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Saturday, May 05, 2018

The insipid Los Angeles Times

"Fewer people are visiting Las Vegas. One insider thinks hotel resort and parking fees are to blame," the Los Angeles Times reported.

I think a guy shooting and killing 58 people, and injuring 851 more people may have more to do with it.

The story mentioned it in the Seventh Paragraph -- "Fifty-eight people were killed in a shooting rampage during a country music festival along the Strip in October." -- and then went back to the resort and parking fees.

This appears to be an example of writing the story in one's head first, and then seeking facts to prove it.

Or maybe reporter Jay Jones just accepted the spin from Anthony Curtis of Las Vegas Advisor.

I mean it is like blaming the ticket prices for no one going to Ford Theater to see "Our American Cousin" after Lincoln was assassinated.

14 comments:

  1. Major Hotels are taking advantage of an anticipated drop in visitors following the shooting to do renovations. This guarantees that there will be a drop in visitors as rooms are not available to rent during reno.
    Define self fulfilling prophecy for 1000, Alex.

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  2. Las Vegas used to be a place where your entertainment was affordable. Now the place has become a high dollar vacation spot.
    Las Vegas seems to have started to change when the large corporations started buying and operating the hotels.

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    1. Back in the '50s and '60s, when I was under 18, my folks visited Vegas several times. I hated it, as there was nothing there for an under-18yo to do.

      Back then, though- the hotel rooms were luxurious but cheap, the food was cheap, even the shows were cheap, all to keep the players in the casino. Which is why my parents liked to go there; they definitely got their money's worth, and got to stay in luxury (they also weren't gamblers, so win-win.)

      I'll always remember being so frustrated when when my folks would come back to our luxurious, boring hotel room to tell me what a wonderful show they'd just seen- which I, as a minor, wasn't allowed to see. Grrr!

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  3. Never been to Vegas. Never will. The sound of hundreds of slot machines gives me a migraine.

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    1. The multitude of "Doot doot doot" from the surrounding slot machines melds into a continuous "Dooooooooo" that seems to come from everywhere, including inside of your head.

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  4. Nothing ever happened on that investigation, did it?
    Incompetence? Or something to hide?
    JimNorCal

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    1. Probably a mix of both. And what is being hidden would keep even more people away.

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    2. http://knuckledraggin.com/2018/05/mandalay-bay-shooting-body-camera-footage-released-no-broken-windows-reported/

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  5. Another unmentioned factor could be the proliferation of "Indian Gaming Casinos" all over the country. Vegas is hot desert, remote and unpleasant without its massive artificial environment indoors. And air travel is now so unpleasant, many are avoiding that!
    I will never forget my first visit to a casino as a twenty-something Airman (USAF) on a weekend lark to Lake Tahoe in 1977. It was a jaw-dropping shock, and my first and lasting impression was: "This is a religion! It is worship of Money like the golden calf of Baal!" Being a science and math nerd, I could not understand the appeal of gaming in which you know the odds are tilted in favor of the house.

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    1. About the same time you were in Vegas, I was working as a glass boy at local racecourses. The same faces every time, filling in the time between races the best way they could. Got depressing after a while. I've never been to a racecourse since I quit.

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  6. One of the very few times I'll disagree with you. It's the extra fees people are discovering.

    It's why I haven't purchased and deals for a stay in Niagara Falls for this upcoming year. I've stayed there a few times. Going through the fine print, all the places I've stayed at in the past are now tacking on a parking fee. About a third the price of the room. Honestly, if I'm booking a room at a hotel- I expect a space for my car to be included. It was included in the past. A la carte pricing for a for what amounts to a place to sleep isn't good business practice.

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  7. Also a factor: nobody has confidence in the FBI's investigation of that shooting. Personally, I think it was an ISIS event, but whatever it was, we're being manipulated. As usual.

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  8. Don, as a guy that has been going to Vegas for years I can tell you this is spot on and no one is deciding to avoid Vegas over that shooting. Last two times I was there all I heard about were complaints about the parking fees, and the resort fees are nuts. And there are other factors, such as no one can get a comp unless you are a really high roller and the general friendliness from the staff is slowly turning Atlantic City-esque

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  9. Not to mention the proliferation of bedbugs at many motels/hotels (don't know or care about Vegas regarding anything).

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