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Major Vegas Resorts Close Due to Coronavirus as Travelers Flock to Campgrounds Instead

March 16, 2020

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(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

On Sunday, 14 major Las Vegas hotel-casino properties announced that they'd be closing down from March 17 through at least the end of the month due to coronavirus concerns. The resorts are operated by MGM and Wynn-Encore, and their temporary closures come as many big-name acts--including Cirque du Soleil and David Copperfield--have canceled upcoming Sin City shows. Meanwhile, The Los Angeles Times reports that the one corner of the travel and leisure sector that isn't suffering seems to be campgrounds. “We’ve actually had record bookings the last couple of days,” said Nick Devane, founder and chief executive of Texino, a company that rents and customizes camping vans. "I think people want to avoid airports and they want to get away from cities, and camping is a way to do both."