by Michael J. Shapiro | November 21, 2011

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has released third-quarter numbers, indicating the city's recovery is well under way. The average daily room rate has grown for 19 consecutive months, as has visitor volume. For third quarter 2011, the rate grew by 10.7 percent year-over-year. Convention attendance jumped by 9.9 percent. "After a year and a half of steady growth, we can say with confidence the tourism industry in Las Vegas is in recovery," said Tom Collins, Clark County commissioner and chairman of the board of directors for the LVCVA. "We expect the growth we have seen to continue in 2012." Beginning in the first quarter of the coming year, the authority will begin $5 million in "aesthetic and functional" renovations to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Other LVCVA initiatives include placing a greater focus on international markets, particularly Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Brazil.