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Las Vegas visitors extend their stays as Hurricane Sandy hits

Las Vegas visitors extend their stays as Hurricane Sandy hits

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Oct 29, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Many tourists from the East Coast are extending their stays in Las Vegas as Hurricane Sandy hits.

"As of 3 p.m. Monday, our Strip resorts had received a few dozen requests from our hotel guests to extend their stays in Vegas through Wednesday," Yvette Monet with MGM Resorts said.

While some visitors are staying in Las Vegas as a precaution, some have no choice.

Thirty flights were canceled and many more were delayed at McCarran International Airport on Monday.

Rather than camp out at the airport, many tourists headed back to the Strip. Airport officials say that's because the airport and the Strip are so close together.

Properties in Las Vegas, both on the Strip and off, are working with guests to accommodate changes to their travel plans.

"We're being flexible with reservations if people need to extend with Station Casinos or if they need to cancel their reservations with Station Casinos, we're being more than flexible to make sure the accommodations are made," Vice President of Operations John Anderson said.

Caesars Entertainment is also making things easy on guests. The Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino is offering a flat rate of $59 for travelers needing to stay because of storm delays.

"We're here until Saturday, so hopefully it passes through by Saturday," one tourist from the East Coast said. "If not, I guess we'll spend some more time in Vegas. The best place to be stuck at, I guess."