• Las Vegas unveils plans for downtown zipline


    Soon, visitors to Las Vegas will have a unique way to enjoy the sounds and sights of the Strip - by zipline, reports The Associated Press.

    Known as "Slotzilla," the new thrill ride offers visitors the chance to speed down a zipline from an 11-story slot machine for five blocks. As they sail through the air, travelers will pass some of the city's oldest casinos, including the Golden Gate and the Four Queens.

    Construction of the attraction is scheduled to commence in January, and the ride will open to the public in June. Officials estimate that Slotzilla will cost approximately $11 million to build, and rides are expected to cost between $20 and $30 per person.

    Tourism officials in Las Vegas hope that Slotzilla will further add to the city's appeal with visitors.

    "If you're going to do something here, you have to do it bigger and better than anywhere else," Thomas Bruney, marketing director of Fremont Street Experience, told the news source.

    According to Vegas Inc, city officials hope to exceed targets of 40 million visitors by the end of the year. Occupancy rates and the average nightly fee for hotels throughout the city increased slightly during the first nine months of 2012, rising 1.1 and 1 percent respectively.

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