While watching one of the original News stories LIVE.. a News anchor confirms through his “police source” that there were in fact 2 shooters and 2 suspects. Did he slip up? Or did his source slip up? False information?
This article originally said two hours of imagery had been removed from the website, that was a mistake, the article should read ’45-minutes’ of imagery is missing. The body of the article has been corrected.
LAS VEGAS (INTELLIHUB) — An EarthCam placed inside of the Bellagio Resort and Casino’s conservatory and botanical gardens area of the property captures 4 images per hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year like clockwork. However, on the night of the massacre 45-minutes of imagery, a total of 3 images captured between the hours of 11:15 p.m. and midnight was scrubbed from the EarthCam.net website following numerous eyewitness reports of gunfire which authorities have tried their best to cover up.
Here is Jake Morphonios with the report:
What could be seen in the images that authorities were so worried about?
A woman by the name of Rene Downs claims that the entire lobby of the Bellagio was a mess after bullets came whizzing in just 30-45-minutes after the Route 91 music festival massacre occurred over a mile-and-a-half away.
Downs recalls a chaotic scene as people came ‘flying’ into the lobby through the front doors.
Downs said that she was sitting with a man by the name of “Daniel,” presumably her husband, who got her down on the ground behind a table when she heard ‘pop, pop, pop!’
“For some reason, there has not been one reporting that we have heard from our friends or anything,” Downs said, pointing out the media blackout on the incident.
But Downs was not the only witness to have heard gunshots at the Bellagio that night.
Additionally, a woman by the name of Rikki Raulerson claims that she was on the Las Vegas strip on Sunday night when the mass shooting occurred and says that early news reports, reports from police, security, and even her friends, contradict the official story that only one shooter was involved.
Raulerson posted a statement to Facebook last Tuesday where she explained what she heard the night of the shooting.
“We were told that there were 7 confirmed shooters, and confirmed deaths at multiple hotels. Including Bellagio, the Aria and New York New York,” Raulerson wrote.
Moreover, a married Canadian man named Jeff claims that he and his wife were in Las Vegas on the night of the mass shooting and were inside the Bellagio Resort & Casino’s conservatory taking photos when major panic broke out in the hotel lobby just before 11:20 p.m.
“All of a sudden there was just a crescendo of screams that started behind us in the lobby,” he said. “Then I heard somebody yell ‘there’s a shooter! There’s a shooter!’ And then I heard like five or six pops, like unmistakable gunfire, unmistakably.”
These eyewitness accounts are proof that something transpired at the Bellagio between 11:15 and 11:20 p.m.
Astonishingly, the man’s claims match up to actual events captured in police audio recordings from the night of the shooting which confirms that between 11:15 and 11:18 p.m. on the night of Oct. 1 there was, in fact, something going on at the Bellagio. But what?
The following is a small portion of the actual police audio transcript which was published by Intellihub on Oct. 10:
- ‘Suspect armed with a rifle.’
- [What sounds like fully-automatic gunfire can be heard over an open mic with a fast cycle rate, possibly an MP5 9mm]
- ‘Bellagio is hearing a lot of shots being fired. A suspect is inside.’
- Officer: ‘Bellagio is going to be negative for a 415A and that’s per security.’
Editors note: After this article’s publication, eight images were replaced on EarthCam.net between the hours of 11:15 and 12:00 a.m. possibly to appear to viewers as if the originals were never removed (i.e. they were swapped out.)
Kelly Moore, a survivor of the October 1 Harvest Music Festival massacre, told Time in a rare interview published on YouTube that she felt like a helicopter was shooting the crowd from above.
“I almost felt like there was a helicopter above us shooting,” the woman explained. “It was so bizarre like a war sound.”
Intellihub’s Shepard Ambellas was first to present the ‘helicopter theory’ on a major news outlet when he broke the news on The Alex Jones Show Halloween day. During the broadcast, Ambellas reported that helicopters were likely used some type of advanced air assault onto crowd goers.
Ambellas’s report caused literal shockwaves throughout the international intelligence community after he conquered the Vegas operation had ‘all the fingerprints of 9/11’ (Saudi connection, radar data).
Moreover, a caller from the intel community leaked information about the presence of the Saudi Arabian-based company named ETS Risk Management which the caller said was “on the ground” the night of the shooting. Several days later, that caller, a man by the name of Zach, was rounded up by the FBI in Florida.
