- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A live mariachi is scheduled to welcome some of the nearly 6,000 visitors expected to fly from Mexico to Las Vegas for Mexican Independence Day weekend.

McCarran International Airport says 42 commercial flights are coming direct from Mexico on Friday and Saturday. That includes regularly scheduled flights and another 17 flights from cities that don’t usually offer direct service to Las Vegas.

The star-studded holiday weekend includes a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, as well as performances from major Latin artists including Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel and Marc Anthony.

The airport says year-round passenger traffic from Mexico is up 93 percent from where it was four years ago.

Tourism officials seek out international visitors because they stay longer and spend more than domestic travelers.

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