Summer Helps Las Vegas Economy Bounce Back
Elvis starred in a classic 1964 movie called “Viva Las Vegas” and Chevy Chase brought took the whole family on a “Vegas Vacation.” Ever since Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard, people from all walks of life have been coming to Las Vegas. In 2012, millions are expected to spend at least a few days of their summer vacation in this gambling and entertainment capital of the United States.
Los Angeles, San Diego and the entire Southern California area are all within a short day’s drive. The hotels fill up fast on the weekends as the California road trip brings thousands of people to town to enjoy the party atmosphere. Every day planes arriving from every corner of America land at McCarran International Airport with eager tourists hoping to try their luck in the casinos. Tourists from China, Japan, England and many other nations of the world also are anxious to visit.
Las Vegas has turned the corner and the streets and casino-hotels are getting pretty crowded. Occupancy rates are good and the general economic picture is improving. During the hot summer months, visitors can usually find better rates on lodging and better deals on all the activities and attractions that make Vegas like no other place in the world. The room rates are lowest and the city is a little less crowded when you stay Sunday through Thursday.
If you have not been to “Sin City” in four or five years, you have not had a chance to see the Aria, Cosmopolitan, Encore, Mandarin Oriental, Palazzo or Vdara. These six new properties only opened in the last few years. As a group they added about 14,000 more rooms to the “Strip.”
First time visitors might be overwhelmed by the number of billion dollar hotels and themed properties that line the city’s main drag. You’ll see an erupting volcano, a pirate battle and the canals of Venice. After stepping inside an Egyptian Pyramid, it is just a short walk to New York. Maybe you would like to visit a French Bakery and get a croissant in Paris.
At night, stop in front of the Bellagio and watch the dancing waters in “Lake Como” rise and fall in harmony with the music that accompanies every choreographed performance. Speaking of things to do at night, Las Vegas has a well-deserved reputation for having some of the hottest clubs to party and dance the night away.
Marquee at the Cosmopolitan is considered the place to see and be seen. A non-stop party of dancing, drinking and listening to the best DJs play electronic dance music make this club the hottest ticket in town. On a busy night, more than 5,000 young and young-at-heart men and women dress up and strut their stuff. If you can not get in at Marquee, you can try XS at Encore or about a dozen other great places to dance and have fun.
When you get hungry, you have so many great choices. For fine French cuisine, the Twist inside of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is more than excellent. Experience the talents of a Michelin three star chef when you dine at this restaurant that is among the finest French restaurants in the world.
Vegas is also known for their sumptuous buffets. A few of the best are the Bellagio Buffet and the Wynn Buffet. If you have a car, venture a few miles off the strip to Arizona Charlie’s, Main Street Station or the Orleans for some more affordable prices and some very satisfying selections.
Las Vegas appeals to the young and old. It attracts low stakes gamblers as well as the super-wealthy (casinos call them “Whales”) gambler who can drop a million and not blink an eye. Kids, families and non-gamblers can enjoy swimming in the hotel pools, shopping, numerous attractions, great art and wonderful restaurants. Headline acts, big productions and magic shows never fail to entertain and impress.
Whether you come to Las Vegas this summer to get married, play blackjack, hit the clubs or do something that only happens in Vegas, you are guaranteed to have the time of your life. What are you waiting for? Make your summer vacation plans for Vegas today.
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