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by Michael J. Shapiro | February 15, 2012

Las Vegas drew 38.9 million visitors in 2011, according to figures released last week by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the second-highest number in the city's recorded history. The total, which exceeded 2010 visitation numbers by 4.3 percent, was in part driven by convention business recovery: The city hosted 5.7 percent more events in 2011 than the previous year and welcomed 8.8 percent more business travelers. Las Vegas maintained an 84 percent occupancy rate for 2011 for its 150,000-room inventory. "Las Vegas tourism is in a steady recovery, and we believe the trend will continue in 2012," noted LVCVA president and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter. "We project 40 million visitors this year." The record came in 2007, when 39.2 million people visited the city.