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Life is Beautiful, PBR and more boosting local economy

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Thousands of fans are in Las Vegas for the PBR World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center. (FOX5) Thousands of fans are in Las Vegas for the PBR World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The Las Vegas economy is prepping for a big economic boost this weekend.

Visitors in town for events like the Life is Beautiful Music Festival, Halloween parties, the World Professional Bull Riding Championships, and much more are expected to spend big.

More than 60,000 people are expected to walk through the gates at downtown's Life is Beautiful Festival. Thousands more will be paying for taxis, parking, souvenirs, food and drinks.

Just around the corner from the festival entrance, businesses like Uncle Joe's Pizza are prepping to make a lot of extra dough. The owner, Bushi Gindi, is convinced it will be his most profitable weekend since he opened his doors 18 years ago.

"If it's going to be triple the business, I'll make triple the money," said Gindi, "This is huge. It's way bigger than any event. I would say it's bigger than New Years Eve, which is my biggest day of the year."

Months ago, Gindi says he received an email from Life is Beautiful organizers, warning him to get ready for the huge demand headed his way. That's why he's making six batches of pizza dough for Saturday, and another six batches on Sunday. On an average day, he says, he only needs two batches.

As pizza joints fill stomachs, cowboys and bull riders fill hotel rooms at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa.

The Professional Bull Riders World Finals are at the Thomas and Mack Center, but the bulls and some of the competitors are staying at the South Point attending additional events and spreading the business around the Valley.

"We've been sold out for a month. It's one thing to sell out on a weekend. But to be sold out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday in the middle of October, it's a great benefit to us," said South Point General Manager Ryan Growney.

Growney says the casino, spa, and restaurants are expected to be at least 20 percent busier thanks to the boost.

This weekend, the 13th Annual National Hot Rod Association Toyota Nationals event is also taking place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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