This could be a record March for Las Vegas visitors

Mar 17, 2014 9:15 PM

Based on the outpouring of people attending a major construction industry convention and the many sporting events scheduled to take place, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says March could become a record month for tourism in Las Vegas.

Led by enthusiasts for the annual “March Madness” basketball tournament, sporting events include a Major League Baseball encounter between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets at Cashman Field; the basketball tournaments involving Pac-12 and Mountain West Conferences and less well-known events are expected to flood the area with tourists.

Just this past weekend, noted the Associated Press, Frank Mercogliano, an assistant athletic director for the University of New Mexico, said his school’s team brought their fan base to Las Vegas and the South Point Hotel and Casino, where they are staying.

“There were still 5,000 fans at the arena…maybe more than that. And there were at least a thousand in this place just going crazy as we walked down the South Point. It was great,” he was quoted as saying.

March is typically a strong month for Las Vegas tourism, officials said. Last year, for instance, it was the best month on record, dating to 1990 with 3.5 million visitors.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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