Maybe it was bound to happen. Everyone seems to be looking for the irritating extras to add to their bottom line profits. But Las Vegas? Who pays for parking on the massive dessert that is the city of sin?
Well one of my favourite properties has jumped into the fray.
They have announce that they will be the first at all properties under the MGM Resorts International banner.
What they will take in is not pocket change. It is estimated that this new revenue will bring in several millions of American greenbacks, and with the CAD at what it currently is, the amount we pay could add up.
Now in fairness, there are not many hotels in Canada or the US where you don’t pay for parking. And at $10 per overnight stay it won’t break the bank. But that is the introductory price. You can bet all your table winnings that other resorts will follow, and two years from now it will be more than double.
It is bad enough that properties in Las Vegas add a resort fee, which is nothing more than a devious way to mask the real price of your accommodation. “I won’t use the pool,” I say. “Don’t,” comes the response, but the fee is still $30 per night.”
Here again this ancillary fees has become common in properties from Las Vegas to Florida to Arizona and most states beyond that host tourists on a regular basis.
Las Vegas has matured dramatically from the days of the cheap buffet and almost free accommodation.
Today it is in the casinos where the finest restaurants are housed, charging an arm and a leg for a meal, but a meal whose standards are dozens of times above what they once were.
Gambling is still the draw but experts suggest the revenue base has changed since the other states opened up gambling on a wide-spread basis.
I read a report that suggested 58% of Las Vegas’s 41 million visitors drive to the destination. And this does not seem to include the hundreds of thousands of others who rend vehicles.
So we may complain but the reality is we were nickel and dimed for a long time with ancillary fees from airlines and their success has led to them upping the ante, and not it is dollars, tens and above