As Las Vegas casinos plan to reopen, owners are finding ways to bring in visitors. One owner of two downtown casinos decided to give away free flights to Sin City as a way for tourism numbers to jump-start. Derek Stevens has delivered a total of 1,700 flights, with players snatching them up as fast as possible.
Stevens owns The D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate, which is located on Fremont Street. With only 1,000 one-way flights from 20 cities across the USA, he started his free flight offer. Such flights were taken in a time span of less than two hours, so Stevens added about 700 more seats by the afternoon.
Several airlines, such as Southwest, Sun County, Spirit, and Allegiant Air, made the flights accessible. The flights depart from major cities such as Tampa, Boston, Denver, ST. Louis and Kansas.
Stevens said in statement: “We knew there was a high demand for Las Vegas, and to see these flights book as quickly as they did is overwhelming and exciting.”
Although Stevens is planning to reopen in Las Vegas, his organisation is proud to help bring travel to the area and assist airlines hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Stevens said he’d want customers to visit downtown Las Vegas but they offered the deal specifically just to attract tourists back to the city.
Governor Steve Sisolak has ordered casinos to continue reopening next week on June 4th. Casinos have been operating in the state since mid-March and several players will be able to get back to work until the June deadline arrives.