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Las Vegas visitation dips 10%

Jan 13, 2009 5:10 PM
Staff & Wire Reports |

While casino revenues in Las Vegas slipped about 16 percent in November, the number of visitors to the gaming Mecca declined nearly 10 percent compared to November 2007, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

About 2.8 million people came to Las Vegas in November, down from the 3.1 million who flocked here a year earlier.

In addition to a drop-off in casino action, hotels felt the sting of fewer customers. Hotel occupancy slid from about 87 percent a year ago to 79 percent, while the average daily room rate slipped from $118.45 to $108.80.

Convention attendance in the city was about 503,000 in November, a 16 percent decrease from the 602,000 conventioneers in November 2007.

For the first 11 months of 2008, about 34.7 million people visited Las Vegas, a 4 percent drop-off from the 36.1 million who came here during the same time period in 2007.