Local News

Actions

38.8 million people visited Las Vegas in 2022, inching closer to pre-pandemic levels

Las Vegas Strip
Posted at 8:51 PM, Jan 31, 2023

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The numbers are in, and they show we are inching back to pre-pandemic tourism levels in Las Vegas.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 38.8 million people visited Las Vegas in 2022. That's a few million people short of pre-pandemic numbers — but 21% up from 2021's visitors.

There are a few reasons why, says Jeremy Aguero, principal financial analyst at Applied Analysis.

"One is going to be convention-related travel is still taking a little time to come back. We knew that was going to be a little sluggish," Aguero said. "The other part is international travel is taking a little time."

In 2022, Las Vegas hosted the NFL Pro Bowl, the NFL Draft, and other major events that Aguero says are helping to boost our economy.

"Prior to COVID-19, we saw that things like sports and entertainment were the seventh-highest in motivation for somebody to get in a car or get on a plane and come to Las Vegas," Aguero said. "Today, that number is two — it is the second-most noted motivation for someone coming."

Convention numbers are also up from 2021, with 5 million people traveling to Las Vegas for conventions in 2022. But they're still short 1.6 million from pre-pandemic levels.

"What this reflects to us is we still have room for continued growth," Aguero said.