A portion of the High Roller observation wheel appears in this undated file photo. (File/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
The LINQ's new observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip has people spinning and spending.
Business was brisk during the attraction's first weekend, and it's giving neighboring businesses a boost.
"It's very busy. There's a lot of new shops. It brings a lot of tourists, so that's good for us," said Las Vegan Greg Villanueva.
Business is booming for restaurants, retail stores, bars and a bowling alley.
"We've only officially been open for a week, so we're brand new. We're babies on the block," said Andeen Rose, managing partner of The Style Lounge, a salon.
The Style Lounge even attracted celebrities during its debut weekend.
"The ACMs [Academy of Country Music Awards] was crazy. We actually had the country band Parmalee in here on Saturday. It was so much fun. We were slammed over the weekend," Rose said.
Rose credited the High Roller for much of the foot traffic. Sitting at the back of The LINQ, the wheel is 550 feet high.
"The new wheel is the largest in the world right now. So I think me and my friends are going to ride that tonight, actually. I think the LINQ is a great addition to the Strip," said visitor Colan Dwyer.
"Oh, I think it's going to be a huge success. I mean, the High Roller is already open for business. At the LINQ, every day something else is happening. The lineup that Caesars has with the entertainment, I think it's going to be extremely advantageous to us," Rose said.
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