Millions of Americans, too scared to fly, stayed home. For a town where the majority of visitors arrive by plane, the effect was devastating: Conventions were canceled. Hotels and casinos were half-empty. And a city that had spent most of the previous decade enjoying a reputation as a perpetual boomtown saw construction come to a standstill, as projects were put on hold or delayed indefinitely.
But just like the casino owners who know the odds are always in their favor, many developers were betting on a comeback. It appears they were right: One year later, Las Vegas has largely recovered. Tourism officials report hotel occupancy and convention bookings have returned to near-normal levels.