Reno is recovering from the pandemic faster than Las Vegas.
Reno is seeing foot traffic, gaming revenue and occupancy rates nearing pre-pandemic levels.
Experts told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the two reasons Northern Nevada is doing better are a more diversified economy and a gaming industry that is more dependent on road traffic than flights.
Reno's gaming numbers are in line with national predictions that regional and local gaming markets would improve faster than major destinations like Las Vegas, which also counts on a lot of international travelers.
Officials say that the Reno area’s winter outdoor activities and the ability to market those have aided the recovery of the tourism industry.
Meanwhile, without conventions, Las Vegas struggles to find ways to attract visitors.