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Uber just got permission to operate in this huge tourist destination

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The fountains at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas where the SALT conference, the annual hedge fund industry confab is being held.Photograph by George Rose—Getty Images

On Monday, the Nevada Transportation Authority gave ride-hailing apps permission to operate in the state, Bloomberg reported. On Tuesday, Uber and Lyft began operating.

Uber expanded its service into Las Vegas in October 2014. About a month later, a judge ruled that the company was prohibited from operating in Nevada, so Uber immediately stopped operations. Nevada wasn’t the only place to ban Uber last year, and the company even faced hurdles earlier this summer in the Hamptons.

Following Monday’s court ruling, Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, wanted the ride-hailing apps to wait until they were issued business licenses by the county. Neither of the companies seemed to care, as Uber began operations at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, and Lyft began operations an hour later.

Uber is currently offering UberX in Las Vegas, and it will soon offer UberXL, which sends an SUV. The company has expanded its service to Reno as well.

Las Vegas gets over 3.5 million visitors each month.