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Airport mariachi greets guests for Mexican holiday

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A live mariachi is scheduled to welcome some of the nearly 6,000 visitors expected to fly from Mexico to Las Vegas for Mexican Independence Day weekend.

McCarran International Airport says 42 commercial flights are coming direct from Mexico on Friday and Saturday. That includes regularly scheduled flights and another 17 flights from cities that don't usually offer direct service to Las Vegas.

The star-studded holiday weekend includes a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, as well as performances from major Latin artists including Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel and Marc Anthony.

The airport says year-round passenger traffic from Mexico is up 93 percent from where it was four years ago.

Tourism officials seek out international visitors because they stay longer and spend more than domestic travelers.

Las Vegas Airport Traffic Down in July, but Barely

Las Vegas Airport Traffic Down in July, but Barely

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials in Las Vegas say the number of passengers coming through McCarran International Airport was slightly down in July.

Data released Thursday show nearly 3.7 million people flew in and out of the airport last month. That's 0.2 percent less people than flew in July 2012.

Total airport traffic is flat in the first seven months of 2013, compared with the same period last year.

Domestic traffic was down 0.6 percent in July, while the number of passengers flying internationally increased by 2.6 percent. Domestic carriers make up about 90 percent of traffic.

Of the top five airlines serving the airport, Delta saw the biggest passenger gain in July.

Remodeled and Renamed Casino Celebrates Transformation

Remodeled and Renamed Casino Celebrates Transformation

The newly remodeled Terrible's Casino will be celebrating the final phase of its transition to the Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino with a week-long party.

The celebration starts Monday, July 1 with gaming promotions, giveaways, food and beverage specials.  

The casino and hotel has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation with new furniture and fixtures, a renovated sports book, a new bar and a new guest service center.

Most people will notice the new neon sign reflecting the change in name and image. 

Las Vegas Air Traffic Down .2 Percent in April

Las Vegas Air Traffic Down .2 Percent in April

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials in Las Vegas say McCarran International Airport handled slightly fewer passengers in April than a year earlier.

Data released Friday shows slightly more than 3.5 million people flew in and out of the airport last month. That's about 5,000 or 0.2 percent fewer people than flew in April 2012.

Total airport traffic dropped in the first three months of 2013, and rose slightly in March. Traffic is down 1.1 percent for the year.

Domestic traffic dropped by 0.7 percent in April, while the number of passengers flying internationally increased by 3.8 percent. Domestic carriers make up about 90 percent of traffic.

Of the top five airlines serving the airport, United Airlines saw the steepest drop off.

McCarran is the seventh-busiest airport in the country.

Terrible's Hotel and Casino Changing Sign and Name

Terrible's Hotel and Casino Changing Sign and Name

 

The sign at a Las Vegas hotel and casino will start coming down Monday, as it transitions to a new look and name.

Terrible’s Hotel and Casino’s cowboy sign is being taken down and donated to the Neon Museum.

The hotel on the corner of Paradise and Flamingo roads is being renamed and remodeled. This June, the resort will become the Silver Sevens Hotel and Casino with a new look and new sign.

Affinity Gaming has already spent $5 million to refurbish the hotel rooms, renovate the sports book, rework a new casino bar and create a new players club.

 

 

Virgin America Announces New Flight Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas

 

Virgin America announced Wednesday new nonstop service between McCarran International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport, starting in April.

The three daily roundtrip flights will add to the flights the airline already runs between San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Tickets are on sale now through virginamerica.com. Fares start at $39, excluding taxes and fees. Other restrictions may apply.  The airline is also offering deals on other routes to celebrate the launch of the new flight.

 “We are thrilled to welcome additional service from LAX on Virgin America,” said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority. “Every new destination that is added to the schedule provides additional convenience and flexibility for travelers. With record visitation to Las Vegas in 2012, every new airline seat provides opportunity for continued growth. “