Tourism officials say we welcomed more than 37 million visitors in 2010, 2.7 percent more than in 2009 despite fewer conventions and meetings.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says that nearly 3 million visitors came to the city in December. That’s up 3 percent compared with the same month in 2009. For the year, hotel occupancy was down 1.1 percent to just over 80 percent. Rates were up 2 percent to an average of nearly $95 per night.

The tourism agency says the city had 7.2 percent fewer meetings in 2010 than in 2009. The numbers do not include gambling spending because state gambling regulators have not released those figures yet. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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