Mesquite visitor numbers decline in May

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Even though Mesquite’s visitor volume increased in May, all other categories in the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) report for the city showed slight declines for the first time this year.

The LVCVA reported that the number of visitors in Mesquite increased 3.2 percent from May 2015 with 113,231 people coming to town. It’s the fifth consecutive month visitor volumes have been in the six numbers.

However, total occupancy rates declined -1.0 percent to 77.7 percent from a year ago. The average daily room rate also dropped -2.1 percent to $57.08. Last year the room rate was $58.31.

The declines continued with revenue per available room (RevPAR) down -3.4 percent to $44.35 and total room nights occupied dropping -2.6 percent to 41,237.

Gross gaming revenues also fell -2.8 percent coming in at $9.668 million. It’s only the second month this year that gaming revenues were down in a year-to-year comparison.

The LVCVA report says that gaming revenues for Clark County and the Las Vegas Strip were down -4.4 percent and -11.7 percent respectively. The report blames the decline on “the absence of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and one fewer weekend vs. last May.”

Average daily auto traffic on I-15 at the Nevada Arizona border increased 7.2 percent from May 2015 with 26,531 vehicles each day passing through Mesquite.

In Laughlin, visitor volumes dropped a miniscule -0.2 percent at 162,466 people. Opposite of Mesquite’s categorical numbers, all of Laughlin’s were up in a year-to-year comparison.

Total occupancy increased a slight 0.1 percent to 62.8 percent, average daily room rate rose 2.4 percent to $48.43 and RevPAR was up 2.5 percent to $30.41. Total room nights occupied also rose 1.2 percent to 195,069.

Gross gaming revenues for Laughlin came in at $39.637 million, a 1.9 percent increase over May 2015.

Airplane passengers in Laughlin barely increased 0.3 percent to 17,395 while average daily auto traffic rose 11.0 percent to 4,704 vehicles.

Visitor volumes for Las Vegas dropped -3.9 percent in May again due to the absence of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and one fewer weekend in the calendar month.

Gaming revenues for downtown Las Vegas increased 13.1 percent while the Boulder Strip jumped a whopping 25.9 percent.

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