Vegas visitors get younger

Apr 18, 2006 1:30 AM

Visitors to Las Vegas got younger and spent more in 2005 than a year earlier, paying more for gambling, rooms, food and drink, and shopping, according to the LVCVA’s 2005 Las Vegas Visitor Profile.

The addition of hot nightspots the last several years has boosted trips made by the Generation X crowd, said Kevin Bagger, research director for the LVCVA.

"Part of this is in response to the addition of significant nightclub and nightlife opportunities the hotels have provided in the last four or five years," Bagger said.

"Every major resort on the Strip has a nightclub," he said. "That definitely appeals to the younger visitor."

The bulk of visitors remain the Baby Boomers, he added, but the average age fell to 47.7 years old from 49. The average age in 2003 was 50.2 years old.

The average gambling budget per trip increased from $545 to $627, while spending on food and drinks increased $10 to $248. Shopping outlays rose from $124 to $137, while nightly room spending for those without package deals rose from $86 to $100.