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Las Vegas a Top Spot for Mexican Independence Day

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of people will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day in Las Vegas this year. The city has become a top spot to mark September 16.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, airlines are responding to the demand. For this special week, the number of seats sold on flights between Mexico and Las Vegas is up nearly 70 percent. 

Six cities in Mexico that normally do not have direct flights have several chartered flights a day to Las Vegas.

Ariadna Muro is a visitor who is back for her sixth year in a row. "I love it, the people, the place, the weather," Muro said. She also plans to see several shows while in town.

The resorts have booked big name entertainment from Mexico like Luis Miguel, Marco Antonio Solis, and Ana Gabriel. 

"The Mexican visitor is an equal opportunity spender. They go to our hotels. They go to all the shows or the concerts we have in town. They hit all the restaurants, all the clubs, and the retail side," Rafael Villanueva with the LVCVA said.

Visitors say another big reason to celebrate in Las Vegas is the feeling of safety compared with the violence in some parts of their home country.

"Because in this place, it's very safe. Everyone is gentle and very kind. So it is very fun," Muro added.

Last year, Mexican travelers spent $36.9 million in Las Vegas.