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In wake of shooting, Las Vegas tourism drops, hotel rooms empty

115,114 fewer tourists visited Las Vegas in October 2017 vs. October 2016. Numbers out today are the first measurable result following the Las Vegas shooting. (Craig Fiegener | KSNV)

Las Vegas tourism took a notable hit after the Route 91 concert shooting.

The number of tourists in October 2017 dropped by 115,114 people when compared to October 2016, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

LVCVA attributed the decline to cancellations by leisure tourists who often travel to Las Vegas by car.

The LVCVA report also provides the first official glimpse into the economic impact of the shooting.

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In October, Strip hotels had 171,285 unpaid room nights, a decline of four percent from October 2016.

The average room rate in October was $152, suggesting a loss of $26,076,428.40 in hotel revenue.

While tourism was down, convention business was up, according to LVCVA.

Convention attendance totaled 687,209 people, an increase of 35.9 percent, over October 2016.

The LVCVA issued the following statement:

"Las Vegas faced an incredible tragedy at the beginning of October, and we continue to do all we can to support those impacted. As a result of the tragedy, the destination experienced a small downturn in visitation for the month, attributed mostly to cancellations by leisure visitors following the incident. The meeting and convention industry, however, showed strong growth and no major shows canceled during the month. As we continue to recover, we look forward to welcoming all visitors and providing the same great experience they expect from Las Vegas."

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