August visitor counts takes dive

For the first time this year, the number of visitors in Mesquite fell below the six-figure mark when the August visitor count nosedived to 97,100. That is a 15.9 percent drop from August 2017 when 115,500 people came to town.

The only bright spot in the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority report for the month was a 3.9 percent gain in gross gaming revenues for Mesquite coming in at $9.276 million.

All other reporting locations in southern Nevada showed declines in gaming revenues. Laughlin dropped 2.3 percent, the Las Vegas Strip was down 12.4 percent, downtown Las Vegas fell 4.8 percent and the Boulder Strip suffered a 16.3 percent fall in gross gaming revenues.

Overall, Clark County was down a combined 10.2 percent in gross gaming revenues for August.

With the drop in overall visitor numbers, the rest of the LVCVA report showed declines in all categories for Mesquite hoteliers.

Total occupancy fell 10.0 percent to 66.4 percent. Average daily room rates (ADR) declined 0.7 percent to $52.26 while revenue per available room (RevPAR) fell 13.7 percent to $34.70. Total room nights occupied also fell 13.0 to 39,200.

Average daily auto traffic on I-15 at the Nevada Arizona border stayed flat at 29,696 vehicles a day.

Visitor volumes for Mesquite’s sister city on the river, Laughlin, fell 1.2 percent year-to-year. Total occupancy was up 1.1 percent to 64.3 percent along with total room nights occupied that increased 0.6 percent.

Laughlin’s ADR increased 9.9 percent to $52.71 over last August. RevPAR also increase 11.9 percent to $33.89 from last year.

Airplane passengers in Laughlin increased 4.7 percent while average daily auto traffic on Highway 163 from Arizona fell 5.8 percent.

Auto traffic on all major highways into Las Vegas increased 2.4 percent. However, auto traffic on the I-15 at the Nevada California border declined 2.8 percent.

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