Las Vegas prepares for a busy NYE night
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas is getting ready for its biggest and last event of 2012, New Year's Eve.
More than 330,000 visitors are expected in Las Vegas next week, a number the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor's Authority is calling conservative.
"New Year's Eve is absolutely the single biggest event that we have," said LVCVA Spokesperson, Jeremy Handel.
Since New Year's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, the LVCVA is banking on tourist to arrive Friday and Saturday to enjoy all the city has to offer through the weekend.
"We're expecting the 330,000 some folks to bring in about $210 million and that's non-gaming revenue. The gaming will be in addition to that. So whatever we see in addition to that is just going to be another boost to our economy," said Handel.
Some people have already arrived.
"We're doing the Hoover Dam today then we're going to do the Hitzville USA," said tourist Wanda Macon.
A popular stop for the out-of-towner is the Welcome to Las Vegas sign where "Elvis" says he'll be welcoming tourists through next week.
"Buses all day long today and it'll be like this until the 2nd," said Elvis impersonator Mark Rumpler. "It will be a lot of fun a lot of people. I'm really excited to see all the people coming in from all over the world to be here for New Year's."
As Las Vegas says goodbye to 2012, it's not a year to be forgotten. The destination will break its visitation record for the first time since 2007.
"In 2007 we had 39.2 million visitors and we're certainly going to surpass that. So for visitation this will be a record breaking year," said Handel.
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