25 Fascinating Facts About People Who Visit Las Vegas

Much like Las Vegas itself, visitors to Sin City can’t be summed up with mere numbers or percentages. Oh, who are we kidding? Everything can be summed up with numbers and percentages!

Each year, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority does just that with its fascinating Las Vegas Visitor Profile. The 2014 installment of the report reveals a treasure trove of nuanced travel trends. Since this Las Vegas blog doesn’t do nuance, we’re just going to cut and paste some of the more interesting facts about Las Vegas visitors below.

1. In 2014, 19% of visitors to Las Vegas said it was their first time visiting the city. Question: What took them so long?

2. 58% of visitors arrived via ground transportation, 42% arrived by air.

airport graphic

This was taken at the Las Vegas airport, and do you have to make everything dirty?

3. Las Vegas visitors in 2014 stayed an average of 3.2 nights and 4.2 days.

4. Over the course of their stay, Vegas visitors spent an average of $281.88 for food and drink. Mainly drink. Or maybe that’s just us.

5. Visitors spent an average of $47.56 for shows.

6. 71% of 2014 Vegas visitors said they gambled during their visit, down from 80% in 2010 and 77% in 2011. Slackers.

7. 10% of Vegas visitors had children (under 21) in their immediate party. Nobody’s perfect.

kids playing slot machines

The good news is parents can be trusted to keep their kids away from the casino floor. Actual parental competency may vary. Greatly.

8. The average gambling budget of Las Vegas visitors in 2014 was $530.11.

9. 65% of 2014 visitors attended shows during their stay, down from 72% the year before. We have no idea what accounts for the drop in show attendance. Duck Commander Musical wasn’t even a thing in 2014.

10. 19% of Las Vegas visitors in 2014 were from foreign countries. Which, when you think about it, most countries are. Foreign. Please try and keep up.

11. 36% of visitors said they’d visited downtown Las Vegas during their trip. That’s an increase of 6% over the prior year. We should work on commission.

12. Of those who visited downtown, 59% said the main reason was to see the Fremont Street Experience.

Fremont Street Experience

Visitorship to downtown increased after we started working there and began photographing Fremont Street with a fisheye lens. Coincidence?

13. 88% of Vegas visitors surveyed gambled on The Strip, 27% downtown, 6% on the Boulder Strip. The rest “gambled” by fornicating in a unisex restroom, unless we just made that part up.

14. When visitors were asked how many casinos they visited during their stay, the average was 5.7. The .7 was Casino Royale. It’s adorable.

15. Of visitors who said they planned to visit somewhere near Vegas before or after their Las Vegas visit (16% said “yes”), the three most popular destinations were the Grand Canyon (67%), Hoover Dam (51%) and Zion National Park (20%).

16. 8% of Vegas visitors said they’d been to a hotel nightclub that charged a cover charge.

17. 2% of those surveyed has visited a pool party or day club.

dayclub waitresses

Las Vegas dayclubs. Motto: Anywhere else, you’d be considered the hot one.

18. 77% of visitors who saw a show in Las Vegas went to a lounge act. Note: Those tend to be free, so not a giant leap in logic.

19. Among all the visitors surveyed, their average number of visits to Las Vegas over the past five years was 5.7.

20. 9% of visitors said they’d attended a convention, trade show or corporate meeting while in Las Vegas. Which is like being shot with a tranquilizer dart, but involving a lanyard.

21. 52% of visitors decided where to gamble after arriving in Las Vegas.

22. 7% of visitors said they’d visited a spa during their trip. Spas just whipped your ass, day clubs.

Caesars spa robe sauna

The spa at Caesars Palace has a special sauna specifically devoted to keeping robes warm. We’re not kidding.

23. 68% of visitors said they used the Internet to plan their Vegas trip. Side note: 100% of people used the Internet to read that statistic.

24. Of those who said they used used social media Web sites during their visit to plan their activities in Las Vegas (28% of all visitors surveyed), 51% said they used Facebook and 34% said they used Twitter.

25. 30% of visitors arrived in Las Vegas on a weekend, 70% arrived on a weekday.

Again, these numbers are for 2014, and the survey results were the result of first-person interviews with 3,600 randomly-selected visitors. Second-person interviews are so much less fun, don’t you think?

Hope you had as much fun looking these over as we did lifting them from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority report. (Here’s the entire report in .pdf format if you’re into that kind of thing.)

For the record, this is as close as we get to enjoying numbers. Other than the ones noting the alcohol content of distilled beverages, of course.

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  • Christopher J.

    I’ll be in Las Vegas in September. Staying downtown for the first time; mostly because of all the new stuff to see and do.

    • boulder steve

      Good move. You will also save money..the Strip is one big clip joint now

  • mmamn

    So, I was there last week and noticed all the building going on at Mandalay Bay. What are they putting in down there?
    Stayed at the ExCalibur, top floor facing NYNY and the new stadium. Had a good view from above and watching them install the roof panels.

    • Steven Brown

      Expansion to the convention space.

  • Travis Lauricella

    “25. 30% of visitors arrived in Las Vegas on a weekend, 70% arrived on a weekday.”
    Also, 30% of the week is a weekend. 70% is a weekday. (+/- 1.5%)

  • Bill Brash

    Only 2% went to a pool party & just 8% went to a nightclub yet a massive 88% gambled.
    Yet we still see massive emphasis on pool party & nightclub advertising..
    It appears to me that the folks in charge don’t know their own customer base 2% to 8% activities are simply fringe or niche passtimes, whereas 88% is the norm.

    • True, but you have to then inspect revenue and contribution margin from both channels. While maybe 8% seems paltry to the 88% of gamblers, running a nightclub, currently, can be a much more efficient use of resources. Just a thought.

      • Scott Roeben

        Agree, if by “efficient” you mean PEOPLE SPEND $10,000 for a bottle of Gray Goose!

  • TheRobin

    Where is also this stat; Las Vegas was yet again the runaway winner of the “Most Overrated City in the World”… congrats.


    • Scott Roeben

      You’re commenting on the wrong blog. “)

  • Danielle M

    “Vegas visitors spent an average of $281.88 for food and drink.” I like to think of myself as above average. $281 would barely get us through the day! 🙂

  • Jim Lee

    So the average budget of $530.11 in #8 is covering the average length of stay #3 of 3.2nights and 4.2 days? If so, I am finally above average.