Shuttered Vegas Casino Tour: What Sin City Looks Like 6 Months Later!

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Closed Vegas Casinos Tour

Closed Vegas Casinos Tour September 2020

It’s no secret that times are tough in Las Vegas right now. The economy is slowly coming back to life, but the bread and butter of Vegas is tourism and that sector will take a long time to recover. Add in Vegas’ huge reliance on large gatherings (shows, conferences, etc.) and the prognosis isn’t good.

Las Vegas is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world and thus has tons of spaces dedicated to serving those tourists. With so much supply and not enough demand, the city has had to close tons of restaurants, venues and yes even entire hotels/casinos because there simply aren’t enough people coming.

Casinos Closed Since March

Vegas casinos closed back in March and were able to reopen back in June, but unfortunately as of now many casinos still have boarded up doors and no announced reopening date. Given the fact that these buildings are normally open 24/7, the irony is real and they’re interesting to look at.

A couple of months ago I did a very popular video highlighting the closed casinos of Vegas and I have now updated it as of September 2020  (see above or watch on YouTube). Unfortunately so many popular Vegas casinos are closed, but the good news is some places have started to reopen. In this video you’ll see many of the still closed casinos of Vegas (as of today) and an update on some of the casinos which have just opened in the past couple of weeks! Progress.

This closed Vegas casinos tour includes: Park MGM, Bally’s, Tropicana, Oyo, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station, Palms, Rio, Eastside Cannery, Colorado Belle, Buffalo Bill’s, Main Street Station & Planet Hollywood! You don’t want to miss what Vegas looks like right now even if it is a little sad.

Closed Vegas Casinos Tour September 2020 – Bottom Line

Las Vegas has tons of closed, boarded and shuttered casinos but things are headed in the right direction with visitor numbers increasing slightly and more casinos opening. It’s a fascinating time in Las Vegas. What do you think is the future of the closed casinos in the video? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. I am here in LV right now for work. Some stuff might still closed, but I went for a walk last night after dinner and the Strip was PACKED. As was my flight out here — only 3 seats open! Vegas might not be hitting on all cylinders, but there seem to be plenty of people out looking or a good time.

    • I think the weekends have been fine, but the midweeks feel very empty because a lack of conventions. It will be interesting to see how the numbers grow, but I have definitely been hearing the weekends are very busy. I wonder how much of that is locals getting out and how much is tourists.

  2. A few months back, when an attempt was made for a limited opening, many hotels offered cheap room rates and excessive bs fees. I didn’t consider this a way to get people back to Vegas. Years ago, some conventions were open to the general public or a non-VIP.

  3. What are your thoughts on convention business returning? The leisure market is good for weekend business but without conventioneers it’s still going to be a tough slog. I’d guess that we’re looking at 6 months plus after a viable vaccine for conventions to even get close to normal since so much lead time is required.

    • No organizer would want to take on that risk. So your options are, herd immunity, great vaccine (& high rate of vaccination) or a cure.

    • I agree with ABC that it will probably be awhile before conventions happen and they may be heavily altered if they do. So much of Vegas was built for those conventions and it will be a tough go until they come back with some sort of normalcy. Weekends may be busier but midweeks will suffer tremendously without convention attendees.


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