Issue 60
October 30 - November 5, 2001
Volume 2
page 2

International Travel To Vegas
Down 40 Percent

LAS VEGAS - Recent statistics from McCarran International Airport show that airline traffic to Las Vegas, especially from Japan and Mexico, was hardest hit by the downturn following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

International travel has fared worse than domestic travel. At McCarran's Terminal 2, which accommodates international and charter flights, the number of passengers was down 40 percent, from 110,278 passengers this September compared with 183,905 a year earlier. Domestic travel at Terminal 1was down 27.7 percent. Mexico, Las Vegas' No. 3 international market, has dried up as a source of visitors.

"People are scared to fly," says Biridiana Vazquez of Swissport, the company that handles ticketing and ground operations for AeroMexico. "We (AeroMexico) have had to cancel flights (Tuesday and Wednesday) because there haven't been enough passengers." Canada, the top international market for Las Vegas, has had a downturn in travel to Las Vegas, but nothing as dramatic as the Japan and Mexico markets.

Treasure Chest Announces Layoffs - NEW ORLEANS. LA -The Treasure Chest Casino announced October 25 that it has laid off 80 of its 1,200 employees. Casino officials cited a slowdown in the number of gamblers visiting the Kenner-based riverboat since the Sept. 11 attacks. Boyd Gaming Corporation, which owns the riverboat casino, said that the laid-off employees worked in various departments. Casino spokesperson Rob Stillwell said that the company hopes to re-hire the employees when business returns to normal. Boyd said that the casino's gambling revenue between Sept. 11 and Sept. 30 was up by 4 percent compared to last year, but that attendance declined by 4 percent during the same period. New Orleans area's two other riverboat casinos, Bally's and the Boomtown Belle, said that they are maintaining current employee levels.

Delta Downs Vying For Slots - LAKE CHARLES, LA - State gambling regulators will meet Tuesday to consider a license for slot machines at Delta Downs, a new racetrack located near Lake Charles. If the racetrack is successful, it would increase competition in Louisiana for Texas gambling dollars. There are currently four riverboat casinos in Lake Charles. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board approved a fifth riverboat for Lake Charles last month.

New York-New York Hotel Casino Opens New Sports Book Lounge - LAS VEGAS - New York-New York Hotel Casino recently opens a new hi-tech sports book next to ESPN Zone in the casino. There are 46 televisions with 16 that are 61-inches, live ppol totals and nanno-second track information. Set in a New York city playground motif, this is sure to be a comfortable stop-over for sports buffts.

The Greek Isle Opens Slots - LAS VEGAS, The Greek Isle is now open with slots only and a Greek restaurant in the space where the Debbie Reynolds casino stood.

USO Benefit Concert

Mandalay Bay Resort Casino will host the 2001 USO Benefits Concert at its Events Center on November 11.

Vegas Strip performers from various hotels will come together for this benefit concert for the USO. Scheduled to perform include Bill Acosta, Bob Anderson, Lance Burton, Clint Holmes, Wayne Newton, the Scintas, Siegfried & Roy and Earl Turner.

SHOWTIME: 2 p.m.

TICKETS: $25 plus tax

For more information please call:
(702) 632-7580 or (877) 632-7400
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