Las Vegas casinos brace for loss of Chinese tourism as coronavirus spreads

  • More worries after the US government restricted travel from China in response to the outbreak. This resulted in fewer tourists arriving from Asia. 
  • Las Vegas casinos warn investors of travel restrictions that could negatively affect their businesses 
  • 4% of International tourists arriving at Las Vegas come from China.
  • How to reduce exposure and transmission of the virus

Las Vegas-based casinos are worried that the coronavirus wide-speed will harm their businesses. 

Worries high-ten after the US government restricted travel from China in response to the outbreak. This resulted in fewer tourists arriving from Asia. 

McKimmy who works near the Bellagio said, “I definitely have seen a lot more people, in general, walking around wearing masks.”

MBC News mentions that “Business analysts and gambling experts say it’s largely too soon to tell, though U.S.-based casino companies, including MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts Ltd. and Las Vegas Sands Corp., have warned investors in annual reports over the past month that travel restrictions could negatively affect their Las Vegas properties.”

Chinese tourism in Sin City

4% of International tourists arriving at Las Vegas come from China. The Convention and Visitors Authority said that overall visitor and hotel occupancy increased by 9% for January compared to the same month last year. 

On the other hand, hotel room rates have dropped for March which suggests the possibility of multiple cancellations connected to the coronavirus. 

It is worth mentioning that Vegas has diversified into mass-market-oriented revenue streams, including world-class nightlife and restaurants.

Some businesses are not heavily concerned as they rely on tourism coming from California, estimated to comprise around 21% of domestic travellers to LAs Vegas. 

How to protect yourself from the virus?

The Novel virus is part of a large family of viruses which attacks the respiratory system. “About 30% of the common colds that adults experience are actually coronaviruses,” said Karen Duus, an associate professor in microbiology and immunology at Touro University Nevada in Henderson. 

The World Health Organisation provided their recommendation for the general public to help reduce exposure and transmission of the virus;

  • Frequently clean your hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough;
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
I'm Adam Shaw, Senior Editor and one of the first members at VegasSlots. I'm a massive football sports fan but also love casinos and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Gaming runs in the family

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