Visitor numbers, gaming win see slight month to month rise

Numbers continue to be far off of 2019, however

Mitch Kelly
October 29, 2020 - 5:39 am
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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Good news, bad news for Nevada casinos. The overall take in September was the largest since casinos were reopened on June 4th, but the gaming win statewide still down 22 percent compared to September of 2019. The Strip was down 39.1 percent and downtown fell 21.5 percent. For the calendar year, the strip is off 45 percent, with a 37.6 percent decline downtown.

Continuing to hurt the overall visitation numbers: the almost complete lack of international travelers. The number of visitors from abroad is down over 95 percent, and with surges of the coronavirus showing up again around Europe, many experts don't expect international travel to rebound anytime soon

One phase of betting had a great month: sports betting, The $575.2 million wagered on sports in September was the fourth highest all time and the highest total ever recorded in September, as football -both college and pro - , baseball, basketball and hockey were all in play.

Casinos visitation was also down for September when compared to 2019. The number of visitors was down 51 percent from September 2019 to 1.7 million people. That number is still an improvement from the 1.5 million that visited in August. Weekend hotel occupancy rate was just over 66 percent, midweek just 38.5 percent