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Old 03-03-2009, 05:48 AM
 
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every 10 years or so, las vegas changes its image. i heard its going to be changing to a value based image. what is everyone's opinions of this?
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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every 10 years or so, las vegas changes its image. i heard its going to be changing to a value based image. what is everyone's opinions of this?
Value based image? I don't know what that means.

Las Vegas started out as an adult vacation place, then went to "family friendly" which didn't work at all, and it's been an adult vacation destination since...but value based?

Las Vegas was always marketed as the "weekend getaway" destination, but I've not heard that it is going to be marketed as "the best value destination."

The prices of everything from rooms, restaurants, shows and shops is still too high for those people suffering in this economy.

Now, if the suits were smart they'd offer up more "value" for the tourist dollar, but this is corporate America that has taken over our properties and I haven't been seeing that much discounting going on for the tourists.
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Old 03-03-2009, 11:22 AM
 
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Amen MomMom. My favorite example of Las Vegas suit thievery and stupidity is the casinos' $7 bottle of beer.

This in a place where they want you to hang around and gamble ... not likely. You can sort of guage the prices of other items upward from the high price of a bottle of beer, Bette Midler show for 2 is around $450 to $500.

The suits must be cousins of those greedy fellows on wall street.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:05 PM
 
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I am guessing the high price of purchased drinks in to encourage you to sit and gamble, in the hopes of getting the free drinks.

I have to say that this strategy works well. I have lost plenty of dollars waiting for those free lowballs of bourbon on the rocks. But when they arrive, they always taste better than anything I can buy from the store
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:07 PM
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I think you're going to see Vegas market itself as the best bang-for-your-vacation buck. The "What Happens In Vegas" schtick is over with the President equating business trips to Vegas with corporate excess and greed. The 99-cent shrimp cocktail at the Golden Nugget will once again be trumped as an example of why coming to Vegas is a great deal.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:04 PM
 
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I think you're going to see Vegas market itself as the best bang-for-your-vacation buck. The "What Happens In Vegas" schtick is over with the President equating business trips to Vegas with corporate excess and greed. The 99-cent shrimp cocktail at the Golden Nugget will once again be trumped as an example of why coming to Vegas is a great deal.
Indeed, smart businessmen know when an opportunity presents itself. If Obama's comment really has had that great of an impact, then he's just paved the way for Vegas to turn its economy around.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:11 PM
 
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I think you're going to see Vegas market itself as the best bang-for-your-vacation buck. The "What Happens In Vegas" schtick is over with the President equating business trips to Vegas with corporate excess and greed. The 99-cent shrimp cocktail at the Golden Nugget will once again be trumped as an example of why coming to Vegas is a great deal.
no biggie, but the 99 cent shrimp cocktail was at the GoldenGate on Freemont Street... i think its 1.99 now
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Old 03-04-2009, 12:21 AM
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Yeah, brain fart. GoldenGate. But it's still .99 for players card holders. 1.99 if you don't have one.
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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I think value is a good thing. I'm tired of all this greed sometimes. Naturally, I think every casino operator should make a profit but the city has often out-priced the average tourist. Instead of coming here a few times a year, they can only come once or even once every two years.

Volume, volume, volume is what we should be concentrating on now; especially since gaming is prevalent across the country now. Remember the $2.99 steak and eggs deal? I would love to see us go back to that.

I'm positive that the industry will do what they need to do to survive. One thing you can say about the industry executives - they're not idiots. They know what they're doing. Their only downfall may be "greed" but that is only natural. After all, as Gordon Gekko said, "Greed is good."

I would love to see a follow-up to that movie (Wall Street) in today's economic times and see if Mr. Gekko still lives by that credo.
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:17 PM
 
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I hope not.

I like the fact that the strip offers an upscale environment. The image of fancy clubs, top-notch shows, and the best of everything is what got Vegas back on the radar to begin with. The luxurious adult playground image is the image that WORKS. It's expensive, but it has a certain allure that makes people want to come.

Back in the 90s, when Vegas tried to be a cutesy family destination, it didn't work. Converting Vegas' image into one of cheapy buffets and low-budget hotels isn't going to work either. I'm not saying that we shouldn't have those things (we can and do), but making that our image isn't a good idea...people can get those things anywhere, so why come to Vegas? I still think the sexy "high life" image is one that's going to attract better crowds, since it's so unique to our city.
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