Since the story broke Ambellas has only done two follow-up interviews with Jason Goodman of “Crowdsource the Truth” in November.
Ambellas is set to release more information in the coming weeks as he seeks to bring out into the mainstream the fact that helicopters were spotted lurking on that dreadful night. Not to mention, the muzzle flashes.
You can find over 80 exclusive reports and analysis on the Las Vegas Massacre in chronological order HERE.
If there are no living defendants being investigated then why all of the secrecy?
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is seeking to keep 14 search warrants pertaining to the October 1 massacre sealed as news agencies and the general public demand answers.
“It’s unclear why the authorities want to keep those warrants hidden,” Fox News’s Tucker Carlson reported. “At least officially there are no living defendants being investigated in that case so it doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
Carlson plans to provide an update on the matter Friday on his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Featured Image: Screenshot via LasVegasNow.com
I spoke with a technician today who was able to access the webcam images hidden by Bellagio during the Las Vegas Shooting. The employee’s review of the images raises new questions – why does the webcam company insist that these images are publicly available when we all can verify easily that they are not public?
While watching one of the original News stories LIVE.. a News anchor confirms through his “police source” that there were in fact 2 shooters and 2 suspects. Did he slip up? Or did his source slip up? False information? Nonetheless… I’ll keep this posted!
The Unlikely Alliance Between President Donald Trump & Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
There is no question that something very BIG is going down in Saudi Arabia.
Groups of Saudi royalty and businessmen are being held captive in a hotel prison in the capital of Riyadh. Ritz-Carlton Riyadh hotel ‘a prison for Saudi princes’
Two princes have already been killed; one in a helicopter crash and the other after he drew his weapon allegedly resisting arrest. The inside story on the ‘crash’ is that the Saudi Air Force shot down the copter to prevent a fleeing royal from leaving the country.
These things just don’t happen unless there is a major counter-coup in the works.
The original coup occurred in April of 2015 and first counter-coup played out back in September of 2015.
Just how convoluted is this ongoing series of coups and attempted counter-coups?
Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince
Everything that is now occurring in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) revolves around one man…and it’s not King Salman. The domestic and international affairs of KSA revolve around his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia — Mohammad bin Salman — is also the current Minister of Defense. The following short bio provides more detailed info about the future monarch.
Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: محمد بن سلمان بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود; born 31 August 1985), also known as MBS, is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, First Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia and the youngest minister of defense in the world. Mohammad bin Salman is also president of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs. He has been described as the power behind the throne of his father, King Salman. He was appointed Crown Prince in June 2017 following his father’s decision to remove Muhammad bin Nayef from all positions, making Mohammad bin Salman heir apparent to the throne.
Ever since Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) assumed his various positions of power, all hell has broken loose in the kingdom, as well as throughout the Middle East.
The engineered Yemen War, in particular, appears to be the pet project of the very young Minister of Defense. It also represents the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today.
Greater Israel Project
The Middle East is now the site of the most dynamic and consequential moves and maneuvers on the global geopolitical chessboard. Saudi Arabia is now at the epicenter of the geopolitical earthquakes and international aftershocks.
What is transpiring in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, Syria and Iraq, Qatar and Lebanon, Palestine and Israel will determine the ultimate success or failure of the ongoing Greater Israel Project.
The final outcomes in the Northern Levant will especially reflect the degree to which the Modern State of Israel will dominate the Mideast.
What is now indisputable is that the ascension of King Salman was the result of a MOSSAD-directed coup. In this way the illegitimate heir — Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman — a close friend of Israel (some have conjectured that MBS is a MOSSAD asset) would eventually become king. He’s already making waves by establishing a much closer relationship with Israel.
In fact, everything that’s taking place in the Middle East today is occurring in the interest of advancing the Greater Israel Project.
Why does Muslim Saudi Arabia make common cause with Jewish Zionist Israel?
Because both nations are ruled by the same agents of Zionism.
Israel, of course, is ruled by the arch-Zionist Ashkenazis who emigrated from Europe post World War II.
Saudi Arabia is ruled by the House of Saud, a crypto-Jewish family that the stole the kingdom from the rightful Arabian Bedouin heirs. The following 3 exposés authoritatively delineates the historical theft of Saudi Arabia, as well as who the co-conspirators were operating behind the scenes.
As unbelievable as this may sound, the actions of Saudi Arabia over the past 50 years clearly indicate they are pro-Israel to the extreme, and even to the detriment of their neighboring Muslim countries.
