While you might not immediately compare #Scottsdale to the busy Las Vegas Strip, there are a few similarities. Warm weather, a few casinos for those looking to do some gaming, and great food! However, some statistics around tourism last year suggest that Arizona might be in line for the “next Las Vegas” according to some.
An article previously posted in KJZZ explored the topic in more detail:
“It is kind of a little mini Vegas in my opinion but it has some room to grow,” he said. “I think Scottsdale’s market is just at the beginning of our upswing.“
Lea Diamond, a managing partner of the Lux Transportation company, said, “We see a lot of East Coast travel for bachelor and bachelorette parties and also a lot of pre-wedding parties.”
According to a report from the state tourism office, Phoenix and Central Arizona have seen steady gains in total travel related spending since 2010, growing by nearly 19 percent. By 2015, travelers spent roughly $1.36 billion in the area.
Breaking that down a bit, in 2015 Scottsdale saw roughly 8.6 million visitors, Tempe hosted 4 million, and overall, the Phoenix metro saw more than 19 million visitors.
You can read more through the link above to their article!