Now it's finally ready to go. 70,000 are expected for the debut of the new World Market Center. Which, not so coincidentally, is opening at the same time that Association of Woodworking and Furniture Suppliers Expo is in town.
It's a boost for Vegas during a "dead" time, if there is one. Officials report that June, July and December are the only months they don't book 300,000 rooms. The World Market Center opening should eliminate July from that list.
Still, some hoteliers are skeptical of the overall positive revenue impact. My favorite quote from the article:
"The wild card is, `Will this turn into another Comdex in terms of gaming revenue? Will these folks be so busy doing their business that they'll disappear from the casinos for 12 to 15 hours a day?' " (Golden Nugget VP Marketing Dan) Shumny said, citing attendees of the long-running technology show's reputed lack of interest in anything but computers and topless dancers.
In related news, it was 117 degrees in Las Vegas yesterday. It cooled to 113 today.