Some Ve­gas resorts cut fees to in­crease visi­ta­tion

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Spotlight - BY ALEX TEMBLADOR Trav­elPulse

Las Ve­gas re­sort fees are pesky, but travelers will be happy to know that some Ve­gas resorts are low­er­ing their fees or of­fer­ing no-re­sort-fee pro­mo­tions to en­tice more guests and in­crease visi­ta­tion rates.

Re­sort fees are daily ad­di­tional charges for guest ser­vices such as Wi-Fi and pool and gym ac­cess, fees that are gen­er­ally in­cluded in room rates by ho­tels that are not con­sid­ered “resorts.” In 2018, Las Ve­gas visi­ta­tion rates reached a four-year low at only 42.1 mil­lion visi­tors and some resorts think with lower re­sort fees, it may help visi­ta­tion rates to in­crease.

The Wynn Las Ve­gas stopped charg­ing park­ing fees for overnight guests and day guests who spend at least $50 on the prop­erty, which is sim­i­lar to how the Cos­mopoli­tan of Las Ve­gas can­celed park­ing fees for overnight guests.

In the last few months, SLS Ve­gas, Golden Nugget and Red Rock Re­sort have of­fered pro­mo­tions for rooms without re­sort fees. Red Rock spokes­woman Lori Nel­son says this was to dis­tin­guish the prop­erty from other spring break deals.

“We are al­ways try­ing new of­fer­ings to see what res­onates with clients and this is just an­other tool in our arse­nal,” said SLS spokesman Christo­pher Abra­ham.

How­ever, not all resorts are jump­ing on the band­wagon. MGM Resorts In­ter­na­tional and Cae­sars En­ter­tain­ment Corps raised their re­sort and park­ing fees over a year ago.

“We don’t have any plans on chang­ing the struc­ture we have in place,” Cae­sars CEO Mark Fris­sora said. “We are cer­tainly sen­si­tive to the fact that we can hurt our own prof­itabil­ity and rev­enue growth if we get ex­or­bi­tant or do things that have no value to them.”

Cae­sars En­ter­tain­ment of­fered free park­ing at The Linq Ho­tel in Au­gust but didn’t see any im­pact on visi­ta­tion rates, and the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion and Visi­tors Au­thor­ity doesn’t be­lieve there is any con­nec­tion be­tween fees and visi­ta­tion rates.

“We be­lieve it is pre­ma­ture to state that re­sort or park­ing fees are di­rectly re­sult­ing in a net de­crease in over­all visi­ta­tion,” LVCVA spokes­woman Jackie Den­nis told the Las Ve­gas Re­view-Jour­nal.

Some at­tribute the low visi­ta­tion rates of 2018 to fewer events, changes in con­ven­tions and pos­si­bly the 2017 Las Ve­gas shoot­ing.

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