Friday, 15 May, 2009 Offbeat
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World's Largest Bikini Parade Took Place in Las Vegas

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Recently Las Vegas became the place where people could witness the largest bikini parade in the world, which took place with the goal of bringing back the continuously decreasing number of visitors.

The parade also marked the 50th anniversary of the famous "Welcome to Vegas" neon sign. There were exactly 281 women dressed in bikini walking down the Las Vegas Strip, though it was earlier planned that the number of participants will hit 300. Before the parade, all of the participants were asked to send a picture with information on their hip, waist and bust sizes.

The parade continued with a swimwear show, hosted by Holy Madison. The swimwear retrospective included a catwalk show of bathing suits from the 1950s to the present day.

It is worth mentioning that because of the economic recession, the number of visitors dramatically decreased in Las Vegas in recent months.

Nevada regulators state that in 2008 the number of visitors went down by 10 percent and during the first three months of 2009 casinos earned 17 percent less in contrast to the same period last year.

Therefore the city tries to focus visitor's attention on the fact that it is not only a place for glamour and gambling. It started promoting the idea that visitors can try a lot more, from gastronomy, spas, golf and culture to now pool parties.

"Las Vegas has an incredibly unique and vibrant pool culture that is unlike any other in the world," said Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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