Few cities evoke images of excess as Las Vegas. Located in the middle of the arid Mojave Desert, the southern tip of Nevada, Las Vegas is an oasis of life, energy and money – a city where the only goal in life is fun.
Over 35 million people visit Las Vegas every year and finding accommodation in150,000 hotel rooms in town. The Chamber of Commerce of Las Vegas, the fastest growing city in North America, with approximately 80 acres of land to build every 24 hours and about 50,000 people each year are set here.
Ironically, in the beginnings Las Vegas were quite a humble town. In the eighteenth century, the place that today is the city has acquired the name Las Vegas (“Plains” in Spanish) because of the natural spring that created a green oasis in the desert. The town itself was founded in 1905 (as a railway station to Union Pacific, between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City).
In 1931 gambling was legalized and Las Vegas has quickly gained the appearance of today. At first attracted visitors at Hoover Dam, but soon became a haven for gambling across the country – has attracted stars like Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Liberace and became the main entertainment center of America.
In the 1930 skyline was developed by building enormous hotel complexes, competing for the title of largest hotel in the world, an orientation that continues today. The competition was won by MGM Grand, with a capacity of over 5,000 rooms, although the Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and Palazzo have certainly raised the bar of luxury and opulence.
Today, Las Vegas is more flourishing than ever. Entertainment is the business that is based around the city’s economy, giving rise to large hotels and industries of tourism and commerce. Residents of this city go normal lives in normal suburbs but to visitors, Las Vegas is just one endless playground with illuminated signs, places where they can lounge, live entertainment and casinos.