he 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 % during that time, from 87.2 % to 84.2 %.
The average daily room rate tumbled 18.6 %, from us$ 105.97 in July 2008 to us$ 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 % 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 %. Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport was down 9.3 %, but vehicle traffic on Interstate 15 at the Nevada/California line was up 8 %.
Visitor volume to Laughlin dropped 2.3 % from July 2008 to July 2009, although the number of visitors plunged 28 % in Mesquite.