Seasoned veterans of Sin City will need to dig a little deeper into their pockets to pay for parking at a number of hotel-casinos starting this spring — that’s right, Las Vegas is charging for parking.
MGM Resorts announced that they will be charging parking fees at 12 of its hotel properties located along the Strip beginning Spring 2016, reported the Los Angeles Times. It’s uncertain whether other hotels will be hopping onto the bandwagon.
Sin City is notorious for many things, but not expensive parking. Though many metropolitan cities have been charging hefty fees for self parking and valet, Las Vegas has allowed visitors to park freely without charge.
The statement released by MGM Resorts officials on Friday may be the beginning of a trend in Las Vegas. Clark Dumont, a senior vice president, said:
“The pricing is going to be modest. It will not exceed $10 a night for self parking.
“It’s a reality that we have to face. Are people going to love it? No. But it is what it is.”
Dumont did not mention the price for valet. The parking fees will be implemented at a number of hotels including Aria, Bellagio, Delano, Excalibur, Luxor, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, the Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York – New York and Vdara.
Representatives from Caesars Entertainment, which owns 10 Vegas properties, and Wynn-Encore have refused to comment.
On a positive note, Keith Salwoski, the executive director of public relations reported that The Venetian and the Palazzo “have no plans to charge for parking.”
Dumont explained that the new revenue from parking charges will be used to improve guests’ parking experiences such as new technology that will allow guests to locate available parking spaces with their smartphones. MGM Resorts will also be upgrading to a 3,000 – space garage at Excalibur to meet the growing number of visitors.