Las Vegas Visitor Numbers Crumble Due To Coronavirus

Figures Expected To Be Much Worse For April

Mitch Kelly
May 01, 2020 - 6:25 am
Scenes of an empty Las Vegas Strip

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The plunge was expected, but it's hard to digest nevertheless.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released Las Vegas' visitation numbers for March on Thursday, and the effects of the coronavirus are painfully seen.

Just wait until the April numbers come out.

The numbers for March showed that just over 1.5 million people came to stay and play here during the first couple of weeks of what's always a very busy month filled with conventions, Spring Breakers, college basketball tournaments and March Madness.

That was followed by casino closures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and visitor numbers falling off a cliff.

Hotel occupancy rates were just under 40 percent,  not surprising considenring resorts were closed for the last half of the month.

Mesquite and Laughlin properties reported similar dismal figures.

Of course, the March numbers are sure to look positively rosy compared to what's on tap when April statistics are released for a month when the entire Strip and Downtown were dark.