There are almost 230 hotels already open in Las Vegas

Five questions with Visit Las Vegas: the Vegas Smart campaign was created to help keep visitors safe, including a call for face masks

Sandra Thomas Travel

I started my “Five questions with…” series more than two months ago with a plan to keep people thinking about travel amidst the fallout of COVID-19 — and in hopes of getting answers to questions about destinations that friends and family were already asking me.

As travel editor at the Vancouver Courier newspaper, a board member of the B.C. branch of the Travel Media Association of Canada, and a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, travel is a big part of my life, which meant I already had the contacts in place to get started.

Now with some destinations looking to slowly reopen, and, in an effort to catch a glimpse of future travel trends, I’m continuing to reach out to travel experts and tourism bureaus across Canada and the globe for answers to five similar questions.

And while no one can predict the future, all are hopeful travel will soon resume. But, how exactly that will look is anyone’s guess.

If you are part of a destination management organization or represent a property and want to share your thoughts, please drop me a line at

Five questions with Visit Las Vegas

Las Vegas is open for business. Photo Las Vegas News Bureau

Where does Canada fit in with your yearly visitors?

Canada is a vital market for Las Vegas, it is our number one source of international visitation to the destination. Vegas is now open and we can’t wait to welcome our Canadian visitors back.

With Las Vegas gradually opening, about what percentage of casinos and resorts/hotels are open?

By this weekend, there will be almost 230 hotels open in Las Vegas, and of the ones open, they represent approximately 108k hotel rooms.

However, not all those rooms are bookable/available. Resorts and hotels are operating at an optimal capacity ideal for each individual property.

The Neon Museum has introduced measures to promote social distancing. Photo Sandra Thomas

As Vegas opens, what can visitors expect? For example, how does social distancing work in a casino?

Our guest experience has been reimagined, but they can still enjoy many of the amenities — dining, gaming and relaxation and the “only-in-Vegas” offerings.

The health and wellbeing of our visitors continues to be our number one priority. We recognize the importance of emphasizing that health and wellbeing is a shared responsibility of the destination as well as our individual visitors and in turn launched our Vegas Smart campaign.

The #VegasSmart campaign is a reminder to visitors and locals that the destination is doing everything it can to be smart and help them stay healthy.

Our hospitality partners — which include our hotels and casinos, independent dining establishments and entertainment groups — are all following directives from the governor and Nevada gaming regulators.

Las Vegas entertainment, including live shows, will be phased in over time. These drums are from a previous backstage tour of the Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. Photo Sandra Thomas

Will there be live shows? Las Vegas’ entertainment will re-emerge in phases as our resort partners look to safely and responsibly bring shows back.

Visitors can still a enjoy a variety of different experiences — from our world-class resorts, to fine dining to outdoor adventure and nature tourism surrounding the city.

You can order the popular Slut coddled egg dish at Eggslut, located in the Cosmopolitan Casino Resort, to go. Photo Sandra Thomas

Do you predict there might be some food/hotels deals to be had in the next couple of months for future travel?

Yes, our guests can look forward to great value in Las Vegas. We have aggregated a collection of deals from various partners on our website to make planning your next trip to Vegas quick, easy and convenient.




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