Marie Osmond, Showgirls March In 'Protest'
Of Vegas Resort Fees
by Barbara DeLollis
July 25, 2011
Add Marie Osmond and Las Vegas showgirls to the list of people who can't stand resort fees, a report on CBSNews.com says.
On Thursday, Osmond - flanked by dozens of showgirls and other performers - marched on the Vegas Strip to "protest" the fact that some large Vegas hotels charge guests mandatory resort fees.
The colorful, photo-worthy "protest," however, was really a marketing move to promote the fact that Caesars Entertainment properties don't charge resort fees.
Osmond even launched a "savings clock" on one of the hotel's giant marquees, the Las Vegas Review-Journal notes.
The performers came from the Jubilee show at Bally's Las Vegas hotel-casino, and Osmond headlines a show at the Flamingo Las Vegas with her brother Donny, the CBS story says. Both hotels belong to Caesars Entertainment.
"It's extremely important for visitors to the city to be aware of the high prices they could be paying in mandatory resort fees," she said in a press release.
At rival Strip hotels such as Bellagio, MGM Grand and Venetian, guests fork over between $4.50 and $24.99 per night on top of their room rate for use of amenities, such as a fitness center or Internet service, the story says.
Besides Caesars Palace, Caesars properties in Vegas include Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood, Rio and Harrah's Las Vegas.
Marketing gimmick or not, resort fees are a valid concern among travelers in Vegas - and elsewhere. You'll find them at Gaylord convention-center hotels, Great Wolf Lodge water-park resorts and other large properties.
Back in January, Hotel Check-In readers had a field day attacking them, writing in a whopping 82 comments on my post, "Resort fees: Worse than paying for hotel Wi-Fi?"
Readers: What's your take on resort fees? Do you feel like you get any value out of them, or do the feel like a ploy by hotels to hike your room rate?