HOLY SOW! Chinese New Year is a tourism boon as local resorts, businesses ham it up for Year of the Pig
Rev up your celebration engine once again for The Year of the Pig as Chinese New Year fever descends over Las Vegas for a tourist onrush (and economic windfall) that began Feb. 5 and stretches over 15 days. Also known as Spring Festival and Lunar New Year, it’s a holiday that basks in an ever-widening spotlight in our tourist corridor, where catering to Asian visitors grows ever grander.
On Jan. 25, chefs from Mandalay Bay/MGM Resorts International motored up to the ticketing curb at McCarran International Airport to unload 350 boxed lunches, with another 350 scheduled for afternoon delivery.
Their intended diners: Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers toiling without pay in the midst of the partial U.S. government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, 2018.
Across the street from this cozy homestead in Overton, nearly a century ago, an artistic trailblazer came into the world. Ironically, she would weave her singular magic in service of a wildly different, pleasure-seeking aesthetic — in our neon nirvana, where razzle met dazzle and glitz hooked up with glamour — that she immortalized in six words she encased in lights. And in legacy. “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada.” You’ve seen the sign. Now know the trailblazer: Betty Willis.