Is there a McGregor factor? Irish visitor numbers up as Las Vegas welcomes a record total of global visitors


Las Vegas drew a record number 42.9 million visitors last year, preliminary figures from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) revealed.

The figures are up 1.5pc on 2015, but the LVCVA warned that it’s tipping a growth slowdown this year, forecasting a more modest 0.5pc increase to 43.2 million.

Irish visitor numbers to the Nevada city have been steadily on the rise, jumping from an estimated 48,947 in 2013 to 52,931 in 2014 and 66,577 for 2015, the latest year released. The jump from 2014 to 2015 was 25.8pc, with Ireland making up 1.1pc of the total international influx, ahead of the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy.

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The city’s representative in Ireland, Tryphavana Cross, said that Vegas – which is normally in the top three US destination for Irish operators – is an all-year choice, and is often the no 1 destination in the States outside of the summer season.

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“The figures have jumped hugely since 2015,” she said, with Dubliner Conor McGregor’s UFC fights in the city a major draw for Irish visitors.



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