THE NUMBER OF VISITORS to Las Vegas dropped 1.5% in April, according to a report from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and visitor numbers were down .1% for the first four months of 2008. Gaming revenues for the Las Vegas area were down nearly 5% in April, according to the State of Nevada Gaming Control Board, representing one of the largest single-month declines in five years. Gaming taxes collected as Nevada state revenue were down 3.5% in April, marking the seventh month of the past 11 months that gaming tax revenue declined; that prompted Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons to call an emergency state budget meeting and declare that for the first time in more than 30 years, tax revenues have fallen below revenues from the previous year. “I believe we are in the midst of the worst fiscal crisis in the state’s history,” Gibbons said.
MEANWHILE, the number of travelers passing through McCarran Airport declined by 5.5% in April, according to a report from the Clark County Department of Aviation, nearly matching drops of 6% to 9% experienced over the months following Sept. 11, 2001. US Airways led the decline for major carriers, with a drop of 23.2%, followed by United, with a 9.3% drop, and American, with a drop of .09%. Southwest pulled off an increase of 2.7% and Delta reported an increase of 2.8%.
RESERVATIONS are now being accepted for Station Casinos’ new Aliante Station, scheduled to open in North Las Vegas late this year. The $675 million resort will feature 202 guestrooms and suites ranging in size from 400 to 1,500 square feet, complete with 42-inch plasma TVs, CD players, in-room audio entertainment systems and high-speed Internet. Room rates start at $59.99. Aliante Station also promises more than 14,000 square feet of meetings, convention and banquet space; six restaurants and a food court; a 16-screen movie theater; and a 600-seat entertainment concert venue. For more information, call (877) 477-7627 or visit www.aliantecasinohotel.com.
VIRGIN AMERICA AND MATCH.COM have joined forces to present “SuperFly” Wednesday night singles flights from San Francisco to Las Vegas. Travelers on select Virgin America Wednesday night flights enjoy two complimentary cocktails, nightclub-like mood lighting and Virgin America’s seat-to-seat chat feature. In-flight host Bob Guiney of ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” encourages guests “to meet their match and stir things up.” Upon arriving in Las Vegas, the party moves to Tao Lounge at the Venetian Las Vegas for a complimentary sponsored bar from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. SuperFly boarding passes also double as coupons, good for discounts and specials at select hotel and bar partners. For more information, visit www.virginamerica.com.
Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine
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