Las Vegas expected to benefit from reopening of borders with Canada and Mexico
Las Vegas, the highest revenue gaming market in North America, is expected to get a big boost in the coming weeks as the federal government has decided to reopen the borders for gambling & entertainment enthusiasts from Canada and Mexico. The northern and southern borders of the US to non-essential foreign travelers were closed on 21st of March last year, after the deadly Covoid-19 pandemic hit the region. More than one and a half year later, the U.S. authorities have decided to reopen the borders.
The country’s northern borders with Canada and southern borders with Mexico will be reopened in early November for anyone who will be fully vaccinated against the deadly infection.
The US closed its northern and southern borders to nonessential travelers on March 21, 2020. More than a year and a half later, the entries are set to reopen in early November to all foreigners, so long as they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Homeland Security Department Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed in a statement that fully-vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexicowill be allowed to enter the U.S. for non-essential purposes, including to make visits to friends and family or for tourism via land as well as ferry border crossings.
Only a month ago, the U.S. authorities lifted country-based travel bans. With the planned lifting of the international travel ban by reopening of the borders with Canada and Mexico, Las Vegas casino industry is expected to get a big boost as international visitor traffic from the two neighboring countries will improve.
Announcing the planned opening of the northern and southern border gates, Mayorkas said, “Cross-border travel creates significant economic activity in our border communities and benefits our broader economy. We are pleased to be taking steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner.”
Mexican and Canadian governments had long been calling on the U.S. authorities to reopen the borders to provide a much-needed boost to economic activity. The casino resort industry, which has been struggling since the onset of health crisis early last year, is expected to benefit from the lifting of the border ban a lot as the two countries represent the lion’s share of Las Vegas’ annual international travel. In 2019, prior to the pandemic, Canadian and Mexican visitors accounted for 26.2 per cent and 19.8 per cent of total international visitations to Las Vegas.
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