Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: May 27, 2008

MCCARRAN AIRPORT tied for second place among large airports when it comes to overall customer satisfaction, according to a recent survey from J.D. Power and Associates. McCarran scored high in airport accessibility and check-in/baggage check process factors. First place among large airports went to Philadelphia's international airport; Orlando tied with McCarran. The top medium-sized airport went to Chicago Midway and the highest ranking small airport was Dallas Love Field. Overall, airport satisfaction throughout the U.S. dropped 14 points between 2007 and 2008.

THE LAS VEGAS Convention and Visitors Authority is predicting a 3.5% decrease in Las Vegas room taxes for the current fiscal year, according to a published report in the Las Vegas Review Journal. The LVCVA garners 80% of its annual budget from room taxes. At a recent public hearing on the LVCVA's fiscal year 2009 budget, authority officials predicted that the average daily room rate in Las Vegas would drop 1.2%, to $92, as it relates to the 2009 budget. As a result of the projected decrease, officials stated, the LVCVA had instituted a hiring freeze and curbed travel expenditures not related to sales.

MGM MIRAGE'S massive CityCenter development announced the "topping out" of its 57-story, 1,495 residential unit Vdara Condo Hotel last week. Slated to open in late 2009, the Vdara marks the first of six high-rise towers expected to be topped off in the coming months. CityCenter also said its centerpiece resort casino would be called the Aria. The 4,004-room resort promises 300,000 square feet of meetings and convention space and an Elvis-themed production from Cirque du Soleil.

IN A RECENT FILING with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, meanwhile, MGM Mirage, citing rising construction costs, set a new construction budget for the CityCenter project at $9.2 billion, more than $1 billion above previous budgets. CityCenter remains the most expensive privately-funded development project in the U.S.

TICKETS are on sale for the CineVegas 2008 film festival, held June 12 through 21 in and around the Palms Casino Resort. Now in its 10th year, CineVegas has become one of the fastest growing film festivals in the U.S. Actor Don Cheadle is expected to attend this year, to accept the CineVegas Half-Life award on June 20. For more information, visit www.cinevegas.com.

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine
Phone:
(650) 348-1752
[email protected] 
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