Shooting will not dim charm of Las Vegas
LAS Vegas is the sixth most-visited city in the US, accounting for just under 10% of the nation’s overseas arrivals.
Behind only the behemoths of New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Francisco, Nevada’s Sin City welcomes 3.3 million people from abroad each year – excluding Mexico and Canada – just more than five times its population. Almost 43 million people visited last year.
The city best known for its hedonistic nightlife and gambling culture is, however, top of the table when it comes to its dependency on tourism. No other city in the US has a higher percentage of people employed in the private leisure sector, while Las Vegas is the ninth-biggest employer in the hospitality industry as a whole.
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Bureau, tourism accounts for about 44% of the area’s work force, with more than 250 000 people making a living in hotels, restaurants, bars and casinos, and 100 000 employed in additional services. Not even Orlando, Florida, home to Disney World, has so many of its eggs in one basket.
In short, in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, Las Vegas will be keen to ensure there is no lasting impact on the world’s desire to keep visiting.
Will the shooting keep tourists away from Las Vegas?
It seems unlikely. Las Vegas has seen its visitor numbers increase steadily since 1970, when just 6.8 million people made a pilgrimage to the middle of the Mojave Desert. Growth paused 2008-09 for the recession but has since picked up again. Last year’s 43 million was a record.
The second-largest mass shooting in US history presents a grim but handy comparison when considering the impact on Las Vegas tourism.
Last June, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded almost 60 when he carried out an attack at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, a city where one in four people is employed in the leisure sector.
Statistics from Visit Orlando show the attack has not been detrimental to tourism. Orlando as a whole has seen a 3.3% increase in visitors so far this year, compared with 2016, while Orlando Central and South, near where the atrocity took place, have seen 3.3% and 2.6% growth respectively. – The Telegraph
VIVA, LAS VEGAS: Almost 43 million people visited US gambling mecca Las Vegas last year