October visitors decline for fifth straight month

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In what appears to be an unfavorable trend, the number of visitors coming to Mesquite fell for the fifth straight month and seventh calendar month in a year-to-year comparison.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 120,800 people visited Mesquite in October compared to 124,700 last year for a 3.1 percent decline.

Last October’s number was down 4.8 percent from October 2016 but remained healthy at 124,719 people versus 131,023 the year before. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority attributed similar declines in the Las Vegas metro area last year to “trip cancellations and postponements by leisure drive visitors in the wake of the October 1 shooting” at an outdoor music concert.

In a two-year comparison during one of the most popular months of the year in Mesquite, the number of visitors dropped 10,223 people.

The remaining categories in the LVCVA report for this October were all in the positive trend percentage-wise.

Total occupancy at all hotels was up 0.1 percent to 82.6 percent. Total room nights occupied also increased 0.2 percent to 48,800.

The average daily room rate increased 2.3 percent to $64.79 while the revenue per available room (RevPAR) was up 2.4 percent to $53.52.

Gross gaming revenues at Mesquite’s casinos were up 6.0 percent to $11.339 million from last year’s $10.693 million.

Gaming revenues in Laughlin and on the Las Vegas Strip increased 12 percent in a year-to-year comparison for October. Gaming revenues in downtown Las Vegas increased a slight 0.3 percent while the Boulder Strip saw a 0.6 decrease. All of Clark County reported an 8.4 percent increase in gross gaming revenues for the month.

Average daily auto traffic on the I-15 Nevada Arizona border jumped 5.0 percent to 29,549 vehicles every day rolling through Mesquite.

Mesquite’s sister city on the river, Laughlin, saw its visitor volume decrease 6.5 percent. With that, total occupancy fell 3.6 percent to 62.3 percent. The ADR rate jumped 8.8 percent to $45.18 and RevPAR increased 2.8 percent to $28.15. Total room nights occupied dropped 5.6 percent.

Airplane passengers in Laughlin increased 4.8 percent while the average daily auto traffic on Highway 163 increased 4.8 percent to 4,727 vehicles. The average daily auto traffic on all major highways leading into Las Vegas increased 7.4 percent while the daily traffic counts on I-15 at the Nevada California border rose 7.1 percent to 43,631.

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