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More Than 300,000 Visitors Expected in Las Vegas for New Year
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LAS VEGAS -- Local tourism officials are projecting more visitors to Las Vegas this New Year's Eve but they say spending will still be down compared to last year.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority projects this year's non-gaming economic impact from New Year's Eve to be about $183 million down from $199 million last year, which represents an 8 percent decline. They say they are expecting 315,000 visitors, which is up slightly from last year's number of 312,000.

"Certainly because of the economy, overall spending by visitors is down for the year, but nonetheless that's still a significant amount of money coming into our economy," said Kevin Bagger, LVCVA.   Tourism officials say the city is on pace to achieve an occupancy rate of about 96 percent come New Year's Eve which is also down from 98 percent last year but no surprise given the thousands of new hotel rooms added with the recent grand opening of CityCenter.

Tourists arriving in Las Vegas to celebrate the ringing in of 2010 say they can't imagine ushering in a new decade anywhere else.

"There is just something about the atmosphere here. It's like an electric charge," said Jessie Walker, New Mexico.

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