LAS VEGAS -- The 10 largest hotels in the world are located here
and four more -- adding about 20,000 rooms to the city's inventory
-- will become operational early next year. The construction spree
has led critics to suggest that Nevada's gaming capital is
overbuilt. The critics, according to former Gov. Bob Miller, are
"[In the last year], I've visited countries throughout Asia, Latin
America and Europe with delegations from our local tourism, hotel
and airport industries to promote Las Vegas," Miller told a record
1,065 delegates at the annual Nevada Governor's Conference on
Travel and Tourism.
"I can tell you first hand that the demand for Las Vegas hotel
rooms far outweighs the supply.
"Although residents of foreign countries may not know all that
Nevada has to offer," he said, "they know enough about us to be
eager to come, that Las Vegas is the gateway to all of [the state],
from cowboy country to historical mining towns to the waters of
Nevada's hiking, skiing, golf, skydiving and other facilities --
plus gambling -- make Nevada a dynamic and diverse state and Las
Vegas a "unique" city, according to Miller.
"Our challenge is to spread the word about Nevada," he said.
"We must combine marketing creativity with vision and
Miller was speaking to the conference for the last time as
governor; he left office last month after 10 years as the state's