The recovery of Southern Nevada’s tourism industry gained steam in 2022. From visitation totals to spending activity, the key metrics of the industry’s health built through the year and either closed in on or eclipsed the prior highs set in 2019. In all, 2022 was the best-performing year for the industry since the pandemic began, and the stage was set for another year of growth in 2023.

Last year, visitor volume in Southern Nevada continued its positive trajectory of recovery. On the year, 38.8 million people visited the region, a 20.5 percent increase from 2021's 32.2 million. Similar to 2021, visitor volume increased as the year went on. In the last six months of 2022, monthly visitor volume averaged 3.3 million, about 95 percent of 2019's average monthly visitor volume of 3.5 million. The recovery of visitation continued into early 2023, with strong yearover- year growth pushing the trailing 12-month total to 40.4 million in
March 2023, within 5 percent of the 42.5 million visitors in 2019.

Convention attendance has been slower to recover. After setting a record of 6.6 million convention attendees in 2019, convention attendance collapsed as the pandemic effectively halted large in-person gatherings in 2020. The 2021 total reached 2.2 million – a third of the record total, setting the foundation for a year of substantial growth in 2022. Returning events such as CES and MAGIC in 2022 helped bolster convention attendance, which more than doubled over
the previous year to reach 5.0 million. On the year, 9 percent of visitors attended a convention or meeting while visiting, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s annual visitor profile survey. That was more than double the 4 percent in 2021 and on par with the 2019 value. Convention recovery continued into 2023, with strong early month attendance bringing the trailing 12-month total through March 2023 to 5.7 million, about 86 percent of the 2019 total.

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