Casinos in Las Vegas continue to face drops in visitation rates and gaming revenue. As a result, many have been forced to shut down for certain days of the week to cut down on costs. New reports claim that many of the most popular casino-resorts are finally allowing weekday hotel reservations in Las Vegas again.
This could be a promising sign that Las Vegas is recovering. Today, we’ll talk about which hotels here are changing their hours. We’ll also discuss some of the exciting new events happening in the city over the next eleven months.
Let’s get into it!
More Entertainment Options Are Coming Back to Las Vegas
Las Vegas has always been one of the most-visited cities in the United States. Prior to 2020, more than 40 million people would flock to this city every year to take part in the entertainment and gambling options. This trend stopped when the casinos here were ordered to shut their doors back in March.
Governor Sisolak began allowing casinos to reopen their doors in June. It took months for all of the major casino-resorts in the city to fully reopen. As the winter months approached and tourism numbers slumped once again, several major casinos here were forced to close down again.
Nevada’s health regulations were ramped up over the winter. Infections were on the rise and fewer people from around the country were making the trip to the state. Fortunately, things seem to be improving now.
Cases have been steadily dropping in Nevada for weeks. As a result, Governor Sisolak has been slowly easing back restrictions. This is giving casinos some breathing room, allowing for higher capacity limits and more restaurants to open.
Many of the entertainment options in Las Vegas are coming back, too. David Copperfield is set to resume his world-famous magic show begins next month. Carrot Top is heading back to Luxor this weekend. It seems that Las Vegas is cautiously getting back to normal.
Casinos are beginning to see another increase in visitation rates. Several have now announced they will soon begin accepting guests in the middle of the week!
Several Major Properties Begin Allowing Weekday Hotel Reservations in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is still home to the world’s biggest and best casino-resorts. The majority of these venues are located on the Las Vegas Strip. They have been hugely successful over the years at consistently bringing in guests from around the world.
Contrary to popular belief, Las Vegas is not just a weekend town. Many people prefer to head to Sin City during the week. That includes business travelers and those who simply prefer the play inside casinos without big crowds.
When tourism numbers fell, several of the biggest casinos in this city stopped allowing guest stays in the middle of the week. This was done in a way to cut down on costs. Beginning in March, several of these properties will once again begin allowing weekday hotel reservations in Las Vegas.
Mandalay Bay, Park MGM, and The Mirage will all resume opening seven days a week beginning on March 3. Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts’ CEO and president, released a statement explaining the decision to do so.
“As we begin to see positive signs around the public’s sentiment about traveling, coupled with important progress on the vaccination front and decreasing COVID-19 case numbers, bringing Mandalay Bay, Park MGM and The Mirage back to full-week operations is an important step for us,” Hornbuckle said. “We remain optimistic about Las Vegas’ recovery and our ability to bring employees back to work as business volumes allow us to do so.”
This is exciting news for many people around the country. More properties around Las Vegas are finally choosing to reopen mid-week. That is an extremely positive sign for the city moving forward. We’ll be sure to report on tourism and revenue numbers here over the next few months!
Atlantic City’s Gaming Revenue Increases in January
Las Vegas isn’t the country’s only major casino destination. Over on the East Coast, Atlantic City remains the biggest and best gambling hub. This small New Jersey city is home to a huge number of popular casinos and entertainment options.
Throughout 2020, gambling revenue in this city was on a steady decline. Casinos here were closed for several months out of the year. It wasn’t until July that Atlantic City began seeing any kind of normalcy again.
Things are improving, though. New reports indicate gaming revenue in Atlantic City increased by 9.3% in January. That is an extremely promising sign for one of the most popular gambling destinations in the world.
The loosening of regulations here seems to be helping. Tourism rates in the city are increasing and nearly all casinos are seeing an increase in visitors right now. Sports betting revenue seems to be increasing, too.
New Jersey’s total sports betting handle came out to $958.7 million for the month of January. It won’t be long before the state breaks the $1 billion mark. Clearly, things are beginning to bounce back here.
Do you plan to make any weekday hotel reservations in Las Vegas? Where will you stay? Let us know in the comments section below!