Over the past few months, the city of Las Vegas has seen a significant increase in crime around popular tourist destinations. It’s a troubling development for the casino companies here working hard to boost tourism and revenue. As a result of this activity, we’re now beginning to see more security in Las Vegas casinos.
Many analysts felt this would happen. Hope is that these new measures help to lower crime again. Today, we’re going to take a look at what casinos have planned, and how this might affect Las Vegas moving forward.
Let’s get into it!
Casino Revenue is Slowly Increasing in Las Vegas
The United States’ casino industry completely shut down back in March. In some states, this shutdown wasn’t even noticed. Others immediately took a massive hit. Nevada certainly falls into the latter category.
This state is home to a number of major gambling destinations. None is bigger than Las Vegas. Over the past century, this city has grown to become one of the most-visited casino destinations on the planet. Several multi-billion-dollar properties are based here.
The casino shutdowns back in March took a serious toll on Las Vegas. Finally, in June, Governor Steve Sisolak gave permission for the casinos here to reopen. Most of the major casino-resorts in the city are now open again.
Revenue remains far lower than what was being made in 2019. That’s certainly no surprise when considering the state of the world. Fortunately, reports show that revenue earnings here are increasing each month.
Not everything is improving here, though. There seems to be a large increase in violent incidents happening in the city’s major tourist destinations including the Las Vegas Strip. As a result, several of the biggest casino-resorts here are taking new steps to increase their security measures.
Will this help things?
There Will Soon be More Security Inside Las Vegas Casinos
Crime has always taken place in and around the city of Las Vegas. It’s a big city, and historically speaking, most serious crimes occurred away from areas like the Strip. In more recent months, however, there seems to be a large increase in these incidents occurring in these tourist areas.
It’s become a serious issue for major casinos here. These venues are doing everything they can to boost tourism and attract new players. The last thing the owners of these properties want is visitors fearing about crime.
Some of these casinos are now taking things into their own hands. News has just surfaced that we’ll soon see a major increase in security inside Las Vegas casinos. That includes the Las Vegas Wynn and Encore Casino-Resorts.
Officials within these venues claim this has been planned for weeks. Moving forward, guests will be screened for weapons and other metal objects. Hotel key cards will also need to be verified in order to ensure only hotel guests are being admitted into the towers.
They released a statement explaining some of the new measures being set in place.
“The additional screening at the resort entrances complements existing security measures that are in place, including scanning hotel room keys at elevator entrances to ensure only current registered guests are admitted to the hotel towers,” the statement says.
Hopefully, this helps these casinos to lower crime rates in the city. It will certainly be interesting to see. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next few months!
Tourism Rates in Nevada Continue to Fluctuate
2020 has likely been the toughest year in history for Nevada’s casino industry. It’s also been extremely difficult for the huge number of businesses here that rely on tourism to operate. Much like casino revenue, tourism is slowly increasing in Nevada, yet this seems to be fluctuating over the past couple of months.
It’s clear that more individuals are now choosing to drive into Las Vegas, rather than fly. There are also more Nevada residents choosing to gamble, rather than tourists from outside states. Prior to this past week, many hoped Las Vegas would see a large influx of international visitors.
That did not turn out to be the case. Even during China’s “Golden Week,” which traditionally brings a huge number of Chinese gamblers into the city, international visitation rates were extremely low. Travel restrictions remain in place around the world and may remain in place for months to come.
A boost in tourism will result in a boost in revenue. With winter approaching, it may be quite some time before things return to normal in Las Vegas, though. The next few months will tell a lot about what to expect.
You can expect to see more security inside Las Vegas casinos soon. The other properties in this city are likely to take similar measures soon. Stay tuned for more updates on how this will affect the city over the next few months!
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