A Review Of The 2016 Visitation And Tourism Statistics For Las Vegas

Many major cities track and follow some sort of metrics when it comes to visitation to their region or city, but Las Vegas must track the trends of its guests more than most towns as it’s vital to how the casinos choose to operate, the convention business continues, and where to appropriate various dollars coming into Sin City. In 2016, Las Vegas continued its upward trend with a new record of 42.9 million visitors coming into the city. Millenials are coming into the city in droves, and this potentially alters how the casinos and hotels focus their upgrades and renovations while the convention business continued an upward flourishing trend.

Some interesting average expenditures can help people gauge what to expect during their visit. On average, visitors spend $318.09 on food and drink while in Las Vegas. The average transportation expenditure was $96.08. The average spent on shopping was $229.97, on shows and entertainment was $142.66, and $172.39 on sightseeing. The average spend on gambling was $619.01.

Las Vegas and Tipping, An Explanation and History

Gratuity/Tip (noun): A sum of money which is customarily given by a customer or a client to a worker in the service industry, in addition to the base price. A gift of money, over and above payment due for service. Tipping is common in the service sector, where workers are given the sum of money for a service performed or also anticipated. In the United States, tipping is an expected and very custom practice.

Two very common questions in Las Vegas are:

Do we tip?

And

Who do we tip?

The easy answer is, Las Vegas is a tipping city. Most cities in the United States are tipping cities. Employees that work in the service industry, generally are paid a lower hourly wage, which helps with a more affordable payroll for the employer, but also results in the employees being dependent on gratuities to earn an income. In Las Vegas, that total is further exacerbated by commonly tipped positions in the hotel industry being required to pay a “tip compliance” with the IRS that automatically is garnished from their bi-weekly paychecks.

2017 Majors - A Look Ahead

Current World Golf Rankings (as of the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament)

1. Dustin Johnson – United States
2. Rory McIlory – Northern Ireland
3. Jason Day - Australia
4. Hideki Matsuyama - Japan
5. Henrik Stenson - Sweden
6. Jordan Spieth – United States
7. Justin Thomas – United States
8. Rickie Fowler – United States
9. Adam Scott - Australia
10. Alex Noren – Sweden

2017 MASTERS
Course: Augusta National
Par 72
Length: 7,435 yards
Built: 1933
Course Designer: Bobby Jones and Alister Mackenzie
Course Record: 63 (Nick Price ’86, Greg Norman ’96)
Location: Augusta, Ga

Previous 10 Masters Champions:

2016 Danny Willett (-5)
2015 Jordan Spieth (-18)
2014 Bubba Watson (-8)
2013 Adam Scott (-9)
2012 Bubba Watson (-10)
2011 Charl Schwartzel (-14)
2010 Phil Mickelson (-16)
2009 Angel Cabrera (-12)
2008 Trevor Immelman (-8)
2007 Zach Johnson (+1)

2017 US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

Course: Erin Hills
Par 70
Length: 7,823 yards
Built: 2006
Course Designer: Dr Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry, and Ron Whitten
Location: Hartford, WI

Previous 10 US Open Champions:

2016 Dustin Johnson – Oakmont Country Club (-4)

2017 Masters Golf Odds

The PGA Tour makes its annual pilgrimage to one of the great golf courses in the world this week – Augusta National Golf Club for The Masters. The course provides a great challenge to all of the participants each year and currently plays to 7435 yards. The event began in 1934, with Bobby Jones and Dr. Alister Mackenzie collaborating to design the famed golf course. Initially, for the first five years, the tournament was called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament at Jones’ insistence. However, Clifford Roberts, an investment banker from New York, suggested the tournament be referred to as The Masters Tournament. After the first five years of the tournament, Jones finally gave in and agreed to the name change.
The golf odds for the 2017 Masters favor mostly the World Golf Rankings’ Top 10 as well as a select few up-and-comers. The odds may change slightly due to an odd fluke injury to world number one, Dustin Johnson who injured his back in a fall on some stairs in his rental home a few days before the tournament. Tiger Woods again misses a major with a back injury, however the top ten players in the world will be well represented at the tournament.

