Las Vegas is a tourist town. Tourism is the life blood of the city and the people who work here rely on tourism for a majority of our jobs. That’s what pays the bills.
Now I know many of you are reading this going “DAH”. You know that, I know that, but the people who are the powers-that-be, seem to think we are a well-diversified, urban community. Like Chicago or Miami. We’re Not. We Are Las Vegas. We’re different!
The First Act of Stupidity:
The Deuce was introduced as a unique tourist transportation solution. It easily took people from the strip, to downtown. Simple, easy and convenient. The tourist just walked out of their hotel to the curb, found the stop, got on and rode it to the next tourist destination.
Any time, day or night, the tourist had an easy to remember system to get from downtown to the strip and to where they most likely would want to go to.
A simple, easy and affordable way to see the strip and downtown? What were we thinking?? So the powers-that-be decided they needed to confuse the tourist. Introducing – The Ace!! It goes part way down the strip, turns and goes down Convention Center Drive and onto Paradise to downtown.
FYI: Convention Center Drive and anywhere along Paradise is like grid lock central during any one of the many major conventions that still come to this town. Unless Obama takes another swipe at us, than we’re a ghost town.
The Deuce now starts at Mandalay Bay and ends at Palace Station. Don’t know where Palace Station is? Now you see my point?? It’s where OJ did his deed that made him a Nevada resident for the next nine years. The Deuce no longer serves downtown.
The second Act of stupidity.
Actually it’s the usual greed over common sense. MGM is implementing a chain wide “Resort fees”. Like the airlines, they are now charging you an additional fee for using their hotel.
It’s not that Resort Fees are anything new. It’s just that I thought we were trying to attract tourists back to Las Vegas. We need to give you a reason to COME here, not another reason to go elsewhere.
As a tourist destination, we are already fighting against MGM’s casinos in other states. As a traveler, the airlines are raping us with new fees and body cavity searches. As the destination, we need to make it worth your effort and hassle to come here. This isn’t how you do it!
Room taxes were raised to pay for… well, not really sure who gets their palms greased with new fees. The car rental fees were raised to pay for some art thing nobody goes to or uses. Especially tourists…
So now we add “resort fees” to the long list of add-ons the tourist has to budget into an already tight budget? And what do you get for the new fees? You get free incoming faxes and the use of the phone they put in your room. Plus a few other little luxuries that are already there.
The year is young and we already have two top contenders for the stupidest marketing idea of the year award….
See if you can make sense of the bus routing. Here is The RTC Website