Las Vegas is on track for a rapid recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new 2021 visitation data released Thursday by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).
The city welcomed more than 32 million visitors last year, a significant increase from 19 million visitors in 2020 and a drop of just 24% from 2019’s pre-pandemic record of 42 million visitors.
LVCVA also said overall hotel occupancy was approaching 67% for 2021 and weekend visits averaged 81% for the year. Meanwhile, midweek occupancy hit 60%, helped by about 2.2 million convention attendees in town for in-person trade shows, which returned to Las Vegas last June.
The city has been North America’s top trade show destination for nearly three consecutive decades, according to the Trade Show News Network (TSNN), and since June, the Las Vegas Convention Center has hosted more than 50 trade shows and events attracting more than 700,000 attendees. .
The city shows no signs of slowing down in 2022 either, with the LVCVA board recently approving investments of around $27 million to hold special events in Las Vegas through June 2022.