Las Vegas — Can you trust a gambler to tell you the truth about how much cash he’s blown?
The Las Vegas Review-Journal raised the intriguing question this week when reporting on Sin City’s annual visitor profile study, a gauge of who’s visiting Las Vegas and where their money is going.
By many measures, Las Vegas tourism is starting to regain its footing, though officials are concerned that a spike in gas prices or other financial turmoil could stall the nascent recovery. In 2011, for example, gambling revenue at casinos on the Strip was up 5.1% compared with the prior year.
But in the 2011 visitor study, tourists said they banked $447.63 for gambling on average, a drop from $466.20 in 2010, the Review-Journal reported. That's despite the fact that tourists said they spent more on food, shopping, sightseeing and hotel rooms in 2011 than in 2010.