It is another sign the pandemic is not over — a Las Vegas Strip property is shutting its doors for several days a week.
The Encore at Wynn Las Vegas has announced that starting next week, it will only be open from Thursdays at 2 p.m. to Sundays, with final check out for guests at noon on Mondays.
The resort said in a press release, “the five-day, four-night schedule will continue indefinitely until consumer demand for Las Vegas increases.”.
As Las Vegas continues to reel from the COVID-19 pandemic, more properties could be headed in this direction. Fewer visitors mean operating costs are likely higher than revenue streams at many Vegas resorts. With most conventions being on hiatus, Las Vegas doesn’t have a lot of mid-week occupancy, so it makes sense to close hotels, or even the entire resort during the week, If the current conditions continue, we could see more properties do this.
In a statement today, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said: “There are plenty of hotel rooms available both weekdays and weekends in Las Vegas. Our resort partners look forward to welcoming larger trade shows and conventions back to the destination when it’s safe and feasible to do so and they will adjust their weekday room inventory based on visitor demand.” Walking through the Encore Tuesday evening to get a first-hand look at the situation. There were only a handful of people on the casino floor..
Closing of another standalone resort during the week is presenting a little bit more of a challenge than Las Vegas was looking for. The Encore joins the Palazzo with limited hours.