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Tourism agency: Fewer visitors came to Las Vegas in 2017

The agency responsible for promoting Las Vegas says preliminary numbers show that fewer people visited the destination in 2017.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says more than 42.2 million people traveled to the area. That's a 1.7 percent decrease compared to 2016.

The agency attributed the drop to the mass shooting on Oct. 1 and a temporary reduction in available rooms as several hotels underwent renovations.

While the overall number of visitors fell last year, convention attendance increased 5. 2 percent, setting a record. The agency says more than 6.6 million people participated in conventions, which included the triennial large Conexpo-Con/Agg international construction trade show.

Revenue per available room, a key measure for hotels and resorts, reached almost $115. That's up 2.1 percent compared to 2016... Read More

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Luck runs out for Lucky Dragon

The Lucky Dragon resort and casino doesn't appear to be so lucky.

After opening its door just over a year ago, the Chinese-themed hotel abruptly closed the casino and restaurants Thursday morning.

Lucky Dragon is on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip on Sahara Avenue, just west of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Some employees told 8 News NOW, although they are not surprised by the news, they were not aware it was happening Thursday morning.

Customers who tried to enter the casino found the doors locked and signs of the closure posted.

"It's kinda shocking," said Matt Cornelius, patron.

He was gambling there during the overnight hours and when he came back to try his luck again, he found the doors closed.

"I went over to the hotel and they were like it's closed for a minute, they didn't say exactly how long," he said.

In a statement, the owners of Lucky Dragon write:... Read More

Las Vegas Strip bollard installation on hold after pay dispute

Approval for additional steel posts along the Las Vegas Strip is on hold as southern Nevada commissioners investigate a pay dispute.

The Clark County Commission planned on approving the installation of 500 safety bollards Tuesday, but decided to postpone the vote by at least two weeks.

Nevada Foundation for Fair Contracting Director Lou DeSalvio says three workers claim Muller Construction has been paying them at a lower rate than they were promised.

The company's Vice President of Marketing and Sales J.D. Calhoun says it's the first he's heard of the complaint.

The county is unable to continue working with the company until the pay dispute is resolved... Read More

Las Vegas prepares to host thousands for #VegasNYE

The Las Vegas New Year's Eve celebration is world-renowned.

This week tourists have already been making their way to Las Vegas for the big night.

It's that time of the year again. Las Vegas gets ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world for America's Party.

Signs of what's to come are popping up.

If you'll be out celebrating Sunday night. Here are a few things you'll need to know.

Don't bring items such as glass bottles, luggage, backpacks, oversized purses, carts and strollers on the Las Vegas Strip.

They won't be allowed.

If you see something suspicious, say something. Police will be everywhere. Around 1,500 police officers and 360 Nevada National Guardsman will also be keeping an eye on crowds.

Eight hundred bollards are in place on the Strip and there will be 4,200 metal barricades. Those barricades will start to go up around 2 a.m. Sunday... Read More

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Recreational pot is legal in California on Jan. 1

California is going green! On Monday, the country's most populous state will begin recreational marijuana sales.

So, what does this mean for the local cannabis industry? One of Las Vegas valley's biggest dispensaries is welcoming the competition.

Most of Reef's customers are tourists. Reef dispensary is conveniently located less than a mile away from the Las Vegas Strip. It's no surprise most of its customers are from out of state, many of them from California.

"I lived there for a year, said Liliana Farias, a recreational pot user.

She moved back to Las Vegas recently. She says she prefers the product in the Golden State where starting Monday she can buy it legally.

But Farias doesn't believe California's recreational sales will have much of an impact on southern Nevada... Read More

#VegasStrong: A look at back at 1 October and the community response

As the year comes to a close, what remains on many minds - especially in southern Nevada - is the tragedy that unfolded on October 1, 2017 and the community response.

The message that arose from that horrible night was "Vegas Strong." The shooting massacre left 58 dead and more than 500 injured, but it changed the lives of thousands of people and brought a community together.

Reporter Vanessa Murphy reports on how the worst night in Las Vegas brought out the best in people.

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Heightened security expected in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve

Spotters, snipers and strike teams are just some of the substantial amount of resources to keep Las Vegas revelers safe on New Year's Eve.

In a news conference Wednesday morning, Sheriff Joe Lombardo shared a few details about security measures, and an unprecedented number of law enforcement officers and National Guard members will be on duty when tens of thousands of people gather to ring in 2018 on the Las Vegas Boulevard.

The heightened security measures come just three months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place in Las Vegas.

"I think it's important to get out to the public what exactly mitigating factors we put in place to ensure everybody's safety," Sheriff Lombardo said... Read More