11 Sep 2015
Las Vegas, United States
Las Vegas News Bureau
SOUNDBITES IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH - McCarran International Airport kicks off the busy Mexican Independence Day holiday weekend by welcoming passengers to Las Vegas with a special performance by Mariachi Oro Del Rancho. The 19-member student band from Rancho High School greeted passengers, many who will have just arrived directly from Mexico, in the Terminal 3 international arrivals lobby on Friday morning. While McCarran traditionally sees a spike in activity associated with Mexican Independence Day, also known as El Grito weekend, year-round interest in Las Vegas from Mexico has been on the rise, and is expected to continue to be an area of growth in the years to come. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority research indicates international travelers stay longer and spend an average of 50% more per trip, meaning these added flights will pump millions of dollars into the local economy.
SOUNDBITES IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH - Rafael Villanueva of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority talks about how important Mexican tourists are to Las Vegas.
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