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Las Vegas Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week

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LAS VEGAS - National Travel and Tourism Week kicks off Monday, and Las Vegas is celebrating its top industry in a number of ways.

The official color of National Travel and Tourism Week is blue, so many Las Vegas landmarks will include blue lights.

The High Roller features blue lights beginning Sunday. New York-New York's Chrysler tower will be lit blue all week as will the Vaquero Cowboy statue at McCarran International Airport.

Las Vegas relies heavily on tourism, which is by far the city’s biggest industry. Visitors spend an estimated $45 billion per year in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is on pace to surpass last year’s tourism numbers. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says visitation is up approximately four percent from the same time last year.

In March, Las Vegas broke a record with 3.7 million visitors.

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman says National Travel and Tourism Week is his favorite time of the year, and he says he will celebrate in typical Oscar Goodman fashion.

"I think I'm going to get, figure something that's blue. I’m not sure what liquor is blue, but we'll find one and put that in the martini to mix for the entire week. It will be a new drink. It'll be called 'the blue martini.' How's that for originality?" he said.

This week, Goodman will join his LVCVA colleagues to recognize employees who work directly with tourists. The Hospitality Hero Program will reward 60 industry workers.

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