Tag Archives: Las Vegas

Why do you come to Las Vegas?

Las Vegas has been hit hard during the economic downturn.  Working in the industry (currently @ the Las Vegas Hilton), I’ve noticed a dramatic change in customer behavior.  People are still visiting Las Vegas, but they are spending less while they are here.

Before the recession hit, the restaurants and lounges were bursting at the seams during the weekend.  You had to wait in lines to get in to restaurants, lounges, and night clubs.  Now, you can easily get in to any of these places…..of course, except the night clubs, where you have to always wait in line.   The tables and slot machines were packed with customers and table minimums were higher.  I understand that people’s disposable income has been hit hard by the economy, so they are not spending as much as they did in the past.  However, the odd thing is that I see a lot of people here in the city during the weekend.  That means their spending money to fly/drive here, rent a room, and play for a few days.  Weekend occupancy levels are too bad in town.

If they aren’t eating, drinking, or gambling…..what are they doing?  Staying in their room, watching TV?  I doubt it.

So, I would love to hear from you, the Las Vegas visitor……why do you come to Las Vegas?  Have you been here in the past 12 months?  If so, what did you do?  How did you spend your money?  Business or Pleasure?  Do you plan to return soon?  What can we (Las Vegas) do better as a vacation destination?

Please join the conversation, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Are You Ready For Some Football?

Football season officially kicked off this year, no pun intended, with the start of College Football last weekend and NFL this week.  1,000’s of sports bettors will flock to Las Vegas sports books.  After living in Vegas for over 16 years, here are some random observations I’ve made: Continue reading

Restaurant Review – Mix @ THE Hotel (Mandalay Bay)

Last week, I had a friend, Scott, visit from Chicago.  I hadn’t seen him in 8 years and he wanted to go out to a nice restaurant with my wife and I.  Since it had been over 8 years since he was in Vegas, I decided to make reservations at Mix, which is located on the 64th floor of THE hotel @ Mandalay Bay.  Mix is known around town as a chic, high end restaurant. Continue reading

Star Trek Convention – 2009

Every year Star Trek fans from all over the planet converge for one week on the Las Vegas Hilton.  They are affectionately known as “Trekkies”.  To the outside world, it may seem a little odd, but within their community speaking in Klingon (tlhIngan Hol in Klingon) or having in-depth discussions about Episode V in Season 2 is as common place as a blue, pin-striped suit is on Wall Street. Continue reading