Fastest Loser on Earth!
Las Vegas Rocks!
Having just returned from Las Vegas, the city with the dubious distinction of having the largest unemployment rate (14%) of any city in the US, WTT’s first impression is you’d never know it—the place is jumping!
Also jumping is the speed with which you can watch your gambling dollars disappear. Admittedly and obviously not much of a gambler, it’s still fun to play a little bit – $30.00 gone in 13 minutes at the quarter slots was too speedy for me.
The city ranks as one of the fastest growing in the U.S. It has become an increasingly major upmarket travel destination. Yes, there’s the gambling but also increasingly colossal hotels, world class performances, celebrity restaurants, interesting museums all within short distances and 320 sunny days annually. In short, a perfect long-weekend get-a-way with direct flights from many major gateways. The airport is 10-15 minutes from down town.
The Travel Conference we were attending was held at the new COSMOPOLITAN Hotel (part of Marriott’s new Autograph Collection) located on the Strip between Bellagio and City Center. This 3000 room 60 story newly build showpiece has everything you could wish for:
- casino, spa, pools, trendy shopping
- 3 levels of convention meeting space
- museum quality art work on display
- 11 restaurants and several bars.
Most spectacular is the Chandelier Bar which is bejewled with over 2 million glass beads. Their moderate room rates include free parking and wi fi. The lobby and elevators fascinate with artistic mind-bending LCD video presentations which totally change the atmosphere from minute to minute.
Room With a Show!
Our room was a Terrace Studio (620 sq ft) was spacious and overlooked the Bellagio fountains. This music and light show is the most popular free attraction in all of Vegas—more than 1000 water nozzles and 4000 lights the fountain sits in its own 8 acre lake performs every half hour and was well worth the additional room rate.
The recession hit Las Vegas hard but the Cosmopolitan was completely sold out and the average hotel occupancy rate was 86%. So recovery is under way. And I did my part by not “breaking the bank”!