Of the seven categories in the Mesquite Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority report for February, only one was in the positive increase range. That was gross gaming revenues that had a 7.0 percent increase in a year-to-year comparison with February 2018.
Gaming revenues increased to $11.4 million compared to $10.652 million last year. Of all the reporting stations in the LVCVA report for southern Nevada, only downtown Las Vegas had a larger increase at 9 percent.
The Boulder Strip had a 2.4 percent increase in its gaming revenues. The Las Vegas strip had a 1.9 percent decrease and Laughlin had a slight 0.7 percent decrease in its gaming numbers. Overall, Clark County reported a 0.4 percent increase in gross gaming revenues in February compared to February 2018.
Mesquite’s visitor volume fell 5 percent from a year ago coming in at 99,500 compared to 104,700 in 2018. The February visitor count has steadily fallen since it hit its highest mark in 2016 at 110,561 when the month had one extra day. In February 2017, that number fell to 103,365.
Total occupancy rates dropped 3.6 percent to 76.1 percent in February from last year’s 79.7 percent. Total room nights occupied also fell 5.0 percent to 40,200.
February’s average daily room rate (ADR) decreased to $65.49 from last year’s $66.37. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) also fell 5.8 percent from $52.90 last year to $49.84 this year.
Average daily auto traffic on I-15 at the Nevada Arizona border decreased 0.9 percent to 25,034 vehicles every day. The daily traffic counts on I-15 at the Nevada California border dropped 6.3 percent while the traffic counts on all major highways leading into Las Vegas were down 2.1 percent.
Traffic counts on Highway 163 between Arizona and Laughlin fell 4.4 percent and airplane passengers in and out of Laughlin dropped 6.8 percent.
Laughlin also showed declines in the rest of its hotel-related numbers. Total occupancy was down 5.0 percent, ADR dropped 11.0 percent, RevPAR fell a whopping 17.6 percent and total room nights occupied declined 8.3 percent.