Tourism Ramps Up In Las Vegas
Tourism to Las Vegas has been steadily climbing every month in 2021, though visitor volumes remain well below pre-pandemic levels. An estimated 2.5 million people visited Las Vegas in April 2021, the second consecutive month in which the number of visitors surpassed 2 million. April’s visitor volume was up 15% from March and shot up over 2,000% from the volume recorded in April 2020, when business closures due to the pandemic essentially shut down the city. However, compared to the pre-pandemic level from April 2019, the number of visitors to Las Vegas was down 27%. Some of the decline in visitation last year was due to the lack of convention and trade shows, which were shutdown in March 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19. Convention attendance is expected to pick up in June 2021, when Las Vegas hosts its first major trade show since the onset of the pandemic, the World of Concrete, dedicated to the global concrete & masonry construction industries. With more people visiting Las Vegas in recent months, jobs are bouncing back. The Las Vegas market added 150,300 jobs in the year-ending April 2021, with nearly half of those positions returning to the Leisure/Hospitality Services industry.