Nigro Construction, a longtime local contractor, is so bullish on Las Vegas that it is continuing to build non-gaming hotels miles from the famed Las Vegas Strip during one of the worst times in the history of the industry.
According to data provider STR, hotel occupancy nationwide was just 44% in 2020. That’s down from 66% in 2019 and the lowest number on record, as the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic downturn have discouraged people from traveling and eroded lodging industry profits.
Likewise, hotel occupancy in the usually bustling Las Vegas market is as low as it has been in recent memory, with some resorts on the Strip recently closing during weekdays due to decreased demand.
Such sobering statistics haven’t stopped Nigro from doubling down on its hometown. Since 2008, Nigro Construction has built four non-gaming hotels in underserved suburban areas of Southern Nevada. Even during this ongoing pandemic, the company has started building its fifth such hotel, with plans to develop a sixth.
“There is no playbook for building hotels during a global pandemic, but our existing hotels are continuing to do well, even throughout the pandemic, and we’re confident that the industry will make a comeback by the time our new hotels open,” said Michael Nigro, president of Nigro Construction.
Nigro’s local hotel developments include:
- TownePlace Suites by Marriott at 4400 Nexus Way in North Las Vegas – Scheduled for completion early in 2022, this property features more than 71,000 square feet of space and 119 suites. Nigro broke ground on the project in November of 2020 and will own and operate the property via the Nigro Development side of the family-owned company.
- Residence Inn by Marriott at 3225 St. Rose Parkway in Henderson – Completed in 2019, this nearly 80,000-square-foot limited-service property was constructed by Nigro Construction and is also owned and operated by Nigro Development.
- Fairfield Inn by Marriott at 5701 Sky Pointe Drive in Las Vegas – Completed in 2019, this nearly 50,000-square-foot property was built by Nigro, which also owns and operates the extended-stay hotel.
- Hampton Inn by Hilton at 3245 St. Rose Parkway in Henderson – Completed in 2008, this 250-room hotel was built by Nigro Construction and is owned and operated by Nigro.
- Siena Suites at 6555 Boulder Highway in Las Vegas – Completed in 2008 and sold in 2018, this extended-stay, 600-room property was constructed by Nigro Construction and was owned and operated by Nigro until the company sold the property.
Nigro said his company is planning to build and operate a sixth suburban hotel in the Las Vegas area, a Springhill Suites by Marriott with about 51,000 square feet of space.
Some hotel industry analysts are predicting a slow recovery from this pandemic-driven downturn, with nationwide occupancy rates staying below 2019 levels possibly through 2024. Even now, as vaccination efforts boost hopes for a rebound in leisure and business travel, the virus and its various strains are still depressing demand, leaving some to wonder when corporate travelers and meeting planners will start booking rooms again at anything approaching pre-pandemic levels.
Well aware of such industry headwinds, Nigro points out that Las Vegas has always bounced back from previous recessions and will eventually do so again. The company has also found a unique niche in the market, developing and operating limited-service hotels in growing but underserved outlying areas of Southern Nevada.