Sin City? More like Wedded Bliss Central. Contrary to popular belief that says most Las Vegas tourists are 21-year-olds looking to get plastered, party, and meet a different Mr. or Mrs. Right Now for each night, it turns out that the majority of Las Vegas tourists are married couples in their forties.
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the average Las Vegas tourist is 45 years old and married. Their income is at least $40,000. And they live in California, which makes sense given its close proximity to Las Vegas (you can drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in about 4 hours).
But married doesn’t mean they packed the kids into the car and check in to a Marriott off the strip. Most tourists came to Vegas as a couple, leaving the kids at home. They spent an average of $281.88 on food and drinks, about $150 to shop, and each one budgeted just over $530 to gamble (that’s per person, not per couple).
The biggest side trip that Las Vegas tourists made wasn’t even in Las Vegas. Many tourists opted for day trips to the Grand Canyon.
But if you’re single and reading this, discourage by the abundance of married couples, don’t be. It turns out 21-29 year olds are stilling heading to Vegas in record numbers. They account for 17 percent of tourists, which is actually up from the 2010 numbers.
Some other surprising info revealed? We all know that Las Vegas is considered to be the wedding capital of America, if not the world. There have been lots of movies about weddings or honeymoons in Vegas, including the hit motion picture Honeymoon in Vegas and the not-so-much-of-a-hit made-for-TV movie, Saved By The Bell: Wedding In Las Vegas.
But the truth is that of all those surveyed, besides coming to try their luck, just 3% admitted to being in town to get married or attend a wedding. That leads us to believe that either people aren’t getting married in Las Vegas or they are doing so on a whim the day before they leave.
Have you been to Las Vegas recently? Sound off and let us know what attracted you there, who you went with, and if you match up with the latest survey’s findings.