Harrah’s New Orleans says the cigarette ban imposed by the town a year ago this week has negatively impacted its gambling revenues and requirements to be held accountable for the casino’s volitile manner.
Harrah’s New Orleans state the citywide smoking ban is shuffling up revenues in the direction that is wrong.
Statistics supplied by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board seem to back those claims up. Gross gambling revenue at Harrah’s New Orleans totaled $23.9 million in March, down nearly 21 percent through the $30.2 million the casino produced in the same month during 2015.
Since 2007, all Louisiana workplaces and restaurants have already been smoke-free, but the law didn’t use to casinos and bars. Following a unanimous New Orleans City Council vote and Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s (D) signature, a city ordinance went into effect on April 22, 2015, that banned smoke smoking and vaping on the casino floor.
‘ Slot revenue, Harrah’s source that is largest of revenue, happens to be impacted probably the most with slot revenue down 17 % in the time scale following ordinance’s impact compared to prior year,’ Harrah’s spokeswoman Jade Brown-Russell claimed. ‘In the 12 months impacted by the smoking ban, Harrah’s has experienced gaming income declines in 10 of the 12 months.’
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