|Quoting N1120A (Reply 72):|
I hate driving to Vegas more than I hate Vegas, and that is a lot.
doesn't like you too :P
|Quoting oa412 (Reply 85):|
That may be, but Las Vegas would be nothing without those casinos. The city itself just isn't that interesting. While the nature activity attracting Europeans would still be there, the shopping attracting Asians simply wouldn't be.
I wouldn't say Las Vegas would be nothing without the casinos, there are many technology firms, Konami, CAPCOM, IGT
, Bally's to name a few, that are based in Las Vegas, although I agree they exist in Las Vegas because of the gaming industry's slot machines. And let's not forget as well there are multiple banking call-centers are based in Las Vegas, Citbank and Bank of America are the known banks have established call-centers in Las Vegas that serves the South West region of United States. As for shopping, Las Vegas boosts the most well-known brand names in retail in a small footprint, comparable to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
in Italy, and with these named brands comes with exotic items that you cannot easily get in Asia or Europe. I have had friends flew here from Asia just for this reason, same items in Asia are just that much harder to get, that they'd pay airfare to come get it in Las Vegas. With previously mentioned military base in and near Las Vegas, there are enough activities that supports an International airport. I'm not saying gaming is not a big contributor to flights in and out of LAS
, just pointing out it's NOT the sole contributor to LAS
With that said, EK
could easily do a tag-on from Europe, linking even more entertainment oriented cities, Monte Carlo comes to mind. I said Monte Carlo because MFM
and the customer base of entertainment in the region just DOES NOT COMPARE to Las Vegas. I was fortunate enough to have been able to visit Monte Carlo, Macau and Las Vegas, and once you've been to all three you'll understand what I'm referring to.