Vegas Visitors Up, Gambling Down

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Officials say slightly more visitors came to Las Vegas in August compared with last year, even though gambling revenue in the region dipped.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says Wednesday that more than 3.3 million visitors came to Las Vegas in August. That's 1.5 percent up from the same month last year.

There were slightly more guest rooms available this August, while citywide occupancy rates stayed virtually flat at 84 percent.

Average hotel rates were up 5.1 percent to $102 a night.

Clark County gambling revenues of $727 million were down year-over-year, with a 1.2 percent drop on the Las Vegas Strip and a 17.7 percent decline on the Boulder Strip.

Southern Nevada tourism is up 1.8 percent so far this year.