Posted Monday, November 20, 2006 3:08 PM | Contributed by Jeff
[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt from a press release. -J]
During the last 10 years, the IAAPA Attractions Expo has been hosted by Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans and Orlando. The announcement to take the show to Las Vegas for the first time marks IAAPA’s new, long-term plan for a two-city, East Coast/West Coast rotation for the event. The mid-November show will be held in Orlando in 2007 and 2008.
“Our members, who represent theme parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, miniature golf courses, family entertainment centers, and manufacturers and suppliers, expressed interest in an East Coast/West Coast show rotation cycle several years ago,” said IAAPA President and CEO Charlie Bray. “We looked at Vegas in the past, but the convention center space simply wasn’t available. Fortunately, that changed and made this exciting new plan possible.”
Orlando and Las Vegas were selected as the two cities in the rotation because they have the convention center facilities large enough to host the show in November and because of their stature as worldwide entertainment mecca.
Long story short, WHY Atlanta? What's in Atlanta? That's like next year's show being in Detroit. I live there and I'll be the first to say, there's nothing to do. Especially in November.
Orlando and Las Vegas are year round happening cities, and both have more things to do than one can do in a week.
The Stardust and Frontier will be demolished in leiu of newer and much larger properties. A loss of 3000 rooms. The Riviera is seeking new ownership, and whatever the outcome, the property needs replaced. A loss of another 2700 rooms.
Here is the kicker. The Las Vegas Hilton has been granted a demolition permit, and another 3,174 rooms will be landfill. This is fact, as I was in Vegas when this story ran. Even after the massive and expensive upgrades, the Stardust and LV Hilton was or is deemed easier to replace than rebuild and compete.
My thought here is that IAAPA didn't do the math, and potentially unless you stay at Circus Circus, virtually every property within walking distance is very expensive. The next major locations are the Wynn and the Venetian.
I had the privledge and nightmare of staying in the Courtyard Marriot across from the LVCC for 3 weeks at a crack with the CES going full tilt, and traffic is a nightmare, both foot and car. If you rely on the monorail to whisk you away to the remaining inexpensive properties such as Tropicana, Imperial Palace, and the Flamingo, well, we know what happens.
But on the bright side, Hooters did a great job.
Considering the show is in November, I would think the tourist crowd would be smaller, and I think the monorail is pretty cool, even in the middle of July.
Is this event all inside? The reason I ask is that weather is random out here in Nov. It can get quite cold.
P.S. They are doing the time share thing all over the place out here. You can often get deals for free rooms IF you are willing to sit through the spiel. It is not my thing...but I know some people do it all the time. Right now...most the time shares are south...but there are some behind MGM going up.
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