Visitor volume shows slight rebound

Numbers still far off compared to same time last year

Mitch Kelly
October 01, 2020 - 5:25 am
A sign at an entrance of the New York-New York Hotel & Casino displays a welcome message as people wearing masks walk on a pedestrian bridge amid the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on July 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - The Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority released their August visitation numbers on Wednesday and while the numbers were still way off what we saw in 2019, they show a steady improvement since casinos were allowed to reopen in early June.

The LVCVA says just over 1.5 million people visited Southern Nevada in August, and while that’s 57 percent less than in August 2020, it’s a 7 percent improvement from July.

People coming in from nearby states continue to drive the visitation numbers, as air traffic has been slow to recover. That's particularly true for international travel. McCarran Airport says that international travel in August was off over 95 percent from August of 2019.