October visitor count down in Mesquite

Mesquite’s visitor count in October fell by 4.8 percent but remained healthy at 124,719 people versus 131,023 compared to last year. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority attributed similar declines in the Las Vegas metro area to “trip cancellations and postponements by leisure drive visitors in the wake of the Oct. 1 shooting” at an outdoor music concert.

Local and worldwide media reported that the shooter owned a home in Mesquite but there’s no evidence that visitor counts dropped specifically because of it.

It’s also the one-year anniversary of the Rising Star Sports Ranch opening that added 200 rooms to the overall reporting requirements in Mesquite.

Even though visitor counts were down, the rest of the LVCVA report showed positive increases in all other categories for Mesquite.

Total occupancy was up 1.7 percent to 82.5 percent and total room nights occupied increased 2.1 percent. Average daily room rate (ADR) was up 2.0 percent at $63.36. Those numbers helped lead the way to an increase of 4.2 percent in the revenue per available room (RevPAR). It rose from $50.18 last year to $52.27 this year.

Gross gaming revenues for Mesquite increased 0.5 percent to $10.693 million, a rise of $57,000 from last October.

Average daily auto traffic on the I-15 Nevada Arizona border jumped 5.0 percent to 28,144 vehicles every day rolling through Mesquite.

All of the numbers for Mesquite’s sister city on the river, Laughlin, were in the positive range with its visitor volume showing the only positive year-over-year growth at 3.8 percent.

Total occupancy increased 3.2 percent to 65.9 percent. ADR increased 1.1 percent to $43.42 and RevPAR increased 6.3 percent to $28.61. Total room nights occupied also increased 5.0 percent.

Laughlin’s gross gaming revenues rose 2.4 percent to $41.948 million.

Airplane passengers in Laughlin jumped 16.9 percent while the average daily auto traffic on Highway 163 increased 1.0 percent to 4,510 vehicles.

The average daily auto traffic on all major highways leading into Las Vegas increased a miniscule 0.2 percent while the daily traffic counts on I-15 at the Nevada California border declined 1.6 percent to 40,740.

Gaming revenues in all of Clark Count fell in October by 0.3 percent compared to October 2016. The LVCVA attributed the decline to “lower slot and table game betting volumes and collection timing.” Gaming revenues on the Las Vegas Strip decreased 6.1 percent while Downtown Vegas jumped 10.0 percent and the Boulder Strip increased 17.1 percent.


  1. Arthur Hammerschmidt says:

    Hi Barbara,
    Just to let you know that Ed Gutierrez better known as Uncle Ed passed away this morning at 4:00AM peacefully.

    It is impossible to list all the good things Uncle did for the City Of Mesquite & Bunkerville.
    Uncle Ed was 96 years old and up to last year he was still volunteering to help others.
    Please if you can, remember him in your paper.
    Funeral services will take place in Southern California in Long Beach. and he will be buried with his dear wife Josephine. At this time I do not have any information about arrangements, but I believe that there will have some sort of Memorial Service held here in Mesquite in the future.

    Art Hammerschmidt

    • Teri Nehrenz says:

      My deepest sympathy for your family. God Bless Ed. Seeing him was always the brightest spot no matter how already sunny the day.

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