According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) report for May, Mesquite led all reporting locations in Clark County with the largest percentage increase in gaming revenues.
Gross gaming revenues in Mesquite casinos increased 4.6 percent over May 2018. The gross take came in at $11.847 million, up from $11.329 million last year.
That compares to a 7.6 percent decrease in all of Clark County for the month. Gaming revenues on the Las Vegas Strip fell 11.1 percent. Gaming on the Boulder Strip declined a whopping 12.6 percent while downtown Las Vegas increased 2.8 percent. Laughlin showed a 3.2 percent increase.
All other categories in the May LVCVA report were positive for the Mesquite tourism industry.
Visitor volumes rose 1.5 percent in May to 119,900 people versus last year’s total of 118,100 visitors. Las Vegas visitor volumes showed a 1.7 percent increase while Laughlin had a 1.1 percent decrease.
Total occupancy rates in Mesquite’s hotels and motels increased 1.6 percent to 82.8 percent from May 2018. Total room nights occupied increased 1.4 percent to 48,400 with the average daily room rate (ADR) rising 7.7 percent to $65.67.
Revenue per available room (RevPAR), an important economic indicator in the hotel industry, jumped 9.8 percent to $54.37. In May 2018 RevPAR was $49.51 for Mesquite hotels.
Average daily auto traffic on I-15 at the Nevada Arizona border increased 1.7 percent to 30,089 vehicles every day.
Total occupancy rates in Laughlin’s hotels and motels in May fell a miniscule 0.6 to 64.0 percent.
Laughlin’s ADR decreased 0.4 percent to $52.94 with RevPAR also decreasing 1.4 percent to $33.88 over last year’s numbers. Total room nights occupied decreased 2.0 percent in Laughlin to 193,600.
Airplane passengers in Laughlin jumped 18.3 percent to 23,662 in May while average daily auto traffic on Highway 163 into the river town rose 1.1 percent to 4,861 vehicles each day.
Traffic counts on I-15 at the Nevada California border decreased 0.6 percent with the counts on all major highways, including I-11, into Las Vegas increasing overall by 1.6 percent at 124,723 vehicles daily.
The LVCVA always cautions that auto traffic counts are a blend of both commercial and resident traffic in addition to visitors.