Las Vegas has been hit harder by the economic recession than almost any other city in the United States. Unemployment and home foreclosure rates are among the highest in the nation.
The city's flamboyant mayor, Oscar Goodman, says Las Vegas remains "the entertainment capital of the world," a great place to spend your money and have a good time.
Is this realistic given the state of the economy and a dwindling water supply which could hamper the city's future growth?
You can watch the full interview on Wednesday 6th October on BBC World News at 0330, 0830, 1530, and 2030 GMT and in the UK on BBC News Channel at 0230, 0430 and 2330 BST.