Western state anticipates a new rush of visitors

Western state anticipates a new rush of visitors

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Nevada is looking forward to welcoming more visitors on the back of three new services to Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport, with Travel Nevada anticipating the flights will encourage travel to attractions across the ‘Silver State’.

Virgin Atlantic re-introduced its direct seasonal Manchester-Las Vegas route on June 2 with three flights weekly (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The service will run until October 25 2024 with fares for return flights starting from £671.

Beginning September 12 is Norse Atlantic Airways’ three-times-weekly route from London Gatwick. Using a two-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the airline has given the route “its own lucky number seven” in honour of Las Vegas, designating it flight Z0777. Economy fares start from £399pp, with premium fares £1,029pp, including taxes and fees.

And Aer Lingus will operate a brand-new direct service, departing three times weekly from Dublin, from October 25. The service will run until March 31 2025 with lead-in fares starting from 499 euros return in economy.

Travellers crossing the Atlantic via Dublin can benefit from the U.S. pre-clearance facilities at Dublin Airport. This means they complete all Immigration and Customs procedures before their flight and enjoy a speedy exit on arrival at their U.S. airport. The Aer Lingus flights depart Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at 15:20.

Rafael Villanueva, the new CEO of Travel Nevada, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome three new direct services from the UK and Ireland to Harry Reid International Airport this year. These new routes are set to significantly boost tourism, making it more convenient for travellers to experience the vibrant entertainment of Las Vegas, in addition to the stunning natural landscapes, cultural attractions and world-class hospitality that Nevada offers.

“We anticipate an increase in international visitors by the end of 2024, contributing to the growth and diversity of our tourism industry,”

Known as the ‘Silver State’, Nevada’s attractions beyond Las Vegas include natural wonders such as the Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Tahoe and Great Basin National Park, arid desert landscapes, and characterful ‘ghost towns’. There are also plenty of quirky attractions throughout the state, such as Seven Magic Mountains, an art installation in Ivanpah Valley, along the far southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Road trips in the western state include the Extraterrestrial Highway, Cowboy Corridor, Lake Tahoe Loop, Great Basin Highway, Neon to Nature and Free-Range Art Highway.

Earlier this year, Travel Nevada launched its new global campaign, titled ‘Get a Little Out There’ encouraging travellers to find their own adventure in the desert.




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