National Tourism Week is underway as pre-pandemic tourist numbers return to the Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – National Travel and Tourism Week kicks off in May, after a busy few months of travel.

In March alone, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported that 3.3 million visitors visited Las Vegas.

The LVCVA cites the variety of resorts, nightlife and growing list of residences as reasons that keep tourists coming back to visit.

8 News Now spoke with Mathew Nolan and Annette Morales who are flying in from New York.

“I love Las Vegas, it’s Mother’s Day weekend and my mom is with me and it’s our anniversary,” Morales said. “There is always something to do, something different to do in every hotel.”

The couple say they decided to take advantage of all the sights by hopping on scooters.

“If you’re walking in this heat and carrying luggage…we’re heading to old Vegas.” We’ll be there in an hour on our scooters,” Nolan said.

As tourists begin to pack the Strip, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week and declares that now is the best time to be in Las Vegas.

Lori Nelson-Kraft is the senior vice president of communications at the LVCVA and outlined the attendance numbers so far this year.

“Here at the convention center, we have more shows on the books in 2022 than we did in 2019. However, I will say this, attendance is still down,” she said.

International travel, which accounts for 15% of overall visits, has still not returned, even after Harry Reid International restored 16 international sites.

But the future is bright, as evidenced by Las Vegas celebrating a massive achievement.

“The NFL has never awarded a single city three killer events. Vegas hosted the Pro Bowl and just won a successful NFL Draft, and we have the Superbowl on the horizon,” Kraft added.

The LVCVA also thanks the more than 165,000 hospitality workers for their efforts.

Along with the daily happenings in Las Vegas, plenty of excitement is on the horizon as Formula 1 also heads to the valley.

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