New Year's Countdown Brings Crowds To Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas is opening its doors and its cash registers tonight, with more than 300,000 people expected to celebrate the start of the New Year.

City boosters have dubbed this year's party "The Best is Yet to Come."

That's a play on Las Vegas' current $44 billion casino building boom -- and a hope for 2008.

Tourism officials expect only a slight increase in visitors this year for the $500,000 Las Vegas Strip fireworks display.

That's partly because none of the under-construction casino-hotels have yet added to the city's capacity.

For the young, hip and star-struck, door charges at Strip nightclubs can reach $250.

At restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, reservations for an eight-course feast and wine pairing cost $800 per person.

Downtown visitors will find a more accessible affair.

A $60 ticket at the Fremont Street Experience gets a party with the Doobie Brothers and the Bangles.

The National Weather Service is forecasting cold and mostly clear skies for the midnight fireworks display.


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