Governor Sisolak authorized certain businesses, including restaurants, barbershops, hair salons, and most retail businesses, to reopen with limitations beginning May 9, 2020, and Nevada began its emergence from the pandemic shutdown. Nevada’s casinos were allowed to reopen on June 4, 2020, with restrictions. While the pandemic is far from over, this article examines some of the differences observed in casinos in the Las Vegas market since reopening and what has been learned thus far.
Three U.S. major professional sports teams—the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, Las Vegas Aces of the Women’s National Basketball Association, and Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League—are based in Las Vegas. The importance of sporting events for the Las Vegas market extends beyond serving as the home for these professional teams. The return of sports will contribute to Las Vegas’ eventual recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the three years preceding the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Las Vegas had entered a cycle of new development after the prolonged recovery from the 2008 Great Recession. The ongoing construction of major demand generators throughout the closure period is important to the eventual recovery of the Las Vegas market. This article summarizes the available information regarding the status of major tourism-related projects in the Las Vegas market.
Continuing development of numerous gaming, lodging, and entertainment venues will enable the Las Vegas market to retain its status as a premier destination. This article examines trends and market developments affecting the Las Vegas hospitality market.
Las Vegas received more than 42.3 million visitors in 2015, an all-time high. Year-to-date data points to a new high this year. Diversification in the area’s attractions, however, brings a shift in how visitors spend their dollars in the city.
Visitors to Las Vegas increased (over 39,700,000 in 2012), exceeding 2007’s previous record. Clark County annual gaming revenue also increased in 2012 as the industry continues its modest recovery, and the lodging market exhibited positive trends.
Visitor volume is the single-largest determinant of Southern Nevada's economic health, driving hotel occupancy, average daily room rates, and gaming revenue. All experienced modest increases in 2011 and are expected to continue to improve in 2012.
Although the Las Vegas market has historically weathered periods of economic decline and downturns in visitation and is beginning to show signs of improvement, the rate and extent of a future recovery are uncertain at this time.
The impact of the downturn in the national and worldwide economies, and the resulting decrease in consumer consumption, was strongly felt by the Las Vegas gaming-tourism industry in 2009. Has the bottom been reached?