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The State of the Wedding Industry
The State of the Wedding Industry

AIR DATE: August 10, 2011

The wedding industry in Las Vegas has been on a decline since its peak in 2004 when 128,250 people were married in Clark County. The notion of coming to Las Vegas for a quickie wedding at a drive-through chapel has lost its luster. Industry insiders say it could be because of the slumping economy and others say those in the wedding business haven't given people a good enough reason to want to come to Las Vegas and get married. Now, chapels are trying to convince couples to come to Las Vegas and renew their vows as a way to boost business. We talk with a panel of wedding business experts about the state of the industry in Las Vegas.
Cliff Evarts, CEO and Founder, Vegas Weddings
Joni Moss, VP, Nevada Wedding Association
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    I was offended you sanitized Nye County Treasures comments concerning the Latino construction workers in Pahrump. The issue was not about these people being legal or illegal immigrants. Matson's comments were purely racist and inflammatory comments about hard working individuals. Matson further stated that her comments were based on prior experience with these dirty, filthy, criminals. However, each example she sited could not be substantiated by any of the prior police reports she claims to have filed. Matson also claimed that these Latino individuals were terrorizing everybody that came into her office. Again, this was a claim she could not substantiate. The issue was also raised about Matson having a right to free speech. She does have the right to express her opinion. But, that right does not extend to using her public office to express her personal beliefs.
    Scott CulshawAug 9, 2011 10:05:49 AM
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