Las Vegas tourism officials plan to spend $650,000 revamping an ad campaign to depict the city as an inexpensive and safe haven for tourists.

The ad changes are being made to adjust to the recession and the gulf war, and are designed to help offset a 6.5 percent drop in tourism this year.Visitor volume in Las Vegas had been increasing 8 percent to 10 percent annually until the downturn last month. Hundreds of hotel and casino employees have been laid off as a result of the decrease.