February 21, 2013
“Crime never helps a destination that depends on visitors,” said Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst with Hudson Crossing. “But most travelers are also smart enough to put things in context, and I think people will realize (Thursday’s incident) was not something that targeted tourists.”
That said, “visitors will demand a strong feeling of security, especially in a destination like Las Vegas, which has been built on the idea of letting people take their guards down,” adds tourism consultant Troy Thompson.
Indeed, says LasVegasAdvisor.com president Anthony Curtis,while every big city has crime issues, “Vegas is absolutely a place where that kind of thing is elevated, because you’ve got people walking around with lots of cash in their pockets, partying and not paying attention to their surroundings.”Click to read the full feature at USAToday.com.