Vegas pulls in the punters

Las Vegas continued its upward visitation growth path last year, setting another new record by surpassing 42 million visitors for the first time.

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The total surpassed 2014’s record of 41.1 million, which was the first time the destination had ever topped 40 million.

“Las Vegas couldn’t have reached this achievement without the support of our resort partners and the dedicated workers who make the Las Vegas experience what it is,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

“Whether a first-time visitor or a returning Las Vegas enthusiast, the destination continues to astonish travellers from all over the world with luxury resort experiences, world-class dining and exciting entertainment.”

Ralenkotter said the city’s rising popularity was boosted by several new non-stop flights, increased convention attendance throughout the year, new shows and the addition of more fine dining options.


Daytona Beach invests

Daytona Beach is investing nearly $2 billion in renovations and construction to better showcase its racing heritage, oceanfront location and burgeoning arts scene.


The Daytona Rising Project has seen $400 million invested in improved facilities at the Daytona International Speedway while the historic Streamline Hotel, an art deco-style property that hosted the meeting that launched NASCAR, will be opening as an upscale beachside boutique property this year.

The Florida east coast destination is fast becoming a foodie haven too with an influx of new products including off-the-beaten-track restaurants, independent specialty outlets and the new Daytona Beach Ale trail linking together breweries and craft beer hostelries.

Other developments will include Tanger Outlets’ new Outlet Mall in Daytona Beach, due to open this year, and the arrival of the legendary Hard Rock group as construction gets underway for a new property due for completion in 2018.


NYC’s West Village in the spotlight

The latest New York City neighbourhood to be under the spotlight in the NYCGO Insider Guide series is Manhattan’s West Village.


NYC & Company, the city’s official destination marketing organisation, is debuting a short documentary film highlighting the neighbourhood’s draw cards.

The West Village showcases the beauty of New York with its cobblestone streets, brownstone houses, boutiques and restaurants. It is the birthplace of the city's modern gay rights movement and home to the narrowest house in New York City.

“The West Village is one of the City’s most beloved neighbourhoods, and we invite visitors and locals alike to discover this beautiful and authentically NYC enclave,” says Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s president and CEO.

“As the birthplace of the modern gay rights movements, the West Village also has a storied history that travellers from near and far should certainly discover.”

NYCGO Insider Guides spotlight a new neighbourhood each month. The video documentary series takes visitors behind the scenes to view the character and characters to be found with the city’s neighbourhoods.