Known across the world for its glittering lights, magnificent luxury resorts, all-night casinos and magical shows, Las Vegas welcomed a record number of visitors last year.
The city synonymous with Elvis, winter sunshine and spontaneous weddings opened its arms to 39.7 million visitors in 2012, around half a million more visitors than the previous high set in 2007.
The soaring numbers of tourists helped to boost the economy, with $40 billion raised in the last year alone. Las Vegas is a sure bet for winter sun, and coupled with its huge variety of attractions and luxury timeshare resorts, it remains a firm favourite with both American and northern European timeshare owners.
The very positive figures were released by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) earlier this week.
More than $2 billion had been poured into revamping Las Vegas, with the LVCVA hoping that more than 40 million tourists will discover the city this year.
Rossi Ralenkotter, president of the LVCVA, said: “The record visitation is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our resort partners and every employee who works in the industry.
“Tourism is the economic leader for Southern Nevada and the entire state, so we are encouraged to see positive signs of continued growth for the industry.”
The LVCVA also revealed that visitor volume had increased by 2.1 per cent from 2011, with approximately 800,000 more guests hitting the city in 2012.
More than 4.9 million delegates also attended a convention, trade show or meeting in Vegas last year – a 1.6 per cent increase from 2011.