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Las Vegas Lucks Out with Back-to-Back Holiday Weekends
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LAS VEGAS -- The countdown is on to the big New Year's Eve celebration and revelers are already making their way to Las Vegas.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists are using back-to-back three day weekends as a reason to stay longer and spend more in Las Vegas.

"I want to eat, I want to shop," announces Andrea Bonaparte. She is visiting from the Midwest with her mom and sister for this holiday week.

"Vegas doesn't have any snow like Chicago, I like the weather and for New Year's they do a big fireworks show and I want to see that. They close down the Strip and I just can't imagine all the people with no cars. I am excited to see that," said Bonaparte.

An avid bargain shopper, Bonaparte says there's no better place spend her money.

"Chicago also has taxes of 9 percent so we want to come here, it's a little cheaper here, and there's a lot of outlet malls," she said. She is just one of thousands who is making the most of two major holidays falling on weekends.

"We've got everything that Las Vegas has to offer every year, but the fact that it's on a three-day weekend definitely helps the destination. With it on a Friday, people can celebrate all weekend long," said Kevin Bagger, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Bragger says predictions of spending in non-gaming revenue is about $177 million from tourists for New Year's Eve weekend. The Fashion Show Mall has been packed with shoppers since Christmas Eve.

"We have seen some success' for this holiday season. All of our retailers have seen some success. This holiday season got off to a little of slow start but we've have seen a pick up," said Jim McMichael, Fashion Show.

The LVCVA is forecasting about 320,000 visitors for New Year's weekend which is an increase from last year when we hosted just shy of 310,000.

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