Las Vegas parking charges causes outrage on hospitality, tourism
The new Las Vegas parking fee is creating an outrage in Sin City, where parking was once a tourist attraction especially those travelers on a budget.
Fil-Ams in Southern Nevada says the new parking fee is not a way to attract and promote Las Vegas’ signature hospitality.
Gone are the days of free parking on the Las Vegas strip, as the majority of the hotels and casinos are now charging for what used to be free parking.
Critics say the new fees are slowly eroding the Vegas culture.
Southern Nevada locals says they are appalled the parking fees that range from $6 to $30 per day.
Philippines’ heart throb Piolo Pascual — who has personal and business ties here in Sin City — agrees.
“It’s not right and a lot of them here are tourists; if your ripped them off parang pang pakain na nila yun people really come just to enjoy the strip kung mag babayad ka pa sa structures parang lugi naman yun,” Pascual said. “Kase they already make money in the casinos so why would you charge on parking structures… there’s so much space in Las Vegas.”
This Vegas resident says that these new parking fees do not only affect the tourists coming to the city, but also the local residents who have been accustomed to the convenience of free parking.
“You have this multibillion dollar companies… what you’re supposed to do is attract the tourists,” said local Matthew Love.
“We’ve been surviving without it, I mean for so long… I’ve been here for ten years, and Vegas has been surviving without the parking fee,” said resident Toffee Punzalan.
Locals and tourists are saying that needing to pay for parking is not Vegas friendly, as the city’s economy comes from the tourism industry.
Many of our kababayans visiting the Strip say that this has huge repercussions and ramifications for a Las Vegas vacation.
Valet at most of the strip casinos has corresponding fees.
For hotels Bellagio, Aria, and Vdara, the valet fee is $20 for a maximum of 4 hours, and $25 dollars for over 4 hours.
Caesars Entertainment hotels and casinos are charging $13 for 4 hours, and $18 for every 24 hours for valet.
Even hotel guests are required to pay for valet parking.
Meanwhile, in a statement from Caesars Entertainment, Nevada residents can continue to self park for free for up to 24 hours.
You will need your Nevada drivers license for entry and exit, but this doesn’t apply to MGM properties.
Nevada residents on MGM properties are not free, but parking for everyone for the first hour is free.