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You can bet visitor count for Vegas will stay on track

By Anthony Curtis

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 09, 2014

~~<p>It was technically a swing and a miss, but it wasn't a miss by much. After running slightly ahead of pace for 11 months, Las Vegas had a relatively slow December, causing the 2013 visitor count to land at 39.67 million tourists, just below 2012's record total of 39.73 million. The difference of 0.1 percent translates to just 58,801 fewer visitors, which is half of the daily average of about 108,000. Since 2012 was a leap year, it had that one extra day that made the difference. Not to worry, Las Vegas got out of the gate strong this year with an 8.2 percent increase in January, putting it on a pace to surpass 40 million visitors in 2014. Meanwhile, the gambling win was healthy, hitting $11.1 billion statewide. It was a 2.6 percent increase over 2012 and the first time above $11 billion since 2008, another indication that things are getting better.</p>
<p>&raquo; <strong>&quot;Pawn Stars&quot; on the move</strong>: The spoof of the hit History Channel TV show &quot;Pawn Stars&quot; is now playing on the Strip. After a brief run at the Golden Nugget, the stage adaptation &quot;Pawn Stars Live&quot; will open at the Riviera in April.</p>
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It was technically a swing and a miss, but it wasn't a miss by much. After running slightly ahead of pace for 11 months, Las Vegas had a relatively slow December, causing the 2013 visitor count to land at 39.67 million tourists, just below 2012's record total of 39.73 million. The difference of 0.1 percent translates to just 58,801 fewer visitors, which is half of the daily average of about 108,000. Since 2012 was a leap year, it had that one extra day that made the difference. Not to worry, Las Vegas got out of the gate strong this year with an 8.2 percent increase in January, putting it on a pace to surpass 40 million visitors in 2014. Meanwhile, the gambling win was healthy, hitting $11.1 billion statewide. It was a 2.6 percent increase over 2012 and the first time above $11 billion since 2008, another indication that things are getting better.

» "Pawn Stars" on the move: The spoof of the hit History Channel TV show "Pawn Stars" is now playing on the Strip. After a brief run at the Golden Nugget, the stage adaptation "Pawn Stars Live" will open at the Riviera in April. Login for more...



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