As a tourist, it is difficult to feel more welcome than in Las Vegas anywhere in the world. There are subsidized flight offers, well affordable hotel rooms with a good level of comfort and an entertainment and event programme more extensive than anything one could cover in one stay. But most notably, the people working in the hospitality industry here with very few exceptions are exceedingly friendly and and ready to help. Las Vegas sometimes overstrains the senses and anybody trying to compare the city to any other place is bound to fail.
Las Vegas is located in the Mojave Desert at an altitude of approximately 600 meters above sea level. The Spring Mountains west of the city reach a height of up to 3600 meters. Corresponding to the location, the region has a desert climate, arid with hot summers and short, mild winters and an average annual precipitation of only some 11 centimeters. Conserving the water resources is one of the major tasks for the city and its rapidly growing population.
With almost 600,000 people, the population number today is more than twice as high as it had been as recently as 1990. Not only the city of Las Vegas, but also neighboring towns such as Henderson, Sunrise Manor or Spring Valley - it is worth noting that a part of the famous Las Vegas Strip technically is not located within city limits - are among the American places with the fastest growth rates. Some 65% of the population are Whites and about 10% are Blacks. Approximately 25% of the inhabitants are Hispanics and about 5% are of Asian heritage.
The Las Vegas region mainly lives on gambling and tourism. The latter also brings solid revenues for retail, for the food and beverage industry and for the convention business. In addition, a number of slot machine manufacturers have their headquarters in town. Las Vegas had been struck hard by the recession after 2008 but has since then economically recovered. In 2013, Las Vegas offered some 150,000 hotel rooms to a yearly total of almost 40 million visitors.