Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 | 1:52 p.m.
Las Vegas visitor volume in October increased by 5.7 percent compared to a year earlier, according to numbers released today by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
The number of visitors to Las Vegas increased to 3.33 million in October from about 3.15 million in October 2009. The LVCVA also noted year-to-date visitation totaled 31.5 million, a 2.8 increase from the same time period in 2009.
Citywide hotel occupancy increased from 82.6 percent in October 2009 to 84.9 percent in October 2010 despite an increase of 6,500 rooms in the past year. Citywide weekend occupancy was at 91.5 percent, the LVCVA said.
The average daily room rate increased 2.6 percent, from $99.59 last October to $102.19 in October 2010.
Convention attendance was up 20 percent in the past year, to 419,076 people in October.
Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport was up 2 percent, while vehicle traffic on Interstate 15 at the Nevada/California state line was up 8 percent.
Visitor volume to Laughlin was up 3.6 percent over a year ago, while it declined 3.1 percent in Mesquite.