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Caesars’ has added fees for parking and upped the resort fees to nearly $40/night including tax. What exactly is a “resort fee” when it is not the same for all casinos? What do we get for it? A newspaper and wi-fi service? Sounds like they want us to stay in the rooms instead of gambling.
This is getting ridiculous. Can’t the casinos just be honest and say they are increasing their rates? We’ve been going to Vegas regularly for over 30 years BUT there comes a breaking point and I think Las Vegas has reached it. Dumping an average of $5000-10,000/trip for the right to pay resort fees and play tight machines is coming to an end. There are plenty of other options out there.
Maybe the big conglomerates should start listening to their customers instead of their overpaid Board of Directors.
John from Swanton, VT
Things really are at a tipping point, and I’m not kidding. My colleagues/competitors and I are talking about this often.
If every regular Las Vegas visitor cuts the number visit (on average) by one, visitation will start to fall off a cliff.
There are not enough conventions to replace those lost. Granted, on the upside, when visitation falls off a cliff, room rates drop dramatically. Which is good for the visitor, and punishes the hotels.
Just an FYI: It hurts those of us in the tourism promotions business on many levels. I think people get an impression that it somehow helps us, and just the opposite is true.
1. It is reducing the number of leisure visitors, which reduces the number of people we can market to. Conventions do us no good. They book in bulk (not through us), and are spoon fed information from the convention about Las Vegas.
2. They don’t go to shows. Shows have always been a main sales focus for us. If memory serves me correct, upwards of 20 shows closed this past year due to the emphasis on convention visitors.
3. We get screwed financially. When you click on one of the links or notes we run about such and such hotels having a sale (or similar), we make a small percentage of that transaction. Guess what we DON’T make any percentage of: THE RESORT FEE
Here’s the issue: Our Nevada US Senators and Representatives are going to introduce legislation to end resort fees when hell freezes over. MGM Resorts is the biggest employer in the state, and Caesars Entertainment isn’t far behind.
What we need is a movement of Las Vegas visitors who will take 10 minutes out of their life, look up their US delegation, and COMPLAIN about how misleading and fraudulent resort fees are, and urge FEDERAL legislation on the issue.
From the newsletter, I see that Caesars is raising resort fees at Las Vegas Resorts. Some of them are as high as $35. I recall a time not too long ago when room rates were that price.
Would lower revenues derived from gambling be the driving factor for the increases… or is that an oversimplification of what’s happening… or am I just totally clueless? (Can you tell I think the gambler is getting shoddy treatment?)
As always, thanks for the newsletter.
Mike from Syracuse, NY
A number of years ago now, Strip casinos figured that they could lower the blackjack pay and tighten the slots and no one would notice. However, that is mathematically impossible, as over time, the same amount the player is used to gambling simply won’t last as long. Losses will be higher, and win streaks will be shorter.
Gambling revenues started to fall as people played less, went downtown, or figured if the odds were bad, they might as well gamble closer to home.
Back in the day when the people running the town were gamblers themselves, they would have understood that. Today, the guy running MGM Resorts used to be a financial analyst and the guy running Ceasars Entertainment ran Hertz rental cars for years. Not exactly gaming guys.
So what did they do? Instead of saying “How do we get people to gamble more”., they said “Oh boy, people aren’t gambling as much. We have to look at other ways to bring revenue in”. BTW, gambling is the absolute cleanest source of revenue for a casino. Slot machines work on their own. One dealer can serve a number of table game players. You don’t need a huge dance floor, or a kitchen.
Interestingly enough, downtown casinos are starting to clean up as the word gets out that limits are lower, rules are better, and slots are looser. As we’ve noted previously, Strip gaming numbers were only up .04% in 2016 while Downtown numbers were up 10 times as much to 4%. Perhaps these Strip CEO’s should analyze that!
The spiral started from there. As they focused on other revenue, they continued to tighten the gambling component and comps. Which chased away more gaming revenue. The pendulum has swung so far, that now the focus is on people who eat and drink (at the inflated Strip prices), and people coming here for conventions. Conventioneers generally have to come and the philosophy is simply to fleece them on their yearly or bi-yearly visit. Which (guess what), does not encourage that visitor to return between conventions.
What myself and colleagues are seeing/hearing is that regular visitors are simply reducing the number of visits per year. As this happens, the CEO’s aren’t going to know what hit them.
80% of Las Vegas visitors are return visitors. If (on average) each of them just reduces one visit per year, the effects will be resounding. You can’t bring enough conventions into town to make up the difference.
We’re continuing to suggest people take their gambling play downtown or to the locals casinos. Both jurisdictions are looser than The Strip and comps are easier. Now that we live in the age of Uber and Lyft, the days of the $30 cab ride are GONE. You’ll save more on food and stretch your gaming dollar far enough to more than offset the ride.
And believe me, downtown and the locals casino owners know the game is on. Palace Station (exactly one mile from the SLS) is doing a major remodel. As is The Palms. Derek Stevens — owner of The D and Golden Gate — is making major improvements while keeping 3-2, $5 blackjack.
So, you can still come and enjoy our sunshine and sports better and world-class shows and celebrity chefs. But you then — for just a few dollars — Uber your way to a casino that cares about your business. Where a buffet won’t cost you much more than a complete meal at Subway and a nice steakhouse meal won’t set you back a mortgage payment.
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