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Las Vegas breaks tourism record in 2012

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Las Vegas closed out 2012 with a jump in visitors and a record year in tourism.

In a report released Friday, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said the city welcomed a total of 39,727,022 visitors throughout the last year.

That amounted to a two-percent jump from the previous year's total, as well as an estimated 500,000-visitor increase from the previous record in 2007.

December 2012's total actually surpassed 3 million visitors, which amounted to a nearly 3 percent change from the same month in 2011.

LVCVA attributed the record year to a 13.6-percent increase in conventions and tradeshows and a 1.6 percent rise in convention attendance from the year before.

In addition, Clark County gaming revenue closed out 2012 nearly 2 percent up from 2011. Nearly $9.4 billion were generated from southern Nevada gaming.

Passenger traffic at McCarran Airport held steady year-to-year, going up only four-tenths of a percent. More than 41.6 million passengers flew in and out of the international airport in 2012.

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