Why Las Vegas hotels may not need a hotel upgrade
The city has long faced pressure to upgrade its hotels to meet the growing demand for rooms, which has pushed up hotel room rates and pushed up prices.
But the city is struggling to keep up with growing demand, and the need for more rooms is leading to rising costs and increasing wait times for guests.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said this week that the city would not be able to afford an increase to room rates without a major overhaul of its hotel infrastructure, including upgrades to its Convention Center and the convention center itself.
The city’s hotels are currently the nation’s busiest, but the problem of overcrowding is also a big reason hotel room prices are increasing.
Las Vega hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
(Photo by Michael Chow/The Washington Post) “We’re in an era of economic stress, but we’re also in an age where hotels are going through a very intense growth,” Goodman said in a conference call with reporters.
“That growth has led to a lot of congestion and, in turn, a lot more costs for hotel guests.”
Goodman said the city has received hundreds of thousands of complaints from guests since January.
But there have been no plans to upgrade hotel facilities to help solve the problem, nor have the city even identified an immediate solution, she said.
“There is not one single hotel in our entire region that has a fully functioning facility to accommodate all of our guests.
The majority of them are staying at hotels that are not equipped for those guests,” Goodman told reporters.
The hotel lobby group, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, has called on the city to consider the possibility of a hotel-revenue incentive to lure more guests.
This is not the first time the hotel lobby has pushed for an upgrade of hotel facilities.
In October, the hotel industry lobbied hard against a hotel tax, and in the end, the city decided not to change the hotel tax system to one that would have provided hotel tax relief to hotel owners and managers.
The hotel lobby, however, was not pleased when the city eliminated the tax incentive program, arguing it was designed to lure hotel owners to their own property rather than the city.
While Goodman said that there are “many different factors” contributing to hotel room overcrowding, the problem is compounded when the demand for hotel rooms exceeds supply, Goodman said.
“And that is a real issue for hotels because it has been a lot harder for them to get rooms to fill,” she said in an interview with reporters after the meeting.
There are more than 2 million hotel rooms in the city, according to the city’s Department of Planning and Development.
There are more hotels in Las Vegas than there are people in the entire United States, and hotel occupancy rates have been climbing steadily for years, according of a report from the hotel association.
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