Sin City is looking a little less rough around the edges.
"The Germans and Australians are spending like crazy," said one cab driver this week.
March figures show that gaming revenue on the Las Vegas Strip rose 13 percent from a year ago.
The average room rate is up a staggering 19 percent, to $111.13, reaching 2005 levels, according to Rossi Ralenkotter, head of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. The only negative has been a drop in the number of cars coming in from Southern California, perhaps because of high gas prices.
Now the city that brought you "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas" is launching a new campaign: "Life is Short, Summer is Shorter."
In this interview, Ralenkotter talks about how important Southern California is to Vegas, but also how important the international traveler is.