Las Vegas mayor says the Strip is fully open

Carolyn Goodman discusses the return of tourism post-COVID and the pandemic's long-term economic implications on the city.
4:10 | 06/09/21

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Welcome back to "Gma3." Sin city is back. Beginning last week, Las Vegas returned to full capacity, covid restrictions are a thing of the past. So let's bring in the mayor of the great city of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman. Mayor, thank you for being with us, we can still call it sin city, it seems like it has a negative connotation, and you all embrace it and we call it sin city, and how are things, are we back? We are back and we are fabulous. Thank you, and good afternoon. How are the tourists? Are the tourists coming back? Look, everybody went through it, but you all depend so much on tourism, but are you starting to see, give us an idea of the numbers you're seeing in tourists returning to the city. From the ocean to California, there are so many californians that are coming here but of course, all of our adjoining states, everybody is in some kind of a vehicle, or on a skateboard or a bike, or whatever, they're coming in. Well, that is certainly good to hear. And mayor, I understand you have lived there, in sin city, for more than 50 years, and I know you have seen and witnessed the ups and downs, but what have the last 15 months been like for you and for your city? Very challenging, but we're here, we're back, anyou know, we know that in Las Vegas, anybody in fact, in southern Nevada knows they choose to live here because they want to be part of something dynamic, and so it was really tough, but we've been through tough times, before, so it's just an exciting time for us now that we can touch and be among others who want to have a good time, or do business here, be a convention-goer, whatever. And you're outspoken about not really wanting to shut down, you wanted to stay open, and you wanted to reopen even earlier. I know everyone understands the impact of this pandemic, and just a look back, a little bit now, did we do it, did Vegas do it the right way? Did you go about it the right way? Do you wish it had been opened earlier? Or are you thinking now that you know what, maybe we did go about it the right way and opening earlier wasn't the way to go? Well, of course, covid is still here, in variations, and we as a country need to know that this is part of our history, handling diseases and pandemics, epidemics, we've always handled them, and from the beginning, I was opposed to shutting down. What's happened to children because of schools and colleges and universities shutting, but most importantly, for us, because we know it's up to an individual choice, and we know as a businessperson, we are about safety and health, we always have been, you wouldn't have a city thrive as we do, and the convention business be as strong as it has been if we hadn't already been ready to handle something like this. Mayor, as you say, the tourists are back, and business travel is back there in Vegas, and yet, this is really interesting, business owners there in Las Vegas are saying that they are actually having a hard time filling all of the available jobs that are opening up, because business has come back so strong. Why do you think that is? Well, it's national. It's not just here in Las Vegas. I think it's because the federal government, for those who are out of work and don't have the dollars, made possible that they can pay their rents and get an income, but what has also happened on the downside is they don't want to come back to work yet. It's not only here in Las Vegas, it's national. And so as the funds tend to stop, I think everybody will be back on, and I'm an optimist, you can't live in Las Vegas and be negative. That's a very good point. Madam mayor, it's good to see you, it's good to hear the news about your city, a lot of places are coming back, good to hear, good to see you here, and hope to see you back on "Gma3," but I assure you we will see you on the strip personally very soon, okay? And hopefully it's a Stanley cup. Oh, there it is. Get that in as well. Mayor, thank you so much. Good luck to you all.

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