The American Gaming Association (AGA) announced that the total revenue of the gaming industry last year reached a record high of $53 billion, breaking the high level before 2021. And it is more than 20% higher, showing that after the implementation of strict epidemic prevention measures due to the new crown epidemic in 2020, the gambling addiction that gamblers suffocated finally broke out last year. In 2022, casinos across the United States were forced to close their doors for many months due to epidemic prevention restrictions, dragging down the total annual gaming industry revenue to only $30 billion.
Casinos Remain Largest Source of U.S. Gaming Industry Revenue
With the gradual lifting of epidemic prevention restrictions last year and the reopening of casinos, gamblers and tourists who have been bored for too long have flocked to casino restaurants to entertain, causing the total revenue of the US gaming industry to surge by 76% last year compared with 2020.
AGA CEO Bill Miller called last year’s U.S. gaming industry’s revenue performance “unparalleled.”
Mainly due to the substantial growth in revenue from sports betting, gambling sites, and traditional casinos.
More and more parts of the United States are moving towards legalizing gambling. Gambling is currently legal in 33 states, including the District of Columbia, and 23 of them recorded a record year of gambling revenue last year.
Gambling revenue from slot machines and gaming tables in casinos across the United States,
It was as high as $45 billion last year, 6.6% higher than in 2019. Based on the total gaming industry revenue of $53 billion last year, it is equivalent to 85% of the revenue from casinos.
Both sports betting and gambling sites saw significant growth in revenue last year, with the former amounting to more than $4 billion and the latter about $3.7 billion.
Although Miller is “optimistic” that gaming industry revenue will continue to grow this year, he emphasized that the development of the gaming industry is still very dependent on tourism and the full recovery of large-scale events.
These all require a safe public health environment and the economy to remain open.
Las Vegas is currently trying to get business back to normal at local casinos and restaurants. MGM Resorts International
Bill Hornbuckle, CEO of MGM Resorts, said the number of visitors to its casino hotels in January “shrinked dramatically” due to the Omicron variant. However, as the number of new confirmed cases of the new crown in a single day has begun to decline, he is optimistic that its hotel reservation rate will once again exceed the level of 2021.
Las Vegas Tourists Return to Sightseeing and Gaming Industry is Expected to Recover
Circa’s Stadium Swim rooftop bar, sportsbook and pool complex was packed for March Madness, and the recent increase in Las Vegas visitor numbers has fueled a strong and record-setting game.
More than 3.33 million people visited southern Nevada last month, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) revealed in its March 2022 executive summary. That’s an increase of nearly 50% from the same period last year, and less than 10% from 10% before the pandemic in March 2019. The pickup in traffic last month was mainly due to the resumption of large-scale conventions, which totaled 494,200 visitors, an increase of 1,500% year-on-year.
With more people in town, casino hotel rooms are better utilized The LVCVA report shows that the market’s 150,692 hotel room occupancy rate is 80.6%, a 25% increase from 2021.
Just as importantly, the average daily rate (ADR) for rooms soared 63% to $163. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) — a measure calculated by dividing room revenue by total room allocation — soared 137% to $131.50.
Las Vegas casinos are also doing well, with Clark County’s gross gaming revenue (GGR) hitting a record $1.178 billion last month. The Las Vegas Strip was in charge of $746.2 million, and state casinos won more than $1 billion for the 13th straight month.
Las Vegas visitor numbers are on a two-month positive trend. While January ’22 visitor numbers were still 27% lower than the same month in 2019, February was down 18% and March was only 10% below pre-pandemic figures.
This week’s NFL draft on the Las Vegas Strip will help April’s visitor numbers, further adding to the market’s optimistic summer outlook.
There’s a lot of ‘wow’ here, said Michael Lawton, senior research analyst at the Nevada Gaming Control Board, of last month’s gaming performance. “The March results further support strong demand for gaming events and consistent consumer spending behavior across multiple customer segments.” The LVCVA expects the NFL Draft tomorrow to add to April’s visitor totals About 1 million visitors.
Las Vegas’ room inventory expanded this week as the Palms reopened. The property reopened under new ownership two years after the strip resort closed in mid-March 2020 due to the pandemic. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians said 766 rooms and suites are available for reuse.