I know I said that the next time I blogged it would be about places to stay. But, that was before Obama said what he said and Mayor Goodman said what he said. Can't we all just get along? I know it seems unreasonable that banking organizations would come to Las Vegas to convention after receiving government money to get right. Admittedly, on the surface, it seems a bit irresponsible. But, they are probably going to convention anyway. Why not Vegas?
Ok, I know there are the fancy hotels, expensive restaurants, hedonistic pursuits and gambling, but why does that have to exclude Vegas as a convention spot? Listen, all these items listed can be found in any city in our great country. At probably twice the price! Really, I challenge anyone to find a 4 star hotel room for less than $200 a night in any city other than Vegas. I just looked at my favorite travel service website and found the Palms Hotel Casino going for $80 a night. A 4 star hotel for $80 a night! Can San Francisco do that? Can Kansas City do that?
How about restaurants? I know most conventioneers have a certain amount per day that they can spend on food. At least, a budget conscience company should place some limits. Since I used the Palms as an example already, they have your fancy eateries, as well as, McDonalds and other fast food fare. Conventioneers can stay on budget or add their own cash to eat what they desire. How great is that? I was told once that people are down on what they are not up on. I believe this to be true. People criticize what they don't understand.
I feel that companies should go to Las Vegas to hold conventions. If they do their fiscal homework, they'll find Vegas to be more fiscally prudent then most places. As I tell my students, just because you can does not mean you should. Just because companies have the money, doesn't mean they should be overly extravagant. Especially, with Uncle Sam's dime. But, if they are going to convention anyway choose Vegas. You can't go wrong. Plus, you'll have a economically good time. Next time I'll get to the travel issues. Good fortune to all.