Las Vegas Visitation Mostly Down, Rates Up in January

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The latest numbers are out from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and it’s another mixed bag for tourism indicators in January.

Most visitation measures were down. Visitor volume was down 3.3% and convention attendance fell 16.7% compared to January 2017. LVCVA attributed most of this to shifts in the CES schedule and the movement of shows from January to February. Citywide occupancy was down 1.9% with some rooms still unavailable due to renovations. Room nights occupied were also down.

However, both airplane and auto traffic rose compared to a year ago, with a 4.4% increase on I-15. Also, an extremely strong 9.1% increase in the average daily rate increased the revenue per available room, or RevPAR. As we covered in detail on our blog, an 8.9% drop on the Strip drove gaming revenues down across the county.