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Published on : Monday, May 9, 2016
Tourist numbers are definitely growing in the sin city Vegas. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s latest visitor profile study shows average spending in most expense categories increased in 2015.
The length of stays was up by 4.4 days for the record 42.3 million visitors last year. In 2014 Las Vegas trips lasted 4.2 days. The increase was felt overall in lodging, food and drinks, local transportation, shows and sightseeing.
Around 3600 random tourist polls were conducted on which the data is based. An agency took surveys throughout the year in various casino-hotel properties. The agency that was commissioned the yearly survey was funded by country room taxes; by hotels it considered its partners.
The largest score of spending was from shows. On an average trip, tourists spent $US61.95 ($A83) to see some type of performance, including lounge acts, headliners or comedians. It amounted to a 30 per cent increase from the $US47.56 they spent in 2014, although the overall percentage of visitors who attended such a show went down to 61 per cent. In 2014 65 per cent of visitors took in a show.
This was followed by lodging, with spend of $US102.64 per night, up nearly 19 per cent from the year before. This figure did not include rooms based on vacation packages or complementary offerings. However, those too went up by 5 per cent $US857.43.
The areas that declined were shopping where average tourists spent $US122.66 per trip shopping, an 18 per cent decline from the year before. That marks a five-year low for the shopping category, while hotels, food and drinks, transportation, shows and sightseeing all hit a five-year high in 2015.The 3 per cent drop in international tourist is largely to be blamed for the dip in shopping as they are the section that mostly shops from tourist destinations.