Why is Vegas exporting ice?
(and mosquitoes to Minnesota, lobsters to Maine, kudzu to Atlanta and saguaros to the Phoenix area)
Wed, Jun 22, 2011 (4:50 p.m.)
New Zealand newspaper Otago Daily Times reported this month that 33 tons of ice will be imported from Las Vegas to Queenstown for an ice bar slated to open next month.
According to the story, suppliers tried to make the ice in New Zealand, but aftershocks from the recent earthquake disrupted the process. We were unable to confirm that the ice is indeed being exported, but in looking into this, we discovered that the exportation of goods not largely endemic to Southern Nevada is not uncommon. It turns out Las Vegas has cornered the market on other unusual exports as well, including mosquitoes to Minnesota, lobsters to Maine, kudzu to Atlanta and saguaros to the Phoenix area.