An excellent guide to Las Vegas from one of the locals can be found at Joe In and Around Vegas (via Rullsenberg). Disappointed to see no mention of The Venetian, my favourite hotel there, but I guess if you’re not into art, shopping or things Italian, it’d be quite dull.
See how shiny it is? And that was in October last year my friends.
On one level, you can see where they’re coming from: Las Vegas isn’t called the “city of sin” for nothing. But a hotel designed primarily for teenage boys without much experience of women? Is that going to pay back the $1.2 billion needed to build it?
Still, maybe it’ll be like the Excalibur: there are plenty of people who stay in the Excalibur who aren’t there for the dragons and knights, but because they need a relatively cheap place to stay on the Strip that isn’t too shabby. I imagine the same might be true for Maxim Hotel and Casino. It’s actually going to have a reasonable nice location – close to Circus, Circus – since the north end of the Strip doesn’t yet have any of the top-grade hotels that the south and middle have been accumulating since the start of the 90s. Unless you count the Stratosphere, which I don’t.
I wouldn’t have predicted a Swiss lakefront as the theme for the next big Vegas hotel, but it’s on the way, due to appear in 2009 right opposite the Wynn Hotel (Isn’t the Fashion Show Mall, opposite, though?) where the New Frontier Casino now is. Sounds impressive, too. A London Eye in Las Vegas… Wow.
Ah, there’s nothing I like better than mocking an organisation that’s thought about its needs enough to put together a press pack, yet hasn’t bothered to update it in two years. Congratulations, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority! You’ve managed to create a dozen or more inaccurate articles by now that no doubt you’ll have to correct, if ever you hear about them – which is unlikely.
Anyway, there are some fun nuggets of information in this particular press pack, including the fact the Venetian hotel (my favourite) cost $1.5 billion to build. That’s a lot of money.
For those of you who don’t know, the US is one of about three countries in the world that (officially) treat journalists differently to other visitors. If you’re in the UK, you can normally get into the US with a visa waiver form (that’s the green one). But a close study of the visa waiver form reveals that that you can’t use it if you’re representing “a foreign media service”.
That means one of two things:
Entering the US under false pretences – i.e. using the visa waiver form and claiming you’re on holiday
Paying £50, making a trip to the US embassy for an interview, getting a letter from a magazine saying they’ll be responsible for you financially and a week or more without your passport