After the massive backlash unleashed by paid parking at Las Vegas resorts, Wynn Resorts seems to have embarked on a mission to put an end to the trend… sort of
In a Monday statement, the hotel and casino giant said that it has decided to drop fees for self-parking. The company first reversed its parking policy in July 2017, when it introduced paid parking at its Wynn Las Vegas and Encore properties on the Strip. To say that guests and visitors were outraged is putting their reactions lightly.
Last summer, Wynn moved to reverse its policy. The company announced that starting July 1, 2018, it would be treating overnight guests and patrons to free parking as long as they spent at least $50 at its properties.
The company said Monday that starting May 1, self-parking will be free for all guests of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, without limitation. Valet parking will remain free for overnight guests at the two properties.
Commenting on the Monday announcement, Marilyn Spiegel, President of Wynn Las Vegas, said that creating a seamless experience for their visitors and guests “is a cornerstone of the five-star service” they provide and that this “extends to [their] complimentary parking facilities, where [they] take great care to ensure they are safe, spotless, and accessible” for all guests.
Wynn’s new parking policy is hoped to reverse a trend that could otherwise have a dangerous impact on Las Vegas at a time when the city seems to have finally overcome the worst effects of the 2008 great recession.
However, it seems that Wynn might have increased resort fees from $39 to $45, or at least this is what Las Vegas sources claim.
Is Dropping Parking Fees Becoming the New Trend?
Paid parking first became a thing in Las Vegas in 2016, when MGM Resorts International announced that it would start charging guests and visitors of its many Las Vegas resorts a parking fee. Other major gaming and hospitality companies followed suit, including Wynn and Caesars Entertainment Corp. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, a luxury Strip resort, also introduced paid parking at some point.
Last summer, Wynn became a bit of a pioneer by nixing, to an extent, parking fees at its properties. Many hoped that the paid parking trend would finally be reversed, and indeed some progress has been made in that direction.
Late last year, The Cosmopolitan announced that it was dropping parking fees and that its visitors would not be charged separately for parking and valet service. The parking fees were incorporated into the resort fee, which increased to $39 from $35. The new policy took effect on January 1, 2019.
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