The number of visitors coming to Mesquite in July fell by 4.1 percent, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The actual count dropped from 112,600 in July 2018 to 108,000 this year.
It’s also a drastic decrease in July numbers compared to 2017 when 123,208 people came to Mesquite. July’s drop follows a 1.4 decline in visitor volumes in June.
The main highlight of the LVCVA report was a 5.7 percent increase in gross gaming revenues for Mesquite coming in at $10.063 million.
Laughlin’s gaming revenues increased 5.8 percent. The Las Vegas Strip increased its gaming revenues by 1.6 percent while Downtown Las Vegas rose 7.6 percent and Boulder Strip gaming rose 3.8 percent. With all reporting locations totaled, Clark County had a 2.5 percent increase in overall gross gaming revenues.
All categories in the LVCVA report related to Mesquite’s hotel industry showed negative comparisons to July 2018.
Total occupancy declined 1.5 percent to 75.5 percent of all hotel rooms. Total room nights occupied also fell 4.2 percent to 43,600. Last year that number was 45,500 of room nights occupied.
Average daily room rates (ADR) dropped 9.1 percent to $49.08. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) also fell 10.8 percent to $37.06.
RevPar is calculated by taking the total revenue for the month and dividing by the number of rooms rented for the month. It measures revenue from hotel room rates only and does not include other sources of revenue like alcohol or gaming. It’s commonly used in the hospitality industry to measure the financial performance of and health among hotel operators.
Laughlin also showed a decline of 3.0 percent in its total visitor volume. Total occupancy was down 2.7 percent, RevPAR fell 0.6 percent to $42.49 and total room nights occupied declined 4.1 percent. Laughlin’s ADR increased 3.0 percent to $56.65.
Average daily auto traffic on I-15 at the Nevada Arizona border increased 1.8 percent to 32,211 vehicles every day. Daily traffic counts on I-15 at the Nevada California border rose a slight 0.2 percent while traffic counts on all major highways leading into Las Vegas increased 3.8 percent.
Traffic counts on Highway 163 between Arizona and Laughlin increased 0.3 percent and airplane passengers in and out of Laughlin jumped 14.5 percent.