For the second consecutive year, the number of people who visited Las Vegas in 2015 surpassed the projections by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Last year, 42.3 million people visited Las Vegas, a 2.9 percent bump from 2014 and well ahead of the 41.6 million tourism officials had projected.

The health of the state economy is closely interconnected with the health of the tourism industry. Spending by tourists and conventioneers accounts for about a quarter of Nevada’s gross domestic product, while the leisure and hospitality industry accounts for three out of 10 jobs and a quarter of all employee wages in Nevada. Because of this relationship, it is little surprise that Nevada’s positive 2015 was supported by strong fundamental growth within the tourism industry.

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