The Shiite-dominated nations such as Iran can attest to this ever-worsening state of affairs.
Vegas Massacre & Uraniumgate
This is where things get very complicated.
The HARVEST massacre on October 1st in Las Vegas has been the most complex and inscrutable ‘false flag’ operation in U.S. history.
SOTN was the first to label the mass shooting “a false flag within a false flag which was actually part hoax and part reality”. This CIA-directed psyop was also executed by rogue elements within the U.S. Intelligence Community who are relentless in their efforts to overthrow the Trump Administration.
As always, this extremely purposeful psyop was specifically designed to distract the American people from the Democrat’s exploding “Uranium One” scandal. The fake Russia-Trump collusion story was, in fact, concocted because the Democrats knew they had to muddy the waters. The DNC did not expect Trump to win last November; Deep State also knew that President Trump was privy to the entirety of Uraniumgate. Hence, the Deep State Democrats resolved themselves to associate Team Trump with Russia collusion when it was the Clinton Crime Family, the DNC and the Soros Money Machine who were really the guilty parties.
Quite incredibly, the only explanation that describes what really happened in Vegas is a full-blown Saudi counter-coup … coupled with a C.I.A. black op … together with an FBI entrapment scheme … and ending with a massive convoluted cover-up that continues to fall apart by the day.
At the very heart of all of these various black operations, burgeoning scandals, and false flag attacks is one of the most egregious betrayals ever to occur in the American Republic that was perpetrated by the Obama Administration—Uraniumgate. The U.S. government under Obama, especially with the assistance of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is also guilty of high treason and ongoing sedition, as well as premeditated genocide, calculated war crimes, and other crimes against humanity.
Mass Shooting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas
What really happened in Vegas can only be pieced together by the various whistleblower accounts that are slowly being posted on the Internet.
Because of the many established Saudi connections which clearly existed on that October 1st Sunday evening, everything points to a bona-fide remote counter-coup implemented by the anti-MBS camp in Saudi Arabia.
If the excellent photographic evidence that purports to show MBS being escorted out of the Tropicana Hotel by a SWAT team, then “bingo”, this whole story makes perfect sense.
What follows is the video from which the preceding photo was taken from. A forensic analysis of the video will conclusively reveal if the gentlemen in shorts is actually MBS.
Now take a closer look at the SWAT team member at point with the yellow shirt carrying the unusual weapon.
“Yellow-shirt guy is MOSSAD, using an Israeli x95 model rifle not available for sale in the US, is using the IDF 6-point of contact rifle grip, and is pointing a loaded firearm with finger on the trigger, not a US police doctrine, to say the least.”
(Source: Comment posted at Armed Men Point Guns at TROPICANA Casino on Night of Shooting)
The single most important part of this plot concerns MBS, the Crown Prince. That he is being protected by an IDF-MOSSAD operative certainly presents a critical issue. Has MBS been flipped by the POTUS? Before the election, Candidate Trump was quite vocal about Saudi Arabian involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was set on exposing it. After Inauguration Day President Trump does the biggest arms deal in memory with the Saudi regime. Then he backs the monarchy’s harsh provocations against Qatar. Trump had also signed off on a military operation inside of Yemen earlier this year. What’s really going on here? Has MBS since been flipped by Trump to cease and desist all funding and arming of ISIS? Is MBS operating in a strict survival mode; for his failure to follow Trump’s lead will expose the KSA ruling monarchy to the wrath of America for its complicity in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
This whole story only gets more complicated by the day.
While a full-blown counter-coup did take place in Las Vegas on October 1, so did a [PREMEDITATED] massacre of the C&W patriots who attended the HARVEST. However, those who participated in the Saudi counter coup had nothing to do with the carnage at the HARVEST music festival.
How to reconcile these two simultaneous dramas is the real challenge for every armchair investigator and deep researcher. Actually, the actual back story may look more like a false flag within a false flag conducted simultaneously with a 3rd false flag. Furthermore, each of these may have been part hoax (e.g. crisis actors) blended with obvious elements of reality (i.e. many people really died or were gravely wounded).
The resulting cloud of confusion from these various plots and sub-plots was supposed to guarantee that the very real sneak attack on the conservative concert-goers would elude detection. The ultimate effect would be to so intimidate the Right that they would not feel safe gathering together in public spaces anymore. The threat of more terror attacks would hang over their collective heads like the Sword of Damocles. In this way, the Trump movement would be hindered and its future initiatives stymied.
