Resort fees and daily parking fees are rising and spreading in Las Vegas, adding up to $ 45 a day to visitors’ hotel bills. The editor of Las Vegas Advisor blames the additional fees on a recent drop in visitor numbers.
“Everyone hates resort fees, but parking [fee] is even worse, ”said Anthony Curtis of Las Vegas Advisor. “Everyone wants some kind of comp, [and] the most basic comp is free parking. This is the only composition that everyone has had.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority disputed that the fees contributed to the most recent declines in visitor numbers.
“We have no information linking any reaction to various charges to reduced visits,” Jeremy Handel, senior communications director, said in an email.
The 10-month decline “is primarily attributed to reduced room inventory due to renovations and improvements at various properties, and a short-term impact from the tragic events of October 1,” Handel said.
Fifty-eight people were killed in a shootout at a country music festival along the Strip in October.
The resort fee typically covers in-room Wi-Fi and local phone calls, as well as access to fitness centers and swimming pools. Of course, fees are charged whether or not you use the amenities.
For those who aren’t up to date with the latest dings in your wallet, here’s a rundown:
- Tourist tax at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino climbed from $ 2 a night to $ 32, effective Tuesday.
- Forget about trying to escape the expense by staying in downtown Las Vegas. Most large hotels along or near Fremont Street now charge resort fees. The last to get on the bandwagon is Boyd Gaming, which introduced a charge of $ 14.99 per night at its three downtown properties – California, Fremont and Main Street Station — the 1st of April.
Curtis said his readers are increasingly frustrated by the fees which can dramatically increase the cost of a trip.
“I’m telling you, customers hate it. They are getting crazier and crazier, ”he said.
To support his claim, Curtis cited an article from January survey in its newsletter which asked readers what they thought they were paying to park. More than two-thirds of the 1,763 respondents said they opposed the relatively new charges.
Visits to Vegas have plummeted in each of the past 10 months, a fact Curtis attributes to frustration over fees.
“I really think these fees are starting to get people thinking about a trip here,” he said.
The figures of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority show that in March, the most recent month for which statistics were available, the volume of visitors fell by less than 1% compared to March 2017. This is a drop of 34,100 visitors.
“It stops a behemoth of visits that has risen and risen and risen… coming out of the recession,” Curtis said.
The annual number of visitors reached a record high in 2016: 42,936,100. Last year’s total – 42,214,200 – was down 1%. While this may sound insignificant, it means a drop of 722,000 visitors.
MGM Resorts, the first hotel-casino owner to implement a parking fee, did not comment on a link between the fee and the volume of visitors. Caesars Entertainment, the other major player along Las Vegas Boulevard, did not respond to a request for comment.
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