But more travelers eye Vegas

Apr 15, 2008 7:01 PM

By David Stratton | In what might be considered rare good news for the casino industry, more travelers are expected to vacation in Las Vegas this year than they did last year.

That’s one of the conclusions drawn from TripAdvisor’s latest survey of worldwide travelers.

Specifically, 30 percent of travelers polled said they are visiting Las Vegas in the next 12 months, while only 26 percent said they visited Sin City over the past 12 months.

Not surprisingly, gambling is high on the list of priorities for many travelers. Thirty-six percent of worldwide respondents, and 42 percent of Americans, plan to gamble while on vacation in the next 12 months.

Moreover, 72 percent of respondents, and 80 percent of Americans said they have gambled while on vacation in their lifetime. Nineteen percent of travelers, and 26 percent of Americans said they have taken a vacation where the primary purpose for the trip was to gamble.

Here are other gambling related results of the survey:

• 44 percent of respondents said their favorite game at a casino is slots, followed by blackjack, and roulette

• 37 percent of respondents and 49 percent of Americans have gambled at a Native American casino

• 23 percent of travelers have gone off-shore to gamble

• 47 percent are willing to spend/lose less than $100, 36 percent between $100-$500, and 14 percent between $500-$2,000

• 8 percent said they will spend more money gambling this year than last year

• 17 percent said they have sat at a gambling table just for the free drinks

• 4 percent said they have hidden or lied about a vacation gambling loss

• The Bellagio in Las Vegas is the favorite casino, according to worldwide travelers

TripAdvisor is a worldwide, online travel network, wholly owned by Expedia, Inc. For more information visit its web site tripadvisor.com.