Las Vegas visitors getting younger |

Las Vegas visitors getting younger

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Visitors to Las Vegas got younger and spent more in 2005 than a year earlier, paying more for gambling, rooms, food and drink and shopping, tourism officials said Wednesday.

The addition of hot nightspots in the past several years has boosted trips made by the Generation X crowd, said Kevin Bagger, research director for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

“Part of this is in response to the addition of significant nightclub and nightlife opportunities the hotels have provided in the last four or five years,” Bagger said.

“Every major resort on the Strip has a nightclub, whether it is Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas, Rain at the Palms, Ra at Luxor or Pure at Caesars Palace,” he said. “That definitely appeals to the younger visitor.”

The average gambling budget per trip increased from $545 to $627, while spending on food and drinks rose $10 to $248. Shopping outlays rose from $124 to $137.