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Vegas visitors are younger, gambling less

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:23 a.m. HST, May 29, 2014

LAS VEGAS  >> A statistical snapshot of Las Vegas visitors finds a younger crowd with fewer gamblers spending more money on food and drink than five years ago.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released a visitor profile for 2013 on Tuesday that found that almost four of five visitors were married, and almost nine out of 10 earned more than $40,000 a year.

The 103-page report, based on thousands of surveys conducted throughout 2013, finds the average age of visitors now is just under 46. That's four years younger than in 2009.

Their average spending on food and drink during a four-plus day stay was just under $279, and 72 percent attended shows.

The proportion who gambled was 71 percent -- down from 83 percent five years ago.

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false wrote:
Our local seniors help keep the statistics high.
on May 29,2014 | 09:28AM
nitpikker wrote:
yeah, i guess mainland seniors go to indian casinos, riverboats, atlantic city, etc.
on May 29,2014 | 12:13PM
inverse wrote:
When is Hawaii going to stop this charade of pretending gambling is not already a big part of most Hawaii residents lifestyle and legalize gambling in Hawaii with a tightly controlled State lottery and a SINGLE casino managed by a private gaming contractor and located deep in the bow els of the Hawaii Convention center that will be available for both Hawaii residents and visitors. Convention center bookings will skyrocket when the wealthier groups like MD's, dentists, lawyers. big business, etc can book a Hawaii convention then after their hard day at their seminar they can either hit the beach, shopping center or Casino. Make it local friendly as well and make part of the casino look a little like Boyds in LV so grandpa/ grandma once in the enter the Hawaii casino they will think they are in LV. Also garans Boyds and Haw airlines will lobby by giving away big $$ to make sure legislatures veto any such bill.
on May 29,2014 | 01:40PM
boshio wrote:
Easier yet, just legalize a city and state lottery, where all ticket sales outlets are located only in Waikiki.
on May 29,2014 | 01:49PM
iwanaknow wrote:
These are wonderful ideas that the politicians will never endorse...........now if you could convince them that this is another stream of $ they could dip their beak in.............watch what happens?
on May 29,2014 | 03:51PM
Bumby wrote:
With the cost of food less and the price of shows reasonably price and of course the room rates being far less than most cities, why not go to Vegas and enjoy and not gamble with everything in close proximity. Young people getting Akamai. The older generation when Vegas was first introduced to the tourist were drawing the gamblers at heart. Not today thus in the future the cost of food, rooms, shows will go up in price because gambling profits will continue to go down.
on May 29,2014 | 02:07PM
Dtab wrote:
with the cost of local kamaaina rates for hotel room and meals out there, my wife and I refuse to travel outer island and do a staycation, my 11 yr old son use to ask about Disneyland, but after his first trip to Vegas and Circus Circus and the many cheap family activities my son always look forward to trips to Vegas, but please Hawaiian Air don't ruin it and drive prices sky high!!!!
on May 29,2014 | 04:04PM
HD36 wrote:
Older people, baby boomers in particular, have been through the 1987 market crash, the internet bubble, and the 2007/008 housing and finance collapse. What money they have left is for what's necessary and retirement. Over 75% of Americans don't have 6 months worth of expenses saved up. A lot of the younger generation is saddled with student loans and low paying jobs. You don't feel like gambling if you're not bringing home the bacon.
on May 29,2014 | 05:50PM
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