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Podcast: Las Vegas doubles down on reopening at full capacity

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A couple embraces to ring in the 2021 New Year on the Las Vegas Strip.
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In 2019, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority estimated it hosted nearly 43 million tourists. Officials were expecting a record year for 2020, and the Nevada metropolis did set one … in the negative direction. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, barely 19 million visitors came to town — the lowest total in decades.

Today, restaurants and casinos will return to full capacity. If the move is successful, you’ll see a flip on the city’s tagline. What happened to Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. Our guests are Los Angeles Times national correspondent Kurtis Lee and Culinary Union Local 226 secretary-treasurer Geoconda Argüelo-Kline. Plus, a rant about loquats!

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times national correspondent Kurtis Lee and Culinary Union Local 226 secretary-treasurer Geoconda Argüelo-Kline

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About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, producer Shannon Lin, senior producers Steven Cuevas and Denise Guerra, executive producer Abbie Fentress Swanson and editor Julia Turner. Our engineer is Mario Diaz and our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen.

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