I have also seen changes in show business as Las Vegas — once dubbed the Entertainment Capital of the world — presented lavish dinner shows featuring gorgeous showgirls clad in feathers and rhinestones, fabulous acts from all over the world, and magnificent live orchestras and lounge entertainment that had no equal anywhere in the world.
Along with these eye-popping productions, Las Vegas Strip hotels presented an array of stars up and down the famed Las Vegas Strip as the world’s tourists had an amazing selection of famous star talent to choose from.
Today Las Vegas has gone from the elaborate show business choices mentioned above to waxing salons and nightclubs that feature an array of disc jockeys (as they are called) that earn more money than the biggest stars of yesteryear could ever hope to imagine.
Today, instead of depending on gaming revenues to earn profits, the lavish Las Vegas Hotel properties earn their profits from the addition of a multitude of high-end shops and stores that pay rent plus (in some cases) a piece of the action too.
As mentioned above, in addition to shops and stores, Las Vegas hotels feature nightclubs that draw young crowds nightly who pay amazing prices for admission and expensive drinks served by sexy model-type waitresses who exude more sex than the sexiest showgirls of the 1960’s ever hoped to imagine.
Today the Las Vegas skyline presents a different look. For all intents and purposes, the tourists that visit this ‘city that never sleeps’ find themselves a midst a fast-moving crowd of young tourists who come here to become part of the excitement offered in the nightclubs, and yes, even in the waxing salons that have become part of the everyday happenings in this city.
A few Las Vegas hotel properties, such as Caesars Palace, presents “Star Attractions” today. Most hotels feature either magic shows, or comedy oriented shows, or fast-moving colorful extravaganzas that feature Chinese Acrobats sliding down poles that reach high above the proscenium arch on the stages of the showroom theaters.
The advent of Indian-owned casinos, Atlantic City Casinos, and other casino properties located throughout the nation, have done little to deter Las Vegas crowds.
Las Vegas has a certain electric thrill connected with being here or vacationing here that cannot be found anywhere else on earth.
As they say, the three most important things related to the success of business are location, location and location! No matter what, Las Vegas is a magic location that in many ways becomes a ‘power point’ for thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world each year.
Bottom line: the casinos in Las Vegas are no longer the main attraction, nor are they the main source of income for the Las Vegas hotels. The fact that the hotels that made Las Vegas the Entertainment Capital of the world are gone; the fact that today the nightclubs are the main attractions; the fact that hotels no longer offer dinner shows or lounge shows doesn’t seem to matter as business is still booming.
Bigger and better hotels are being built in Las Vegas. The population is growing by leaps and bounds in spite of the fact that tourists do not gamble the way they did in the past! However, the race and sports books have a heyday during events like the Super Bowl, or the World Series.
When championship boxing is presented in the city, I think it’s safe to say that every hotel room is sold out and the casino business, the restaurant business and all other businesses in the city find themselves booming.
Today Las Vegas remains the Marriage Capital, the Divorce Capital, the number one convention destination in the world, and more. This city is like a fine wine — it gets better and better as time goes by.