Safety concerns of international shoppers in Las Vegas

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This study seeks to assess international tourists' perception of safety while shopping in the USA, using Las Vegas as the study site. Over recent years, Las Vegas became an international destination for visitors from the AsiaPacific region to celebrate Chinese New Year. In February 2007, Las Vegas hosted the NBA AllStar Game for the first time from February 16 to 18. The two major events occurred over the same weekend. When two cultures shared a single site, however, the combination presented an issue of safety concern. Data were collected using an intercept methodology over the threeday period in a major shopping venue/casino from February 15 to 17, 2007. The study finds that many of the tourists carried a large amount of cash on their person. As the week progressed, Asian visitors were less likely to feel their person and belongings were safe in the three major venues researched of restaurants, shopping centers, and amusement parks. Few papers have addressed the safety concerns of international tourists in the USA, specifically in Las Vegas. Findings of this study contribute to the safety and security management of various tourist venues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-249
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 3 2012


  • International visitors
  • Las Vegas
  • Perception
  • Safety and security
  • Shopping centres
  • Shopping malls
  • United States of America


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