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Vegas tourism slightly down to start 2013

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Coming off a record-breaking 2012 in visitor volume, Las Vegas saw a slight slowdown to start 2013.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, January welcomed a total of 3,132,122 visitors to the southern Nevada metropolis.

The total that month was actually about 22,000 tourists less than the same month in 2012, which equated to a seven-tenths (0.7) of a percent dip.

LVCVA said January 2013 had one fewer weekend day than the previous January.

In addition, LVCVA reported small drops in room inventory and occupancy.

Convention attendance, though, grew thanks to that month's National Association of House Builders show, the tourism bureau said.

The visitor numbers came on the same day Nevada reported a 12.5 percent decrease in January 2013's gaming revenue.

In Clark County, gaming revenue took a 13.3 percent hit from the revenue reported in January 2012.

Las Vegas Strip casinos took in nearly 19 percent less than the previous January's take, LVCVA said.

As previously reported, McCarran Airport serviced a total of 3,124,987 passengers, which equated to a 1.6 percent dip from the previous January.

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