Vegas meetings a hit in 2001

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.

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