Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What Happens at Hotel School, Stays in Hotel School

When I was younger, whenever I would visit a place like Reno or Las Vegas, I would take an hour or two drawing on the hotel's notepad, creating designs for complicated hotel casino resorts that would adorn the skyline of some random city, on top of the ruins of an imploded monument of money.

Reminders of that came today as the class focused on casinos and gaming.  We discussed the difference between hotel casinos and casino hotels, as well as the gaming focus of casinos and how important it is that the hotel supports the casino.

We also had a quick run-through of the casino mogul Steve Wynn, and the importance of his role in turning Lsa Vegas from a smaller casino town to the "entertainment capital of the world."  He seems like a very nice person who happened to take the right chances in life, but then again, that is how all businessmen work.  Well, when it comes to the gaming industry anyway.

The most peculiar and interesting thing I noticed, there are extremely small details that go into working casinos successfully.  Things such as dim lighting, low ceilings, and even the way cards are dealt give gamblers a reason to be more comfortable, thus spending more money.  It is amazing how this kind of psychology works on gamblers.

On the flipside (again, if you understand this, you are great), we worked a little more on our project.  We managed to get new data and a working system, which is good.  I just hope that tomorrow, we can finish before the end of the day.  I do not want to worry about working on it before the premier tomorrow.

My side story today involved a nice little tour of the Statler Hotel.  Our TA Patrick took us around to see a few of the rooms, as well as the back office and conference rooms.  It was a fun little tour, and we finally got to see where the Hotel students could apply what they learned.

Anyways, it's pretty late, so I think I will turn in.  Tomorrow is a long day, and there is a lot of work to do.  I have a feeling it will be a good one.

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