Las Vegas beats Orlando, Fla., as summer destination

Las Vegas beat out Orlando for the top spot in WalletHub’s list of Best &Worst Cities for Summer Travel.

Las Vegas ranked first for the cost of a three-star hotel, second for popularity and number of attractions, the personal finance website reported. Local costs ranked No. 31 and the summer weather ranked No. 15. (It’s a dry heat.)

To help vacationers find the perfect and budget-friendly domestic destinations for their summer getaways, WalletHub analyzed the 80 largest metropolitan statistical areas across 13 key metrics including airfare costs, flight times and the number of attractions.

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And they’re moving here, too

U-Haul ranked Las Vegas number three on its list of Top 10 U.S. Destination Cities for 2014.

The moving equipment rental company attributed signs of a housing recovery and positive outlook on the local economy for Las Vegas earning the third spot.

This is the second consecutive year and fourth time in the last five years Las Vegas has ranked third. It ranked fourth in 2012.

Attractions, events and weather are among the reasons people move to Las Vegas, U-Haul said.

venture fund targets drones

Two of the unmanned flight sector’s leading commercial players have launched venture capital funds aimed at advancing the drone industry.

DJI, the world’s largest builder of drones, launched a $10 million investment fund with Accel Partners, of Palo Alto, Calif. The investment vehicle, called SkyFund, will support hardware and software entrepreneurs who are building applications based on DJI infrastructure. The company will also help with resources such as marketing expertise and technical support.

On the same day SkyFund was introduced, San Francisco-based Airware announced its Commercial Drone Fund, which will make investments of $250,000 to $1 million in early-stage drone firms.

The fund will focus on firms working in sensor hardware, software applications, cloud-based aerial data analysis tools, drone-based services, and complete solutions for specific industries.

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