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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reports 2.86 million people visited the city in May, an 8.5 percent increase over the same month a year earlier, and that visitor volume has been climbing since last September. Why the surge? The authority attributes it to openings of new resorts such as the Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Venetian and the Resort at Summerlin.

The opening this month of the Paris-Las Vegas hotel-casino, with nearly 3,000 rooms and its own 50-story Eiffel Tower, is expected to further fuel interest in the resort city. Undiscounted rooms at the newest resort go for $139 to $239 per night. Information: (800) 521-8314; Web site,

Meanwhile, Las Vegas' public works department is finishing design work on Frank Sinatra Drive, a frontage road along Interstate 15 that officials hope will be completed in 2000.

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