travel deals created by this economy -- along with spring break -- may be driving up those younger visitor numbers.

Even without any formal research to support their claims, local tourism officials say spring break is one of the best times of the year for Vegas' youngest adult visitors for a variety of reasons.

The food, the shopping, the gambling, fun and entertainment, it's everything in one place. In spite of the recession, Las Vegas actually saw a slight increase in 2009 in the number of visitors between the ages of 21 and 29.

"About 11 percent of our overall visitation is now within that age demographic," said Vince Alberta, LVCVA.

Nevada's Unemployment Rate Rises to 13.2 Percent

CARSON CITY, Nev. --  Nevada's statewide unemployment rate rose to 13.2 percent in February, while the jobless rate in the Las Vegas area climbed another notch toward 14 percent.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Friday the unemployment rate in Clark County increased from 13.8 to 13.9 percent.

There was no change in the 13.4 percent jobless rate in the Reno-Sparks area. In Carson City, the rate fell slightly from 13.8 percent to 13.7 percent.

The report says 189,000 workers were out of work in Nevada. But a top state economist says employers added 10,400 jobs in February, representing the first increase since October. Nevada's statewide unemployment rate in January was 13 percent, the second highest in the nation.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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Actor Tony Curtis Helping Rescued Horses

LAS VEGAS -- The Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary is getting some help from Hollywood royalty. Actor Tony Curtis is selling some artwork to benefit horses at the rescue.

The centerpiece is a large painted horse named Shiloh which will be traveling around bringing attention to the cause. You can buy miniature versions of Shiloh signed by Curtis. There will also be other items on sale including wine, Some Like it Hot Sauce and bars of soap that feature images of Tony with Marilyn Monroe and his art

"There are many Shiloh's, and not called Shiloh's, but many horse rearing organizations that try to save them from being slaughtered, but not quite enough. And so this is the purpose of Shiloh," said Curtis.

Valentines Day Dining at the Top of the World

Top of the World at the Stratosphere is 'elevating its cuisine' with a new chef and a new menu. The wine list here may be the most reasonably priced in town! The filet was fantastic. If you like seafood, you've got to try the Cod. Melt in your mouth delicious. Of course the view steals the show. The room rotates as you dine in the sky.

Lots Of Flavor and Big Portions at the Fat Greek

The Fat Greek is located on Decatur near Flamingo. This family run business knows how to do traditional Greek food, but brings in some nice fresh twists too. You will not leave hungry! Two people can eat there for less than $50 dollars and you'll have a doggie bag too. Leave room for dessert. Good sweets here.