MGM Resorts announces paid parking policy for locals

MGM Resorts has begun to provide information about their new paid parking policy and how locals will be affected. Many members have received the following message:

MGM Resorts Parking Policy for Locals
MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International is taking steps to implement a $90 million parking strategy to expand parking availability, implement technology upgrades and reduce the hassle and frustration resulting from outdated and inefficient facilities.

In order to fund these investments—and the ongoing maintenance and capital improvements of our parking facilities—we will be instituting fees for self- and valet parking. Fees will begin to roll out at our Las Vegas hotels on June 6, 2016. These rates remain significantly below those of other highly popular tourism destinations.

As a local Nevada resident, our self-parking will continue to be complimentary to you through December 29, 2016, with the presentation of a valid Nevada driver’s license.

To extend complimentary parking beyond that date, you may choose to participate in M life Rewards, the loyalty program of MGM Resorts. Once you achieve Pearl tier status, self-parking is complimentary. Gold, Platinum and NOIR M life Rewards members also receive complimentary valet parking.

All parking is subject to availability.

The environment in Las Vegas has changed dramatically in the decades since amenities like low-quality dining, lodging and free parking were offered to attract customers. Growth in tourism and our local population—including many more cars on our local roadways—requires more parking availability, more efficient, modern parking systems and more frequent maintenance and upgrades to our aging facilities—all of which come at significant cost.

We have come to this decision with a great deal of care, particularly knowing we would be breaking with Las Vegas tradition. We know this change in strategy may be difficult in the short term, but it supports our aspirations for continuing to invest in the Las Vegas community for many years to come.

Click here for a complete overview of our parking policy.

Sincerely,

Lili Tomovich
Chief Experience Officer

M life Experience
MGM Resorts International

©2016 MGM Resorts International®. All rights reserved.

MGM Resorts International
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

The new MGM paid parking policy will directly impact the work experience of professional guides and event staff who routinely work on the Strip at MGM Resorts properties. Gone are the days of easy coming and going from a job at one of MGM Resorts’ properties.

While we expect that this will not be the norm, at least one local employer of guides and event staff has announced that they will not reimburse MGM Resorts parking fees. What are your thoughts on this? Should step-on guides and event staff be expected to spend enough at MGM Resorts properties to reach the necessary M Life status to be able to avoid these fees, or are you ok with absorbing them, cutting into your income? This is an issue that we will be addressing more in the coming months.

What are your thoughts? How will this affect you? What solutions would you like to see enacted for those in our industry who routinely work at MGM Resorts properties providing professional services to their and our guests/clients?

Find Your Park from Vegas!

2016 is the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service. To celebrate, and encourage visits to our national parks, the NPS has created a website called Find Your Park, www.findyourpark.com. In conjunction with this campaign, local Las Vegas entities put together a similar site, www.findyourpark.vegas, which focuses on parks within a five hour drive of Las Vegas. It’s a fun and easy-to-use resource for visitors and locals who are looking for awesome things to do around Vegas.

If you’re coming to Vegas and planning to get out of town and explore the natural beauty that can be found nearby, after you’ve found your park, we suggest you take advantage of the knowledge and experience of a Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide to add depth and value to your visit and ensure your travel is smooth and easy! Find your LVTGG professional guide here.

Home page of www.findyourpark.vegas

Looking for a Las Vegas Tour Guide?

Looking for a professional tour guide while in Las Vegas?  Look no further than the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild.

Here, you will find a list of  dedicated professional tour guides for the Las Vegas area and the regional National Parks, as well as for over-the-road destinations.  Also, many of our members speak foreign languages, and these are listed on the Members Page and a separate foreign-language guides page.

Go For Quality!

Tour guides in Las Vegas are a dime a dozen, we know that!  Many are just part-time guides who want to make extra money and think they may know a thing or two about the location.

Don’t take that chance with your tour!  For quality, educated and informed professional Las Vegas tour guides, tour directors and event specialists, you want a Guide from The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild.

