The number of visitors to Nevada grew nearly one percent last year to an all-time high of 51-point-six (M) million.
Tourists continued to flock to Las Vegas but shied away from
Tourists to Sin City grew three percent to a record 38-point-six
But Washoe County, which includes Reno, Sparks and the north
shore of Lake Tahoe, took an eight-percent hit, falling to
five-point-one (M) million.
Nevada Commission on Tourism spokeswoman Chris Chrystal says the
absence of a women's bowling convention that does not meet every
year impacted Reno tourism.
Meanwhile, the April 2005 opening of Wynn Las Vegas on the Strip
may have boosted numbers in Las Vegas. Convention delegate numbers
also hit a record high.
Visitors to Laughlin decreased four percent to three-point-nine
(M) million and visitors to Mesquite fell nine-point-four percent
to one-point-six (M) million.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says visitor
numbers to those southern Nevada cities dropped as they focused on
attracting higher-paying customers.