January 29, 2021 Casino, Land-Based

Las Vegas tourism down 64% in 2020

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Las Vegas generated 1.25m visitors in December, the lowest number since June, when casinos reopened from a 78-day lockdown.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported the December figures Thursday, which showed that just over 19m people visited Las Vegas in 2020, a 55.2% decrease from 42.5m visitors in 2019. 

Annual visitation was its lowest since 1989. 

December’s visitation numbers were down 64% year-on-year, largely a result of the Pro Bull Riders National Finals Rodeo moving to Texas and a tailored-down New Year’s Eve celebration. 

“With resumption of broader COVID-19 related restrictions across the country and the absence of traditional season special events such as NFR, Las Vegas visitation came in at approximately 1.247 million people, down 17.6 percent from November and down 64 percent from December 2019,” said Kevin Bagger, LVCVA director of research. 

Total occupancy for the month was 30.9%, with weekend occupancy far outpacing weekday 45.4% to 25%. Strip occupancy was 30.8% while downtown was 25.9%. 

Average daily room rate was $100.09, down 20% y-o-y. Average daily auto traffic on all major highways was 106,582, a y-o-y drop of 10.4%. 

The LVCVA did not report any convention attendance for the month, whereas December 2019 brought in 356,100 convention visitors. 

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