Many of our members have been certified as professional Las Vegas Tour Guides by the guild, meaning they have completed and passed the guild’s rigorous 8-week Las Vegas Guide training class and testing. Just ask them about it – they are proud of their achievement and it shows in the quality of their Las Vegas tours!

Whether for your Las Vegas tour group, or for a specialized Las Vegas tour during your Las Vegas vacation, a professional Las Vegas tour guide will ensure you have the best possible experience.

Hire A Trusted Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide ~

Hire your Las Vegas Tour Guide from The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild.

A listing of our members and their contact information can be found here.

A listing of members who have been certified via the guild’s Las Vegas Guide training program can be found here.

Members who speak various languages are listed here.

Our members look forward to showing you and your group the best of Fabulous Las Vegas!

If you have any questions or comments for the guild, please contact us.

The LAST Hammargren Nevada Day Open House

For those who don’t know, the Hammargren home(s) are a Vegas treasure, full of quirky and unique collections from Las Vegas, Nevada, and the world. Once a year for almost the last 20 years, they open their home to the public, and they’ve said that this will be the last time. If you can, a visit is well worth your time!

“Hammargren Home of Nevada History”

 Sandy & Lonnie Hammargren invite YOU to

The 19th Annual and LAST Open House

This is an official function of Nevada’s 150th Birthday –

*A Sesquicentennial Celebration*

Celebrating

NEVADA DAY

SATURDAY & SUNDAY- NOVEMBER 1 & 2, 2014

Noon to 5:00 PM

DONATION ♥ $15.00 ♥ per person ♥ under 12 FREE

Non-Stop Live Las Vegas Entertainers

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ♫ TOURS REFRESHMENTS

Proceeds to Benefit

“The Mid-East Memorial Wall” ♥

4318 Ridgecrest Drive ♠ Las Vegas, Nevada 89121

Hammargren House Map

Please PARK with Courtesy to the Neighbors

 Go towww.nevadaday.orgfor more info.

Nevada Day 150 Years of Statehood

LVTGG Tourism Event – May 21, 2014 – Tourism, Hospitality, and the Lure of the West

 

TOURISM, HOSPITALITY, AND THE LURE OF THE WEST:

HOW THE HARVEY HOUSES PAVED THE WAY FOR LAS VEGAS

 Wednesday, May 21, 2014

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Art Square Theater, 1025 S. First Street, Las Vegas, Nevada

6:00 pm – Reception and book signing, featuring authentic Harvey House inspired menu items

Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First

(behind Art Square, adjacent to Mingo’s)

Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by Nevada Humanities, the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild (LVTGG) and UNLV’s College of Hotel Administration, with support from UNLV’s History Department and the City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission.

Vintage Harvey House postcard

Join us for a spirited panel discussion exploring how the Harvey House empire of restaurants and hotels, under the guidance of hospitality pioneer Fred Harvey, paved the way for the development of Las Vegas as a tourist destination. The panel includes:

  • Andy Kirk, moderator, UNLV Professor of Public History
  • Stephen Fried, author, Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the West – one meal at a time.
  • David Schwartz, Director, UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research
  • Jan Jones, Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs, Caesars Corporation; former Mayor of Las Vegas
  • Opening remarks by Dean Stowe Shoemaker, UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration

The program includes the screening of an excerpt from the recently released documentary, The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, a film that chronicles the first significant female workforce in the US. Fred Harvey was a groundbreaking entrepreneur who established the first national chain of restaurants, hotels and book stores along the Santa Fe Rail Road from Chicago to California.

The Harvey House model of cultural travel, hospitality and culinary invention in the late 19th and early 20th centuries set the stage for a thriving industry that would invigorate the economy and culture of the West. Considered the father of hospitality, Fred Harvey was a pioneer in branding and mythologizing the west.

For more information about this program, call Richard Hooker, LVTGG, 702.592.2164

A WSJ review of Stephen Fried’s book can be found at this link.

You can view, print, and share the event flyer from this link.

The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild is a professional association of tour guides and travel industry professionals promoting the scope and integrity of tour guiding in Nevada. The Harvey House event, cosponsored by the Guild, is part of a series of educational and informational programs developed and presented by LVTGG in partnership with other organizations.