Las Vegas tourism numbers for '13 closely parallel those from last year

Las Vegas tourism in 2013 is closely mirroring 2012’s numbers.

Through July, Las Vegas visitation is down 0.2 percent year-over-year to 23.33 million people, from 23.37 million in 2012. July visitation was up 0.8 percent in the monthly comparisons to 3.47 million visitors, compared to 3.44 million in July 2012, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported Friday.

Citywide occupancy is up 0.2 points year-over-year to 85.5 percent from 85.2 percent. Month-over-month, citywide occupancy is up to 87.3 percent from 87.2 percent.

Hotel occupancy in July was 90.6 percent, up 0.2 percentage points from July 2012’s 90.4 percent. July’s motel occupancy was 58.1 percent this year, compared with last year’s 59 percent.

Total weekend occupancy was 95 percent compared with July 2012’s 93.9 percent, and weekday stays were down 0.7 points month-over-month, to 84.2 percent from last year’s 84.9 percent.

Room prices still are on the rise, with July’s average daily room rate of $100.74, up from July 2012’s $97.12. Year-to-date, the average daily room rate is $111.48, up from last year’s $108.13. The largest growth is coming from downtown, where the average daily rate grew 14.4 percent to $64.84 compared to last July.

July’s convention attendance is up 14.1 percent, to 292,024 people, compared with July 2012’s attendance of 255,961. Year-over-year, convention attendance is up 4.8 percent, to 3.18 million people, from 3.04 million in the prior year.

The number of conventions and meetings held in July is up 13.3 percent, to 1,491 events, from 1,316 in July 2012. Year-to-date, the number of conventions and meetings held is up 8.3 percent, to 13,495 from 12,456. The convention authority is citing show rotation as the reason for the upticks, with the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings and the American Sportfishing Association rotating back in this year with 11,250 and 9,200 attendees, respectively. The World Pet Association, with 12,000 attendees, also was held in September last year.

Vehicle traffic counts for July were not available.

Elsewhere in Clark County, the number of Laughlin visitors was down 3.6 percent in July, while Mesquite visitation was down 1.2 percent in the month-over-month comparisons. Year-to-date, Laughlin’s visitor count was down 2.2 percent, to 1.25 million from 2012’s 1.28 million total. Mesquite’s was down 2.4 percent, to 619,292 from 634,242 in 2012.

Contact reporter Laura Carroll at lcarroll@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4588. Follow @lscvegas on Twitter.