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Las Vegas Courts Tourists from Latin America

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LAS VEGAS -- A group from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority just returned from a tour of Latin America. They were looking for ways to attract even more Latino tourists to Las Vegas.

According to a group from South America, nothing compares to Las Vegas.

"Gambling, women, strip clubs, everything. I mean, I left everything here! My dignity, my money," jokes Andres Brat who is visiting from Chile.

 "They have everything you want to do. They have the pools, they have clubs, they have 24-hour breakfast," said tourist Denisse Davis.

Typically, Latino visitors spend more than the average traveler.

"They want to do everything. They shop, boy do they shop," said Rafael Villanueva with the LVCVA.

Villanueva says the economy in Latin America is doing well.

"It's cheaper for them to come to Las Vegas, spend a week of shopping, stay in our hotels, go see all the shows, buy all these clothes, than buy these clothes in that country because of all the high tariffs," he said.

Certain businesses are catering to this specific market to hopes of keeping them wanting to come back.

J & J is the sole tour company for the Ultimate Fighting Championship which is a huge draw for Mexican travelers.

"Some of our top clients in Mexico will actually schedule specific charter flights for these sort of events," Jenny Patterson with J & J said.

Regular big boxing fights have made Las Vegas a big stop for devoted followers of the sport.

"Now, we are just looking to bring them better service to encourage them to keep coming back to Las Vegas and feeling welcome," Patterson said.

Representatives from the LVCVA say Latin American tourism has improved since air travel became easier. Travelers from Brazil now only have one layover on the way to Las Vegas.

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