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A downward trend in the number of visitors to Las Vegas showed signs of easing in July.
The number of visitors to Las Vegas in July dropped 1.3 percent compared to July 2008, according to numbers released today by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. That's the smallest year-over-year decline in 2009.
The LVCVA said 3,181,139 people visited the city in July, which is down from 3,222,456 a year earlier. Hotel occupancy dropped 3 percent during that time, from 87.2 percent to 84.2 percent.
The average daily room rate tumbled 18.6 percent, from $105.97 in July 2008 to $85.23 this past July, the LVCVA reported. Total occupied room nights held steady at more than 3.6 million, which is a drop of only 0.2 percent compared to last year.
The number of meetings in Las Vegas was nearly identical, at 1,317 last year and 1,316 this year in July. The number of people attending those meetings was down 5.5 percent.
Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport was down 9.3 percent, but vehicle traffic on Interstate 15 at the Nevada/California line was up 8 percent.
Visitor volume to Laughlin dropped 2.3 percent from July 2008 to July 2009, although the number of visitors plunged 28 percent in Mesquite.