Calendar blamed for drop in Mesquite April visitors

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) blamed the calendar for April’s flat or falling visitor volumes throughout Clark County saying there was one fewer weekend day during the month.

Mesquite’s visitor count for the month was down 1.2 percent from April 2016 coming in at 123,330. That’s 1,479 people less than a year ago who visited the city.

That led to a decline of 4.2 percent in total occupancy rates from 88.5 percent last year to 84.3 percent this year. The average daily room rate also fell 90 cents or 1.5 percent to $60.98. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) also dropped 6.1 percent to $51.41. Last April the RevPAR came in at $54.76.

On a positive note, total room nights occupied in Mesquite’s hotels increased 6.0 percent to 48,177 compared to April 2016’s number of 45,454.

Gross gaming revenues increased by $248,000 or 2.2 percent in April compared to last year. The monthly take came in at $11.299 million bring the four-month total so far this year to $45.305 million.

Average daily auto traffic on I-15 at the Nevada Arizona border jumped 10.2 percent to 28,096 vehicles every day.

Laughlin’s visitor volume report showed a bit better than Mesquite’s for April. It’s visitor count declined only 0.6 percent to 170,534 people. All the other categories in the LVCVA report for Laughlin showed positive increases.

Total occupancy increased 0.7 percent to 70.1 percent. The average daily room rate increased 2.4 percent to $55.45 while RevPAR rose 3.4 percent to $38.87. Total room nights occupied stayed even year-to-year at 208,618.

Gross gaming revenues in the riverside town increased 4.2 percent to $42.918 million for April.

Airplane passengers in Laughlin increased 6.9 percent to 23,493 while average daily auto traffic on Highway 163 increased 5.2 percent to 5,161 vehicles a day.

Visitor volumes in Las Vegas stayed relatively the same in a year-to-year comparison coming in at 3.545 million people.

Average daily room rates in Las Vegas dropped 3.9 percent while RevPar also fell 2.9 percent. Total room nights occupied in Vegas hotels and motels rose a slight 0.4 percent.

Gaming revenues in all of Clark County increased 1.4 percent with the downtown casinos showing the largest increase at 21.9 percent. Gaming revenues on the Boulder Strip also jumped double-digits with a 19.0 percent increase.

The only decline in gaming revenues throughout the county was on the Las Vegas Strip, falling 3.3 percent. The LVCVA report said the drop was “due in part to a lower baccarat hold vs. last April.”

Average daily auto traffic on all major highways into Las Vegas increased 10.5 percent with traffic on I-15 at the Nevada California border increasing 11 percent from April 2016.

 

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