The crucial point here is that the Saudi counter coup is being aggressively disseminated — via the Alt Media — in order to present the false appearance of ‘collateral damage’ at the HARVEST. Again, unless they were MOSSAD agents who made up the MBS assassination team, Saudis would never risk being caught killing Americans after 9/11.
It ought to be very clear by now that the 58 killed and 546 injured at the “Mandalay Massacre” were NOT collateral damage. They were the victims of a highly coordinated false flag attack on the Patriot Movement. That stealth attack was the result of the clandestine war that is being commandeered by George Soros & Company. The agents of Deep State are attacking the Patriot Movement in a surreptitious manner until the Bolshevik cowards feel safe enough to come out into the open. They didn’t even show up to protest on their scheduled “regime change” day that was set for this past November 4th.
Who, then, can we say is floating this patently fake piece of the overall Saudi story, which seems to be quite accurate? And exactly why?
KEY POINT: The $64,000 question here is: How does the Saudi counter-coup fit into the CIA black op that shot up the HARVEST music venue? Saudi Purge Tied Directly To Vegas Massacre
State of the Nation
November 9, 2017
For President Trump to tweet the following 2 messages speaks volumes about where he’s at with the present Saudi rulers. The real coup here then is the US government reining in an out-of-control Wahhabi monarchy and citizenry. Only time will tell about this seeming diplomatic victory for Trump. Nevertheless, it’s the covert Israeli connection that is quite worrisome.
The husband and three children of a victim in the October’s Las Vegas concert massacre are seeking $45 million in damages from the estate of the gunman, PEOPLE confirms.
On Wednesday, the family of 31-year-old Keri Galvan — who was killed along with 57 other innocent people in the mass shooting on Oct. 1 — filed a creditor’s claim against the estate of shooter Stephen Paddock in Clark County, Nevada, according to court documents first obtained by The Blast.
Paddock, 64, shot down onto Galvan and thousands of others at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, opening fire from his nearby hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay casino.
In addition to killing 58 people, Paddock injured hundreds, according to police. He fatally shot himself as authorities closed in.
Documents filed in court and reviewed by PEOPLE show that Keri’s husband, Justin, and the couple’s three children, who are 10, 4 and 2 years old, are each seeking $10 million from Paddock’s estate.
The amount each family member is requesting represents Keri’s lost wages, her funeral expenses and the loss of her “love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, and emotional support,” the court records show.
Justin is seeking an additional $5 million for “intentional infliction of emotional distress and assault,” the documents state.
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The total size of Paddock’s estate following his death is unclear. Why authorities and his family have said he was a wealthy and successful gambler, investigators also said he lost a significant amount of money since 2015.
Paddock’s brother has been in charging of his estate and previously told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was focused on getting money to the victims from Paddock’s assets.
The plaintiffs’ attorney was not available to comment to PEOPLE and efforts to reach attorneys for Paddock’s estate were unsuccessful.
Multiple lawsuits have been brought in connection with the mass shooting against the hotel owner, MGM Resorts, and the concert organizer, Live Nation.
In an earlier statement MGM said, “Out of respect for the victims, we are not going to try this case in the public domain and we will give our response through the appropriate legal channels.”
The company described the mass shooting as “a meticulously planned, evil senseless act.”
“As our company and city work through the healing process, our primary focus and concern is taking actions to support the victims and their families, our guests and employees and cooperating with law enforcement,” MGM’s statement continued. (Live Nation also said it was unable to comment on the suits.)
Keri, a resident of Thousand Oaks, California, died in Justin’s arms, according to news reports.
She attended the festival with her husband and friends, her sister wrote on a fundraising page launched to help pay for her funeral expenses.
Her children were everything to her, a close friend previously told PEOPLE: “She lived and breathed being a mother. Her family is her entire world.”
Around dusk on a late November weekday, hundreds of people walked through Mandalay Bay, past empty restaurants just off the casino floor and toward the huge convention center.
Employees of CarMax, the nation’s largest used-car dealer, had gathered here from around the U.S. to attend the company’s annual President’s Club gala, an award ceremony to recognize top talent.
Roughly 4,500 people filled the convention center to eat, dance and hobnob with CarMax senior management. Many employees stayed at the hotel.
“It’s a business trip. We didn’t choose the Mandalay Bay. It was already chosen for us since last year,” said CarMax employee Felicia Green.
