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COVID-19 & Nevada’s Tourism Industry

Updated as of March 20, 2020

From the start of this evolving situation, the Resort Industry’s priority has been the health and safety of our employees, guests and fellow residents. Our thoughts are with those affected by COVID-19, their family members and the medical and health care personnel caring for these individuals.

We recognize Governor Sisolak and his medical advisory team gave careful and thoughtful consideration to the decision to close casinos until April 16, 2020, as well as to close nonessential businesses. We understand this action is in the best interest of public health. During this time, we encourage Nevadans to stay well, stay strong and to stay home.

Our industry continues to work closely with the Governor and state and local public health agencies on their directives and guidance to continue to ensure strong public health measures are in place to respond to COVID-19 in the community.

While our members’ operations may be closed, they remain hard at work. Since the closure announcement, Nevada’s resort companies have been donating perishable food by the truckloads to Las Vegas’ Three Square Food Bank and other food pantries and social services providers across the state. Our members are also donating much needed supplies and resources to various nonprofits and local agencies to help meet the challenge we all face together. Click here to see the many ways Nevada's resort industry is helping the community.

In addition to health and safety implications COVID-19 presents, the Nevada Resort Association has also been closely monitoring the economic consequences the virus poses to Nevada’s economy. No other state in America depends on travel and tourism at the magnitude Nevada does.

As the state’s No. 1 industry, we are the largest employer, the largest taxpayer and the economic foundation the state thrives upon. Briefly, Nevada’s tourism industry is responsible for:

  • 40% of Nevada’s General Fund revenue
  • Supporting more than 450,000 jobs (one in three jobs in Nevada)
  • $20 Billion in wages and salaries annually
  • $1.8 Billion in industry-specific fees and taxes
  • $75 Billion in annual economic output (45 percent of the state’s aggregate output)

The virus is causing an unprecedented economic situation that will have severe financial ramifications for individuals, families, businesses and state and local budgets across the state. We’re working with Nevada’s Congressional Delegation to secure critical relief and recovery assistance from Capitol Hill. Nevada simply cannot be left behind.

While each passing hour brings new challenges for our country and our state, working together, we’ll get through it.

The following documents provide insight into COVID-19’s financial impact on Nevada’s largest industry.

To help you stay informed, we recommend the following resources.