March 22, 2017 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Las Vegas Shows

Britney Spears has topped $100 million in ticket sales since she launched her namesake Las Vegas show, “Britney: Piece of Me,” in 2013. So why stop now?

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Las Vegas Dining

Great Vegas Festival of Beer, Nevada’s largest beer festival, has announced the lineup of activities for its seventh annual event. For the first time, Great Vegas will span two days with the introduction of Mad Craft Experience on Friday, April 7 and the Great Vegas Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 8.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Venture to great depths of the unknown at the world’s first Polar Journey exhibit, now open adjacent to Shark Reef Aquarium inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. This interactive experience gives guests a glimpse into the Earth’s polar regions and the animals that call them home.

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Las Vegas Gambling

An IGT “Wheel Of Fortune” 25-cent progressive jackpot hit on Friday at the Monte Carlo on the Strip for about $585,000. No other information or the identify of the winner was available

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Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – Instead of the news, this week we’ll be focusing on readers questions and comments aboout the latest resort fee hikes. We’ll cover all of that this week down in Members Mania.

Hope that you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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Chef Alvin Cailan – The Fairfax Sandwich At Eggslut In The Cosmopolitan

Salt, chives, siracha mayo & the best scrambled eggs you’ve had … discover how Chef Alvin Cailan of Eggslut makes magic with the Fairfax Sandwich.

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Zowie Bowie – Live On Fremont Street Experience

One of the most well-known acts in Las Vegas, Zowie Bowie brings a unique blend of the hottest dance, hip-hop, and Top 40 music. You can catch them for free every Thursday night at 10 PM next to The D at the Fremont Street Experience!

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Las Vegas – Hoover Dam Tour 2016

Still not sure if you want to venture just outside of Las Vegas to see one of the wonders of the world? Let this video help you decide. Then, see it for yourself by booking a tour!


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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

 

Ted Responds:

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.

Ted Newkirk


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

 

Ted Responds:

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.

Ted Newkirk


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March 15, 2017 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Las Vegas Shows

Backstreet’s back, alright! Last night, the best-selling boy band of all time, Backstreet Boys, proved to be “Larger Than Life” at their premiere performance of the appropriately-titled “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life.”

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Las Vegas Dining

Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Las Vegas chefs are joining forces and creating a unique collaborative dinner series called “Tour de Emeril.” Kicking off March 31 at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, this series celebrates the strengths and talents of Chef Emeril’s four Las Vegas restaurants and their respective chefs de cuisine.

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Las Vegas Hotels

Forbes Travel Guide recently unveiled its annual Star Ratings, naming Restaurant Guy Savoy and The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace as part of this prestigious list. The renowned Restaurant Guy Savoy earned Five Stars and the world-class destination resort received Four Stars.

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Other Las Vegas News

Sitting on “billionaire’s row,” the megamansion features a Zen garden inside, a gym, elevators, a movie theater and even a nightclub. And last year, it fetched the highest price ever for a Las Vegas house.

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Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – Springtime is sports time here in The Vegas. We had no less than four college basketball tournaments over the past couple of weeks (leading up to this one), with our spring NASCAR race and the Pac-12 basketball tournament this past weekend. I say our “spring” race, because it was just announced that we are getting a fall race as well. NASCAR fans love their Vegas!

My brother and nephew were in town to root on the Oregon Ducks, which unfortunately lost the title game due to a key injury. But, they had a great time. Saturday’s weather was sunny and near 80, so they took advantage of getting out to Red Rock Canyon and Bonnie Springs Old Nevada for the train ride and the wild west show. Note: Bonnie Springs is open daily, but the train and show only take place on weekends.

March Madness is in full swing as we send this out. The town is filled to the brim of people yelling at TV’s, sports betting tickets in hand. If you’ve never done a March Madness “guys trip”, you need to put it on your bucket list. Even if you (or some of your group) aren’t the biggest basketball fans, you’ll be amazed at how much into the games you get when you have some money riding on them!

Plus, while many of you are shoveling snow, March Madness visitors are being treated to warmer-than-usual weather with highs near 90 through the weekend. Wednesday, temps plunge back into the 70’s, which is the norm for this time of year.

Making Progress – I’m very happy to report that we’re making progress on the membership upgrades. The behind-the-scenes work is humming along and within a few weeks, you’ll access all of our information in a members-only section of our site. This will not only include back-issues, but also curiated tips and readers questions/answers sorted by topic. Scanning through just that help section alone when you start to trip-plan will give you your money’s worth. And, you’ll no longer have to save, print or mentally note the tips we’re regularly passing along.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching! Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

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High Roller Mixology

Who’s the top mixologist in Las Vegas? The top drink-makers in town mix it up aboard the High Roller in this concoction-creating challenge!

