Visitors flock to Las Vegas for Labor Day weekend

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Holiday weekend tourism still not at pre-pandemic levels

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As it turns out Las Vegas is one of the top travel destinations in the country for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Juan Santos, who is from Florida, is one of many people who visited the valley for the holiday weekend.

He says he spent it doing the usual:

“Gambling! A lot!” Juan also says he stopped by the Welcome to Las Vegas sign before flying home.

The Transportation and Security Administration estimates that roughly 3.5 million travelers passed through airports on Friday and Saturday alone.

That number is up from 2020 but still fewer than before the pandemic. It’s something Santos said he noticed while in Las Vegas.

“It’s a lot slower. A lot of businesses are still closed and the masks all the time,” Santos adds.

Still, Las Vegas was one of the top travel destinations in the country for the Labor Day weekend.

Many visitors traveled on the roads.

Drivers on the I-15 near Primm, on the way back to California, braved bumper-to-bumper traffic on Monday.

According to Triple-A, ever since COVID restrictions were loosened in mid-March, more people are hitting the highways for road trips.

Travelers who spoke with 8 News Now say they tried to get on the road earlier on Monday to beat traffic.

“It takes almost an hour to two hours longer than it normally should be, you know, just wanting to get home quicker and rest,” says Candice Hernandez who is also traveling this holiday weekend.

Whether visitors drove to visit the valley or flew, many can agree on one thing:

“I love Vegas,” adds Santos.

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