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Las Vegas visitation in July strongest since onset of pandemic

Tourists Return to Vegas

Steve Marcus

Tourists ride escalators to Planet Hollywood and the Miracle Mile Shops on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Updated Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 | 2:32 p.m.

July was the strongest month for visitation to Las Vegas since the start of the coronavirus pandemic over a year ago, according to statistics released by tourism officials today.

In its monthly report — which covers the Las Vegas Valley, Laughlin and Mesquite — the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported that 3.3 million people visited Southern Nevada last month.

That represents an 11% increase from June, though the figure was still 10% below the visitation figure from July 2019.

"July was a big month for Las Vegas’ tourism industry and our community’s overall economic recovery,” Virginia Valentine, president of the Nevada Resort Association, said in a statement. “We continue to be encouraged by the visitation trends and are eager for large trade shows and conventions to return, along with international visitors."

Hotel occupancy also rose in July, coming in at just under 80%, up about 4% from June. When compared to July 2019, hotel occupancy is still off by about 12%, according to the report.

The average daily hotel room rate for July was $127.90, a month-over-month increase of 19% from June and a 6% increase from July 2019.

For the first seven months of 2021, Las Vegas has welcomed about 16.8 million visitors.

Las Vegas recorded 19 million visitors last year and 42 million during the pre-pandemic year of 2019, according to the authority.