Biz travel up, overall visits down, latest stats show

LAS VEGAS -- Although the latest statistics for visitors to this city show an overall decrease, the number of conventioneers is up.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's April statistics reveal that 473,925 travelers attended conventions in Las Vegas, up 14% from April of last year.

While more conventioneers may be flooding the terminals of McCarran Airport, the same can't be said for leisure travelers.

Continuing a trend that began after Sept. 11, Las Vegas is attracting more drive-in visitors and fewer airline passengers, according to the LVCVA.

Average daily auto traffic for all major highways in Las Vegas was 80,089 vehicles in April 2002, a 7.3% increase from April 2001, when the average was 74,667 cars.

Meanwhile, the number of passengers arriving at McCarran in April was down 6.5% from last year -- from 3.17 million to 2.96 million.

In order to stimulate more air travel to Las Vegas, the LVCVA launched a $15 million national advertising campaign.

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