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First non-stop flight from Beijing highlights growth of Chinese tourism in Las Vegas

Posted at 10:46 AM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 22:43:56-05
Clark County tourism leaders gathered at McCarran International Airport Friday morning to welcome Hainan Airlines’ first flight from Beijing. 
A special performance from KÀ by Cirque du Soleil kicked off the welcoming festivities.
Chinese tourists are one of the fastest-growing and largest-spending groups of international visitors to Las Vegas. 
With the reciprocal 10-year tourist visas and the introduction of hotels, programming and amenities geared toward Chinese visitors, Las Vegas has established itself as a major draw for Chinese visitors traveling to the United States.

Three flights a week from Beijing are expected to bring in $35 million a year and thousands of visitors.

Many of the Lucky Dragon's players cards are coming from people with Chinese passports. The hotel-casino caters to Chinese tourists with signs in Chinese first, English second.

Lucky Dragon has already had a soft opening and has a grand opening Saturday.

Signs throughout the Las Vegas Premium Outlets are also in Mandarin.