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Tourism flush as Las Vegas hits 40 million people milestone

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Posted at 10:02 PM, Dec 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-17 22:02:30-05

Las Vegas, NV — More than 40 million people have visited Las Vegas this year, which breaks a tourism record, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the LVCVA, said investments by the resorts and an increase in direct international air service from Canada and Mexico were responsible for the increase.

“Ongoing developments in the destination, including new, renovated and rebranded resort properties, exciting new attractions, world-class entertainment, incredible culinary offerings and more are what keep first-time visitors and loyalists returning to Las Vegas time and time again,” Ralenkotter said in a statement.

Tourism generates about $45 billion each year to the economy of Southern Nevada and employs about 376,000 people.

LVCVA celebrated the milestone by surprising visitors with suite upgrades, dinners and entertainment experiences.

With two weeks left in the year, LVCVA said projections indicate the city could end the year with nearly 41 million people visiting Sin City, reported KVVU.

The previous record was sent in 2012 when 39,727,000 people visited Las Vegas.