Visiting from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Green said she wouldn’t have stayed at the Mandalay Bay if she’d had a choice. The Oct. 1 mass shooting that occurred at the hotel was still too fresh in her mind. On that late October Sunday night, a VIP guest staying on the 32nd floor blackened the image of Mandalay Bay when he smashed his room windows to spray gunfire on thousands of concertgoers across Las Vegas Boulevard, killing 58 people.
The shooting raised questions about how the 3,211-room hotel would weather the stigma of the mass shooting. Would people want to gamble, party and sleep where one of the worst mass murderers in American history carried out his crimes?
For Jayson Baboolal, a leisure tourist, the answer is not now.
Visiting Las Vegas from Miami, Baboolal said he would “probably” stay at the Mandalay Bay at some point in the future, but for this trip he chose to stay at New York-New York.
“So many people died there (at the Las Vegas Village festival grounds, across from Mandalay Bay),” he said. “You just get the chills going in there.”
“So many people died there (at the Las Vegas Village festival grounds, across from Mandalay Bay),” he said. “You just get the chills going in there.”
MGM Resorts International Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren said Nov. 8 that bookings were returning to normal and forecast the casino operator’s Strip-wide revenue would be down only in the low to mid-single digits during the fourth quarter compared with that of the year-earlier period. That would suggest as much as a $65 million drop in Strip revenue. His forecast did not address direct financial impact on Mandalay Bay.
But the number of cancellations doubled immediately. Restaurateurs felt short-term pain, gamblers on the casino floor thinned out and hotel employees’ hours were eventually cut.
A repeat visitor commenting on TripAdvisor, a popular travel website, observed in early November that the hotel was “painfully slow.”
Spokeswoman Debra DeShong said the lower activity at Mandalay Bay is driven by seasonality and the fact that there is one fewer conference this month. She declined to give specific occupancy data for Mandalay Bay, citing regulatory requirements for publicly traded companies.
“As we’ve indicated previously, we expected occupancy at Mandalay Bay to be lower this December due to the timing of a rotating convention that was held last year.”
John DeCree, an analyst at Union Gaming, thinks the slowdown will be short-lived and limited mainly to vacationers.
“I think any near-term impact would be on leisure customers, who can be more flexible,” he said. “Vegas is still a great value for group and meeting planners, and Mandalay is one of the best hotels for meetings.”
Conventions drive many factors
Conventions, such as the one hosted by CarMax, have become even more crucial for Mandalay Bay in the wake of the shooting as leisure tourists like Baboolal look elsewhere.
Convention attendees account for about 40 percent of room nights at Mandalay Bay, compared with about 14 percent Strip-wide. They drive much more than just occupancy.
Mandalay Bay’s catering business surpassed $100 million in revenue last year on the back of group meetings. Convention attendees tend to drop more on average for restaurants and entertainment than leisure visitors, according to Applied Analysis.
Conventions are booked years in advance, require months of planning and are difficult to cancel on short notice. As a result, Mandalay Bay has seen nearly no major group meeting cancellations, according to MGM management.
Companies and organizations hosting conventions at Mandalay Bay since Oct. 1 said they had few to no attendee cancellations. For attendees, including those at CarMax, it may be the only chance during the year to meet senior management, top clients or take necessary industry classes and exams.
Retail and restaurants
Mandalay Bay food establishments and retail stores near the convention area say they have weathered the post-shooting visitor slump better than other businesses because they are less dependent on leisure tourists.
“We haven’t seen too much of a decrease. Companies are still booking those conventions. The other restaurants, they are feeling the hit,” said one manager, who spoke on condition of anonymity because employees were told not to speak to the press about the shooting and business.
But it’s a different story for retail and restaurants at the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay and on the casino floor, employees say.
A shopping area filled with 30 businesses — including restaurants, bars and stores offering clothing, candy and souvenirs — the Shoppes connects Mandalay Bay to neighboring Luxor.
November through December is traditionally slow for Strip casinos, but workers at the Shoppes say that is not the only reason there are few shoppers.
“It is not just the holidays. People seem to be hesitant to come down this way (from Luxor),” said one store worker, who described hiding in a back room with customers as reports spread of an active shooter in the hotel on Oct. 1.
Several restaurants and amenities in the hotel are taking slightly longer breaks this holiday season, two people said.
