LAS VEGAS ( Associated Press) – Gambling in Nevada continued a 14-month hot streak in April and the return of international flights saw the start of the coronavirus pandemic more than two years ago, according to Las Vegas Airport, Tourism & State Promoted travel to levels. Casino revenue report.
The State Gaming Control Board said Thursday that the $1.13 billion in casino winnings statewide last month represented the best April ever for the state, Clark County and the Las Vegas Strip.
Nevada casinos are now reported to win at least $1 billion each month since March 2021.
“This month’s total win amount represents the highest April total gaming wins ever recorded for the state, Clark County and the Strip…,” said Michael Lawton, senior gaming control board analyst.
Reed International Airport on Wednesday reported handling about 4.26 million incoming and outgoing passengers last month. This was just down from 4.28 million passengers in April 2019.
The airport counted more than 200,000 international passengers last month, compared to about 31,000 last month, with almost all flights from overseas suspended during the pandemic.
Lawton noted that the airport began nonstop service in April with flights from cities in Mexico, Canada, Panama, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The approximately 3.4 million Southern Nevada tourists counted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority were up 31% last month compared to April 2021, but down 4.5% from the same month in 2019.
Conference attendance increased dramatically over the previous year, but is still down about 29% compared to April 2019.
Las Vegas has also hosted several large special entertainment events, Lawton said, including four sold out nights at Elegant Stadium by South Korean boy band BTS; the big National Association of Broadcasters show at the Las Vegas Convention Center; And the National Football League draft in several places.
Palms Casino Resort also reopened under its new owner, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
The Gaming Control Board said the state collected about $70 million in taxes based on April casino winnings. This figure is significant because casino taxes make up about 17% of the state’s revenue, second only to sales taxes. There is no personal income tax in Nevada.