Las Vegas continues to see low tourism and casino revenue numbers. As a result, many of its biggest and best casino-resorts have been forced to close their doors for days at a time. News has just surfaced that Mirage Las Vegas has decided to close between Monday and Wednesday.
This is something new for the city of Las Vegas. Casinos are doing everything they can to cut down on costs while tourism drops. Today, we’re going to talk about what is happening with Mirage Casino-Resort.
Let’s get into it!
Las Vegas Officials Continue to Promote Tourism
Las Vegas is a city that relies heavily on its tourism industry. Visitors here are the ones keeping casinos and many other businesses afloat. Unfortunately, the tourism industry in this city has been devastated by the events unfolding this year.
A recent report by KLAS claims that tourism numbers slightly increased during October. That doesn’t mean things are perfect. Tourism rates during that month were still 50% lower than they were in October of 2019.
Things are expected to be even bleaker during the month of November. Many states began implementing intense travel restrictions last month. Infections began to skyrocket around the country in November, too.
This isn’t stopping officials in the city from promoting tourism. Local leaders have been working hard to bring in visitors in the safest way possible. They want visitors to come, as long as they are willing to abide by the safety regulations set in place.
New Year’s Eve is generally a very popular time to visit Las Vegas. Unfortunately, this year’s celebrations will be considerably different than what was seen in the past. Hundreds of thousands usually make the trip to Sin City for this holiday. Only a fraction of that number is expected to visit this year.
Casino companies continue to feel the effects of these regulations. Many are implementing new measures to lower their overall costs. That includes Mirage, one of the most popular gambling venues in the city!
Mirage Las Vegas Announces Mid-Week Closures
Las Vegas is home to many of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. Throughout the year, all of these venues have seen massive drops in their overall revenue figures. Some have chosen to close their doors during the week to help cut down on costs.
That includes Mirage Las Vegas, which has just announced that it is indefinitely closing all of its operations from Monday to Wednesday. This news comes directly from a new statement by MGM Resorts International. Beginning on January 4, the casino, restaurants, and hotel will all close their doors mid-week.
“With weekday business levels remaining low due to COVID-19 and the restrictions on group gatherings, we have made the decision to temporarily close The Mirage Monday – Wednesday,” a spokesperson for the company said. “This closure will include the casino, hotel and restaurants, in addition to all other amenities.”
This isn’t entirely surprising news to hear. Mirage, like all other casinos, has seen a steady decrease in its visitation numbers. This new move is expected to help the venue cover the cost of this drop in hotel guests and gamblers.
We are likely to see more of this news appear over the next few weeks. No one expects tourism rates in Las Vegas to immediately increase. It will likely be years before things here are back to the way they were in 2019.
This time of the year tends to bring a huge number of visitors to the city. That is unlikely to be the case in 2020. Interestingly, the city is planning a massive virtual celebration that everyone can enjoy.
More Details on the Virtual Las Vegas NYE Celebration Are Out!
This has been a year unlike almost any other in history. Health experts are warning against getting together and travel is highly unadvised. As a result, New Year’s Eve is expected to be significantly different than it has been in recent years.
Like we mentioned earlier, Las Vegas is used to seeing hundreds of thousands of visitors during New Year’s Eve weekend. Las Vegas will likely see an increase in visitors this holiday season, yet most feel it will be far lower than what has been seen in years prior.
That doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the festivities! The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has announced that it plans to launch a virtual celebration for the holiday. This will feature counting down to 2021.
Those that decide to make the trip to Las Vegas can still enjoy some festivities. The Plaza Hotel and Casino has announced that it is set to put on a major fireworks show in Downtown Las Vegas.
The famous Fremont Street event has been canceled. Approximately 10,000 people were expected to attend this celebration. Mayor Goodman is hoping that these anticipated events can resume next year.
Are you surprised to see Mirage Las Vegas close during the week? Do you plan to visit Las Vegas anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!