The spa, which shut for five days last holiday season, will be closed for a month this year. DeShong said the spa is closed “for previously planned renovations.”
According to Mandalay Bay’s website, Fleur by Hubert Keller will be closed for lunch for six weeks through Dec. 28 and for dinner for three weeks through Dec. 22. Red Square and Lupo by Wolfgang Puck will be closed for two weeks in December, while Libertine Social just reopened after a two-week break.
A few miles away on the Strip, three restaurants at Wynn and Encore will be closed for 11 to 14 days in December.
Still, there was a short-term pall over Mandalay Bay.
“This place is covered in blood. It sucks,” said one restaurateur in frustration in early November.
“This place is covered in blood. It sucks,” one restaurateur said in frustration in early November.
The individual said revenue in the first six weeks after the shooting was down 30 to 50 percent from last year.
But another employee at another restaurant said in late November that the tide has turned, echoing the words of MGM management.
“We were down quite a bit after the incident, but it is starting to pick up,” the employee said.
The hotel has closed off several floors this holiday season, including the 32nd floor, said DeShong. Mandalay Bay manages 38 floors in the 43-story building. The Four Seasons operates five floors.
“During slower periods, it is not uncommon to shut down floors,” said DeShong.
Hotel workers taking reservations over the phone at The Venetian and Palazzo said all floors are open. They also said that they did not know of any seasonal closings. A hotel worker taking reservations at the SLS Las Vegas, which investors have said is on the “’verge of bankruptcy,” also said that all floors are open.
UNLV hospitality professor Mehmet Erdem said it’s not unusual for hotels to close floors for a few days for renovation, maintenance and deep-cleaning during a slow season.
Mandalay Bay has since put many full-time workers on a so-called reserve list, in effect cutting their weekly work hours. MGM Resorts said the cuts affected several hundred of its roughly 7,000 workers.
The cuts, which affected the front desk, among other areas, led to nearly hourlong check-in lines around the CarMax event. But the check-in lines vanished when the convention was over.
To help mend its image and regain customers, the hotel has boosted security, including the addition of three permanent guards by the elevators leading up to rooms. One restaurant manager said more security has been added than the eye can see.
“There are more undercover security. The hotel didn’t want to make a big presence and scare everyone, so they put them in plainclothes,” he said.
Green, the CarMax employee, said she noticed the security presence, which made her feel “reassured that we’re safe.”
Cousins Keamak Smith and Marcus Smith, who were visiting from Houston and staying at Mandalay Bay in late November, said they had planned their trip four months before the shooting and didn’t have any reservations about coming.
“He’s not coming back,” Keamak Smith said, referring to the Oct. 1 gunman. “And security is going to be pretty beefed up.”
Marcus Smith said it’s eerie to think about what happened at Mandalay Bay, but he agreed with Keamak that “at the end of the day, you still have to live.”
Importance of conventions
The CarMax convention and the dozens of other events held at Mandalay Bay since Oct. 1 underscore the importance and stickiness of corporate group business, which will support Mandalay Bay over the coming months or years until the shooting narrative fades from the headlines and leisure tourists return.
“It seems like the only thing people talk about is the shooting,” Baboolal said, referencing overheard conversations during his travels to Las Vegas Nov. 30.
“We come to Vegas a lot, and I’m wondering if it did impact the people coming down here [for vacation].”
The leisure tourist slowdown and floor closures haven’t significantly affected average daily room prices at Mandalay Bay. The average room price for December is actually up 5 percent from last year and was up 1 percent over November, according to JPMorgan. MGM Grand saw larger price increases of 11 percent and 5 percent, respectively, for November and December.
Strip hotels, including Mandalay Bay, are benefiting from a strong U.S. economy and a lack of new room construction on Las Vegas Boulevard, which has kept occupancy in the low 90 percent range for most of the year.
Cutting prices to fill rooms at Mandalay Bay might only steal guests from other MGM properties such as the MGM Grand, which is in the same price segment.
“Where we are in the supply-demand curve, casinos have flexibility to raise prices or fill their rooms with the best possible customers,” said Union Gaming’s DeCree. “Pricing is the focus now, less so occupancy.”
MGM is promising that business will get better at Mandalay Bay in the coming months as the new convention season kicks off.
“We have talked about a strong convention calendar for 2018, but we have an equally strong entertainment calendar at all of our arenas as well,” Murren said Nov. 8.
The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson. Sands operates The Venetian and Palazzo.