As Las Vegas heals, has our economy been wounded, too?

Local officials and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority give an update regarding the Family Assistance Center. (Jeff Gillan | KSNV)

On the site of the old Riviera, in the shadow of the Strip, the head of our convention authority had a message.

“There's going to be a time when we go back to promoting Las Vegas as the greatest destination in the world, but that's not now,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, the President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Ralenkotter joined other local officials Thursday morning offering an update regarding the family assistance center, which opened at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the wake of the shooting.

In the days that follow, the Convention and Visitors Authority, and resorts up and down the Strip ... will watch carefully to see if Sunday’s massacre did both short and long-term damage to our economic viability, scaring away tourists and conventioneers.

We'll get our first real glimpse at the end of November when the LVCVA will release its October visitation numbers.

We reached out to several resorts.

We heard from Caesars, which said no conventions have canceled and there were no room cancellations out of the ordinary.

It's no small matter.

In 2016, tourism pumped more than $35 billion into our economy, employing one out of every four Las Vegans.

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Conventions pumped in more than $12 billion.

Of course, in Las Vegas, the show always goes on.

On this Thursday, we visited G2E, the big, big Global Gaming Expo, which has 26,000 people here this week. This is one of 11 conventions this week in Las Vegas.

The LVCVA says there have been no short-term convention cancellations.

And ... since conventions book years in advance, it's too soon to tell if there's a long-term impact.

On the floor of G2E, they doubt there will be.

“You can't live scared, first off, so, and I think coming here is not going to change for me in any way,” says Sam Osman, the Founder and CEO of a company called SocialVenu, which helps companies engage with their customers.

The sad fact is extreme violence is now global, and Sunday, we joined the club.

“Obviously, it happened in Las Vegas. It could have been LA, Lansing, Little Rock, anywhere,” says County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.

In Orlando, our convention competitor, tourism actually increased in 2016 ... the same year of the massacre at Pulse.

At our other competitor, Chicago, reports say the Las Vegas gunman, Stephen Paddock, had booked a room there, too, potentially scouting out other targets.

No place is safe.

Back at G2E, many of the exhibitors are local. I walked over to the big exhibit by the gaming manufacturer Konami, which makes slot and video games.

“Customers have come by and have actually said, 'how can we help,'” says Konami’s Steve Walther.

For Las Vegas, the answer is simple: come back.

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