Nov 10, 2001 10:11 PM

With 150,000 people expected to attend next week's Comdex convention, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid cautioned that while tourism was on the upswing there was still much work ahead.

"We've talked about the economic stimulus package in Washington and there is going to be a component in that for tourism," the Democrat said in a news conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, site of Comdex.

Bill Bible, president of the Nevada Resort Association said in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that tourism is the economic engine for the city and applauded Reid's efforts, particularly regarding a tax deduction for business meals.

"Room rates are not what they were before Sept. 11 so there are greater values in Las Vegas for either business or recreation travelers," Bible said.