Vegas Gets The One-Two Punch
The New Year's Eve Party was a huge success for Las Vegas. Over 300,000 people braved the cold, wretched traffic, and bad press about Vegas to show up, fill our hotels, and give the city a much needed economic boost to start 2010.
Now we get a second shot in the arm when the Annual Consumer Electronics Show opens this week. Hotels, gaming, and tourism folks are expecting another 110,000 visitors to our fair city.
For a city that has been arguably ground zero in the recent housing and unemployment crisis, this is indeed good news. Visitors are what drives our economy, and when you have almost half a million folks stopping by for coffee over the course of a couple of weeks, well, it's a great way to jump start the local economy.
Now if only those idiots in boxing can get over their petty differences and get the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on in March, this can really start to seem like the "old" Vegas, complete with swagger, juice, and the vibe that can only be found in the little city in the desert.