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The number of visitors to Las Vegas dropped 5.8 percent in May compared to a year earlier, according to numbers released today.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported the city had 3,199,719 visitors in May, down from 3,395,991 visitors in May 2008. Hotel occupancy dropped from 89.7 percent to 84.4 percent.
Nightly room rates have plummeted over the past year, dropping from $135.17 in May 2008 to $96.96 a year later, the LVCVA reported.
The number of conventions and meetings in town fell more than 25 percent, while convention attendance dropped about 33 percent.
The number of passengers boarding and departing at McCarran International Airport was off 11.5 percent, while auto traffic at the Nevada/California line on Interstate 15 was up 4.4 percent.
Visitor volume was down 7.6 percent in Laughlin and 31 percent in Mesquite.