High-Profile Crime has Tourist Industry Worried

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Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Over 40 million people visit Las Vegas every year to be a part of the world of excess at the adult playground.

The town’s slogan, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” promises vacationers a wild time without consequences. Part of the draw of tourist towns like Las Vegas, is the notion that you can indulge in borderline activities without sacrificing your feeling of safety.

Violent crime fell dramatically between 2012 and 2013, but a handful of high-profile incidents have the tourism industry shaking! The series of bizarre random events began in the last days of 2012 and included shootings, stabbings, car chases, a sexual attack on a teenage boy, and the beheading of an exotic bird! Officials opine that because the city has had so many visitors, more people are interested in serious crimes that occur there.

Casino hotels hope the high-profile crimes do not hinder the booming convention traffic. Convention goers offer a constant stream of revenue for hotels the during less popular travel times. The choice of just a few corporate planners to book their company’s convention in Las Vegas or a different tourist hotspot can make a huge difference in the profits of these hotels
Some blame falls on Nevada’s lax gun laws. Many people visit Las Vegas to gamble, but some people come to buy guns. It is legal to carry guns openly and purchase does not require a background check.
Many of the casinos on the strip are vowing to increase security in a bid to protect hotel guests, although some people believe an increased police presence will quell the recent ‘crime wave’ on The Strip.