I've just returned from yet another trip to Sin City, my first non-business trip there in 5 years. Vegas is a class-act all the way. Here’s why:
First - you pay big bucks and you get incredible quality, and lots of it. Proof positive was the $39.99 buffet at the Wynn. (Imagine having a hotel named after you?). You could choose whether you wanted the Nova smoked salmon with Egyptian capers or the Pacific smoked salmon with the Spanish capers.
Second, their hands are so far in your pockets, AND you feel good about that. When you stop and think about that - it's amazing. They get me to spend big money and feel good. I am a social drinker, but I felt exceptionally good at Tao dropping almost $40 on a martini for me and one for my wife.
Third, everyone was well behaved. For a city where it's always happy hour and that hosts some 300,000 tourists every weekend, I did not see one incident that would have jarred the senses. I guess the steep prices of fun keeps the "riff-raff out".
Finally, the marketing and PR is so damn pervasive - it's so damn good. The spin masters there are able to change your perceptions and guide your behavior - you're putty in their hands. I know it and they know it. I love it
Hey, I can't wait for CES 2009 --- Vegas, I'll be back