updated 9/11/2009 7:59:43 PM ET 2009-09-11T23:59:43

Tourism officials say fewer visitors came to Las Vegas in July and spent less on hotel rooms than in the same month last year.

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said Thursday that visitor volume for southern Nevada fell 1.3 percent to 3.18 million for July. That's the 14th straight monthly decline compared with the same frame the prior year.

Visitation is down 6 percent for the year, with 21.4 million visitors for the first seven months of the year.

Average nightly room rates for the first seven months were $93.81, down 25.8 percent compared with last year, when rates averaged $126.51. Rooms cost an average $86.23 in July.

Daily traffic, however, was up 6.4 percent on southern Nevada's major highways and up 8 percent at the California border in July.

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