Mesquite’s September visitor count hits million mark

In 2015, Mesquite didn’t hit the million mark in its visitor volume count until October. This year that milestone was made in September, hitting 1.017 million people who visited Mesquite so far this year according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority.

September also saw the string of more than 100,000 visitors per month continue for the ninth straight month albeit by a slim margin at 100,252. That hasn’t happened in Mesquite since 2008. The visitor count is a 15.6 percent gain from September 2015.

That wasn’t the only good news out of LVCVA’s report for the city.

Mesquite also had the biggest percentage increase in gross gaming revenues of all the reporting entities in southern Nevada with an 8.4 percent gain over September 2015 coming in at $8.821 million.

Laughlin reported a 3.6 percent drop in gaming revenues and the Boulder Strip saw its gaming revenues plummet 21.8 percent. Gaming revenues on the Las Vegas Strip had a 7.5 percent gain while Downtown Las Vegas increased 3.6 percent from a year ago. All combined, Clark County saw an increase of 3.6 percent in gross gaming revenues from September 2015. The LVCVA report attributed the county numbers to “increased slot win and non-baccarat table games play.”

Total occupancy rates in Mesquite rose 6.4 percent from a year ago coming in at 71.8 percent. Even though the average daily room rate dropped a miniscule 0.9 percent to $53.76 the revenue per available room (RevPAR) jumped 8.8 percent to $38.60. Total room nights occupied also increased 9.1 percent to 36,510.

verage daily auto traffic on Interstate 15 at the Nevada Arizona border rose 7.9 percent to 26,724 vehicles passing through town every day. Daily traffic at the Nevada California border increased 2.2 percent. Traffic on all major highways into Las Vegas increased 8.4 percent in September from a year ago.

Aside from Laughlin’s decreased in gaming revenues all other categories in its LVCVA report were positive. Visitor volume rose 3.4 percent to 156,511 for the month compared to last year.

Total occupancy in Mesquite’s sister city on the river increased 3.9 percent to 63.1 percent. Average daily room rates rose 6.6 percent to $50.38, RevPAR jumped 13.6 percent to $31.79 and total room nights occupied increased 5.5 percent from a year ago.

Airplane passengers in Laughlin increased 19.8 percent while average daily auto traffic on Highway 163 rose 7.0 percent to 4,340.

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