As the concert venue across the Las Vegas Boulevard Strip from Mandalay Bay remains a crime scene, the city that annually welcomes nearly 43 million visitors from around the world (and supports more than 400,000 tourism-related jobs) is stunned but regrouping.
MGM Resorts, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino and other Las Vegas resorts, has just issued a statement following the tragedy. In its entirety, it reads:
Dear Friends of MGM Resorts,
Our hearts are broken and the words are hard to find. We have always known that the Las Vegas community had strength beyond measure, which has been proven once again.
We are deeply grateful to the brave men and women of Metro, our community’s outstanding medical personnel and all of the first responders who ran into harm’s way to save countless lives. To the heroes at Mandalay Bay and the employees throughout MGM Resorts who acted with courage and kindness. To the Las Vegas hospitality community who reacted immediately with an overwhelming outpouring of support and assistance.
We know Las Vegas will move forward together as a strong and united community. You have been an important part of that community and our family and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Together, we are #VegasStrong.
Earlier, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released a video, narrated by Andre Agassi, aimed at healing:
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