Travel is beginning to pick up again following the coronavirus pandemic and tourists couldn’t be more excited.
One destination that’s had people biting at the bit to reopen is Las Vegas, the popular hot spot for big shows, elaborate hotels, and of course, casinos.
Well, there’s no need to wait to put it all on the line with red seven because Las Vegas is open for business, and the reaction has been shocking!
What was the reaction?
Sin City was shut down for over two months in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
And now people are flooding into the hotels and casinos, giving hope to the city of Las Vegas that they’ll be back on their feet in no time.
But bringing along some of your retirement savings “just in case” won’t be the only gamble you’ll be taking at the Bellagio or MGM Grand.
Prepare to gamble your health too because CNN reports that many visitors are not wearing masks or taking social distancing into consideration.
Why go now?
Hotel rates have plummeted in the United States, and Las Vegas is no different.
Yahoo News reports that you can book a luxury king suite at the 5-star Venetian for only $127 a night – the kind of suite the average person only reads about in the luxury magazines on the flight over.
Although, you won’t find many people in full-on protective equipment, they are implementing basic precautionary efforts.
“People aren’t being reckless; they just aren’t as paranoid as I’d expected,” Scott Roeben, owner of VitalVegas.com says.
Will it be the same as your last visit?
While smaller casinos and attractions weren’t planning on reopening right away – assuming they’d have to wait until tourism picked up so they could afford to keep the lights on – they’re finding out that their time to shine is now.
At Caesars Palace you’ll find all the theatrical entertainment you would expect, with Caesar and Cleopatra in full dress-up (and facemasks) as they greet guests coming in.
Fremont Street has all the hustle and bustle you’ve come to love under the video canopy of the pedestrian mall, as if never missing a beat from the two month reprieve.
Bob Finch, COO of Station Casinos, said he was “incredibly pleased with the positive response and turnout,” after opening six of his 10 resorts.
He added that guests have “taken to social media and let us know they are excited to return and are impressed with the safety protocols we’ve rolled out.”
How has Vegas been able to come back so quickly?
Las Vegas gets a whopping average of 49.5 million visitors a year, according to the ABC affiliate station in Las Vegas, KTNV.
Being such a popular destination, coupled with the lure of gambling, it’s no wonder people are flocking to the city’s open doors.
But Vegas also had some help.
Big incentives were promoted from casinos to get people to return to Las Vegas.
Derek Stevens, owner of the D Las Vegas, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, and up-and-coming Circa Las Vegas, recently ran a promotion giving away 2,000 one-way tickets to Sin City, CNN reports.
Book your flight!
If you are planning on going to Las Vegas anytime soon, now would be the time to book your accommodations.
Take advantage of the luxury hotel rooms offered at affordable rates and the big giveaways at the casinos.
While the money you save will likely be spent long after your hot streak at the Blackjack table, you’re guaranteed to have a great time while doing it!