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Las Vegas Travel News
One of the more popular destinations that we book every year is a 3-4 night trip to the “city that never sleeps”, Las Vegas. There have been some interesting changes that have developed over the past few months that makes one raise their eyebrows. One in particular is charging for parking. No one has ever had to park in Las Vegas, even at the downtown hotel/casinos. And visitors have been able to park at the Strip hotel/casinos at their parking garages for free.....but things are changing.
I read a recent report the the MGM properties are beginning to charge for parking at their garages. And there is a 20,000 seat arena that is opening within the next few months that will be home to what they hope will be a National Hockey League team, and for sure there will be paid parking for that venue.
Another interesting development in our neck of the woods is the launching of nonstop flights from Love Field to Las Vegas by Virgin America. They have two gates at Love and have been flying to Austin, but that market doesn't show as much promise as Las Vegas, so they intend to compete with Southwest out of that market. I did a casual look at a flight on February 2 with a return on February 4, and on Virgin the price was $257 round trip; on Southwest it was $411. You'll be interested to know though that when I priced an American flight from DFW on that same day, early departure, midday return, the price was only $206. Take that Love Field!!!!
The hotels are not to be ignored in the redesign and updating world of Vegas. The Linq Hotel and Casino, even though is was relatively new has recently undergone a full-resort renovation with the “millennial” traveler in mind. Their two pools offer a direct view of the High Roller, a giant slow-moving wheel fashioned after the London Eye.
Not to be left behind, the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino began last summer on a $100 million redesign of more than 3,000 room as part of the final phase of its resort-wide transformation. The Monte Carlo announced plans last summer to build a 5,000-seat theater, and that 20,000 seat arena is set to be open before the year is out. Blue Man Group is scheduled to move their performances to this new theater. I haven't been there but a client who goes out there frequently and stays at the Golden Nugget downtown says that that hotel has absolutely re-invented itself over the past 2-3 years. They also have 10 restaurants and what has been described as one of the top swimming pools in the United States.
Shows continue to evolve; many good ones stay in place. Popular star, Jennifer Lopez, is planning several performances this year, Celine Dion Britney Spears, and mainstays Donny and Marie have set up shop at the Flamingo. A favorite of many, especially mine, is ventriloquist-impressionist Terry Fator, and he's a Texan too.
All of this excitement can be yours in Las Vegas, so allow the experienced travel counselors the opportunity to help with your plans. We can certainly save you time and will give you several options to save you some money too. Call us at 698-1421 or toll-free 800-760-4040. Our office is located at 4150 Southwest Drive, at the Plaza at Park Central between Rosa's and Chick-Fil-A.