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First Friday Las Vegas And Floyd Lamb Park Tour

In today’s Vlog the family and I take Kaydence to Floyd Lamb Park in Las Vegas to feed the birds and let her have a horse ride. Floyd Lamb Park has a petting zoo, horse ride and bounce house all for $10.00.

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16-35 Las Vegas: Saturday Dusk To Dark Tour

This video starts just across the border in Arizona near Hoover Dam to I-515 to I-215 and goes up and down I-15 then takes a brief tour through McCarran International Airport before heading up the south end of the strip where we pick up I-15 North to US-95 North for a few miles.


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Latest Concerts Added
This Week!

There is no better place to see your favorite acts then in Las Vegas! You’re relaxed, can enjoy a fine meal, have some cocktails without the worry of driving, and no alarm is going to jar you awake all too early the next morning.

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March 8, 2017 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Las Vegas Shows

It’s not that they’re so old now. It’s just that they — and even more, their fans — were really young back then.But a lot of life happened for Backstreet girls since the Backstreet Boys played the MGM Grand Garden arena in 1998 and 1999.

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Las Vegas Dining

It may be known as Sin City, but Las Vegas is also one of the most romantic destinations in the country, if the city’s average of 115,000 wedding licenses a year are any indication. But couples don’t travel there only for nuptials. They go to Vegas to be together, whether on a date, to celebrate an anniversary, or just to get away.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Rick Harrison, owner of Pawn Plaza, announced today the additions of Jared’s Old Fashioned Hot Dogs & Hamburgers and Elite Motor Rentals Polaris Slingshot rentals as new tenants at Pawn Plaza. Jared’s Old Fashioned is owned and operated by Hold On LLC partners Jared Debehnke and Daniel Kouretas. Elite Motor Rentals is wholly owned by Jared Debehnke.

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Las Vegas Gambling


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Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – My oh my, was it windy on Sunday. How windy? A couple of huge old wooden telephone polls, laden with (probably too many) wires of all kinds from the growth of The Strip, broke and sagged down over Koval Lane. Fortunately, no one was hurt and The Strip suffered no outages.

The good weather news? Warm air is blowing in for the next 10 days, with highs in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s. Or… for most of us, PREFECT. Never too hot, never too cold.

I’ll return in full force in two weeks with my columns and readers questions answered and everything else. (We ALWAYS answer subscriber questions ASAP, so don’t hesitate to continue to send those in).

I am very pleased to announce a couple of new hires so far. John Thomas will be working on building an actual members area where you can log-in and view previous issues, compiled and indexed tips (we’re working on that one), make renewing easier and making us more credit-card friendly, and similar.

I’m also happy to report that we’ve hired Alicia to do our deals research, and the weekly updated list and spreadsheet should be once again available in 2-3 weeks (depending on how long it takes her to get up to speed). Thank you for your patience during these upgrades.

Hope that you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching! Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

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Caesars Palace Bacchanal Buffet

A local vlogger and his family check out Caesars Palace Bacchanal Buffet. It was amazing and worth checking out when you come to Las Vegas.

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Downtown Las Vegas Is The Place To Be

Get a unique Vegas experience in Downtown Las Vegas. From flying over a crowd to sipping on rooftop cocktails —Downtown has something for everybody.

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Mirage Resort Las Vegas Coming Soon 1989

Now here’s a teaser. Now you Don’t see it, soon you will! That prankster Steve Wynn pulls one over on Whoopi in this commercial for the forthcoming “Mirage Resort and Casino.” Slated to open in December of 1989, the Mirage would be the game-changer for the Las Vegas Strip, ushering an era of “Mega-Resorts” and high end luxury. This promo aired throughout the Summer and Fall of 1989, in anticipation of the Grand Opening.


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  • Our “Your Guy In Vegas” Feature – Got a Vegas question? Instead of spending too much time looking up information you might not be certain about, fire it to us! We live here, we know Las Vegas, and we’ll give you a professional answer! (Some restrictions apply). Email [email protected] and put Paid Subscriber in the subject line. That is also where to send us trip reports, Vegas feedback (good and bad) and more.
  • Members Mania! – We share the answers to great Vegas questions with all of our Premium Members, helping everyone who pitches in with a premium membership. Plus great visitor feedback that you can learn from. This will be right here in almost every issue.
  • The True Inside ScoopAccessVegas.com CEO Ted Newkirk has been writing “Newkirk’s Notes” for upwards of two decades, giving members the true inside guide to everything that is going on in Las Vegas. Valuable information from someone in the know to save you time and money!  This will be right here in almost every issue.

Latest Concerts Added
This Week!

There is no better place to see your favorite acts then in Las Vegas! You’re relaxed, can enjoy a fine meal, have some cocktails without the worry of driving, and no alarm is going to jar you awake all too early the next morning.

Click For Tickets To All
Las Vegas Shows & Concerts




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