Las Vegas is known for its glitz, glamour, and casino night life. The gaming business is what keeps the town humming. Though Las Vegas used to boast a cheap getaway, with special air fares and hotel room packages – times have changed.
The corporate structure and investment of Sin City has long since become more of a tourist destination rather than just a place that attracted gamblers and heavy partiers – although, there is still plenty of that to be had.
It could be its mafia history – but conducting business in Las Vegas is really unlike doing businesses anywhere else in the nation. When mobster Bugsy Siegel famously finished the Flamingo desert retreat right after Christmas in 1946, everyone said he was nuts. And he was, according to legend. But nutty people can also be very charismatic, as Siegel was. They are the ones that are obsessed with and want to form the future …something that regular folk have no interest in doing.
This could be why the entrepreneurial vibe in Vegas has always been so apparent. Regardless of which corporate giants decide to descend upon the city, the rough and tumble of its humble beginnings prevail. Even so, the cost of a hotel meeting room is more than would be expected. But when you think about it – perhaps not.
Places like the Bellaggio, with an art gallery featuring some of the world’s most cherished art charge hefty fees for business meeting spaces. That piano bar in the adjoining lobby costs a lot to maintain, not to mention its Conservatory and Botanical Gardens next door.
When Bugsy Siegel opened The Flamingo on December 26, 1946 – it got a poor reception and closed soon thereafter. But like a rising phoenix, it reopened in March of 1947 as a finished hotel. Too bad Siegel never got to see what Vegas has become because it’s surely surpassed even his very wildest dreams.
Visionaries come in many forms. Like Siegel believed in Las Vegas, when Bill Grodnik founded Davinci Meeting Rooms in 2008, there were never any doubts that the business would work. Because of people like him, more small business owners and entrepreneurs stand a chance at success with meeting rooms available for them to pitch deals and impress clients. Just like the big boys – so that what happens in Vegas doesn’t need to stay in Vegas.