43% of visitors who stayed downtown "definitely will" return to Las Vegas next year compared to only 25% of those that stayed on the Strip. Those same downtown guests would 'definitely recommend' Vegas to others 53% of the time while 41% of Strip guests said the same.
For those more into demographic breakdowns:
· 73% Married
· 42% College Grads
· 35% over age 65; 21% aged 40-49
· 36% reported household income more than $80,000; 28% earned $60,000-$79,999
· 62% visit from the western states while only 4% come from the east coast
The most interesting number of all to us is 2011. To that point, a large part of going downtown was for the Fremont Street Experience, cheap booze, and fried twinkies. In the last year, however, change has quickly taken over downtown. VegasChatter has chronicled the opening of the the Smith Center, the addition of more restaurants and bars, the re-theming of the Fitz, a Grand renovation in the works, a destination worthy Neon Museum and even the coming of a praying mantis-approved shopping, retail, and dining park.
What will this poll tell us in one year, two, or five years from now? Will the Smith Center alone be enough for the 'Other' category to take a chunk out of the FSE 64%? Will more and more tourists turn their attention downtown to eat, drink, shop and conquer Slotzilla? Or, will Vegas locals be the primary beneficiaries of the Downtown revolution?
Grab all the numbers and view all the pie charts you can eat on the LVRDA website. Then leave us with your thoughts below. Now, that they're building it, who will come -- and how often?