LAS VEGAS -- A strong showing for the meetings and conventions
sector helped Las Vegas post decent year-end numbers for 2001.
Despite the downturn following Sept. 11, officials here reported
a 5.1% increase in convention business for the year.
The number of delegates attending meetings topped 4 million for
the year, and nongaming revenue generated by those delegates rose
12.8%, up more than $4.8 billion, according to the Las Vegas
Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).
Those numbers "attest to the strength of Las Vegas' convention
sector ... especially given the challenges faced by the convention
industry during the last quarter of 2001," according to Rossi
Ralenkotter, vice president of marketing for the LVCVA.
Overall, total visitors for the year topped 35 million -- a 2.3%
decrease from 2000, the LVCVA said.