More people are staying overnight in Atlantic City as a result of conventions, meetings and public shows held in the resort, new data released by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority show.

Room nights booked as a result of the business and convention meetings at both the Atlantic City Convention Center and hotels throughout the city are up 15 percent year to date over the previous year, according to statistics released Monday.

May was an especially strong month for the city. The hotel sector hosted 11 shows compared to 14 last May. Still, those 11 shows generated 9,882 room nights, an 85 percent increase over last May.

“These convention statistics continue to show the draw Atlantic city has for convention delegates and public show attendees,” said ACCVA President Jeff Vasser.