Monday, February 17, 2014

Las Vegas: Visitor Traffic declines slightly in 2013, Convention Attendance still 18% below Pre-Recession Peak

by Calculated Risk on 2/17/2014 05:44:00 PM

Just an update ... during the recession, I wrote about the troubles in Las Vegas and included a chart of visitor and convention attendance: Lost Vegas.

Since then Las Vegas visitor traffic recovered to a new record high in 2012.  However visitor traffic was down slightly in 2013.

Convention attendance is still about 18% below the peak level in 2006.  Here is the data from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.  

Las Vegas Click on graph for larger image.

The blue bars are annual visitor traffic (left scale), and the red line is convention attendance (right scale). 

There were 39,668,221 visitors to Las Vegas in 2013, just below the record 39,727,022 visitors  in 2012.  The pre-recession high was 39,196,761 in 2007.

Convention attendance was at 5,107,416 in 2013, still well below the record of 6,307,961 in 2006.

In general, the gamblers are back ... but the conventions are still lagging behind.