What Can A Bellman or Valet Do For You?

Have you ever traveled to a new city for the first time and wanted to know the hidden spots “off the beaten path”? Did it interest you to do some of the interesting things around town that weren’t necessarily listed on every website Google could spit out at you? Is knowing the true story about the popular tourist destinations important to you? Do you want to know what places are worth spending your time or your dollars on or not?

2015 Open Championship Golf Odds - Old Course

***WINNER - ZACH JOHNSON 75/1***

With the 2015 Open Championship beginning on Thursday, all eyes will be on one player NOT named McIlroy or Woods - Jordan Spieth. Spieth has had a meteoric rise to the top of the golf world in his short time on the PGA Tour, including wins in the first two majors of the 2015 golf season. In three full seasons on the tour, Spieth already can boast 5 wins in his career, but more impressively, 4 of those wins have come this season already, including the first two majors: The Masters and US Open. Included with this season’s four wins, are 3 second-place finishes and a rise #2 in the World Golf Rankings. Spieth is far from the physically imposing golfers that Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, or Dustin Johnson are, but continually brings an overall game and specifically a dead-eye putter each week. Besides being in the top ten in putting in most categories, Spieth is second in birdie average, and consequently first in scoring average on the PGA Tour. Logic will tell you these are essential attributes to perform well at this year’s Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland.

2015 US Open Golf Odds

The 2015 US Open is taking a non-traditional turn from its typical course “type” over the years. Typically the US Open is played on a course with tight, tree-lined fairways, and feature slick treacherous greens. However, this year, the Championship will be played at Chambers Bay in the Pacific Northwest, which is a links style golf course with similarities to the courses played for the Open Championship in Scotland.

Chambers Bay is located along the coastline of the Puget Sound, a common thread among links courses, in University Place, Washington. The golf course opened in 2007, and was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. with thrilling views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Famed Riviera Hotel & Casino Closes; Makes Way For New Convention Center Expansion Project

The Riviera Hotel and Casino has endured the Rat Pack, rapid population growth, increased competition, multiple bankruptcies, and recessions. However, there is one thing that the famed iconic hotel could never outlive: progress. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is in the midst of finalizing plans and acquiring land for a gargantuan expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center, already the largest in the country.

The Riviera sits on a key 26-acre parcel of land within easy walking distance to the Convention Center, and plans call for its demolition soon in an effort to connect with the expansion of the center. The LVCVA wants to create a colossal Global Business District and the land where the Riviera currently stands will make way for the connection and evolution of the convention center while giving access to the Strip at the same time.

2015 Masters Tournament Golf Odds

The PGA Tour makes its annual pilgrimage to one of the great golf courses in the world this week – Augusta National Golf Club for The Masters. The course provides a great challenge to all of the participants each year and currently plays to 7435 yards. The event began in 1934, with Bobby Jones and Dr. Alister Mackenzie collaborating to design the famed golf course. Initially, for the first five years, the tournament was called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament at Jones’ insistence. However, Clifford Roberts, an investment banker from New York, suggested the tournament be referred to as The Masters Tournament. After the first five years of the tournament, Jones finally gave in and agreed to the name change.

2014 Las Vegas Visitation Statistics: A New Record and Beyond

Las Vegas has flirted with the 40 million-visitor barrier for a few recent years, having come up short each time. However, 2014 took that 40 million milestone and shattered it. With new attractions in the city, the SLS Hotel and Casino opening, new events to go with the traditional ones in the city, in addition to a steadily improving economy in the United States, led to Las Vegas setting a visitation record and is now looking forward to the next milestone.

The improved statistics were numerous year-over-year, but here are a few of the highlights:

• Total Visitors - 41.126 million people, an increase of 3.7% from 2013

• Occupancy on the Strip was 88.8%, while Downtown was 78.8%. Citywide the room occupancy was 86.8%, and increase of 2.4%. This was also the highest annual occupancy since 2008.

• Average Daily Room Rate was $116.73, an increase of 5.4% from the year before. This is the 5th consecutive year that number has increased, and an increase of $6 from the year prior.

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