Visitor counts start slow year in Mesquite

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Blame it on the cold, wet, windy weather that’s atypical for winter in Mesquite.

Almost every category in the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority report for Mesquite’s January visitor count showed a decline when compared to a year ago and ended a yearlong run in percentage gains.

The total number of visitors in Mesquite declined 6.2 percent coming in at 98,566 after January 2015 had a count of 105,070. It’s the second straight month of less than 100,000 visitors that started in December.

Total occupancy rates also fell 6.9 percent dropping from last year’s 72.1 percent to 65.2 percent this year. Along with that, the average daily room rate declined 5.8 percent and Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) fell double-digits to $38.27. That’s a 14.9 percent fall from last January’s $44.95 RevPAR.

The only category that showed any increase, albeit minor, was total room nights occupied which rose 0.6 percent to 38,504 from last year’s 38,265.

Gross gaming revenues for Mesquite’s outlets were down 1.4 percent to $10.531 million from January 2015’s take of $10.685 million.

To top it all off, even the average daily auto traffic on I-15 at the Nevada Arizona border decreased 0.3 percent coming in at 22,360 vehicles a day traveling through Mesquite.

In Laughlin, visitor volumes increased 2.2 percent from last year with 142,963 people hitting the river town.

Total occupancy increased 2.3 percent to 55.0 percent, average daily room rate fell -6.8 percent to $40.46 and RevPAR also declined -2.8 percent to $22.25. Total room nights occupied rose 3.3 percent to 169,136.

Gross gaming revenues for Laughlin came in at $44.121 million, a 4.8 percent increase over January 2015.

Airplane passengers in Laughlin dropped -12.5 percent to 18,686 while average daily auto traffic also dropped -5.0 percent to 4,086 vehicles.

Visitor volumes for Las Vegas increased 1.1 percent from January 2015 counting 3.509 million people.

The LVCVA report says that gaming revenues for Clark County and the Las Vegas Strip increased 14.3 percent and 14.4 percent respectively. The report says the increase is “due in part to baccarat activity and spillover of slot reporting from the last weekend in December.”

Gaming revenues for downtown Las Vegas increased a whopping 32.0 percent while the Boulder Strip also saw a significant rise of 24.5 percent.

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