Here at Gadling, Grant gave the scoop about Las Vegas’s economic woes last September. Gambling was down 16% from the previous year this past November, according to Steve Stephens, the Travel Editor for the Columbus Dispatch. The downturn has not just been in Vegas. This past week, I heard on the radio that Donald Trump’s casino company in Atlantic City is in danger of bankruptcy if the economy doesn’t pep up. With the new train service from New York City to Atlantic City, I wonder if this will help?
Along with Las Vegas, Stephens covered other casino economic troubles and how this translates to deals for travelers in his column Ticket to Write in today’s Dispatch.
Detroit’s Greektown and MotorCity Casinos are not doing as well as last year. Either are Indiana’s. This is the time to look to these places for vacation deals. At MotorCity Casino there are overnight packages that include a variety of perks like food credit and Red Wing hockey game tickets. The Detroit MGM Grande, that actually did well last year is still jumping in on the deal making. You can stay for three nights for the price of two.
Stephens also suggests is the Belterra Casino in Belterra, Indiana. There is a promotion that gives people a $100 resort card that can be used on various services ranging from golf to spa treatments on weekdays.The room rate is $100. On Friday, the room rate is $150 and on Saturdays it’s $200.
For the 55 and over crowd, more deals are to be made. Sign up for Club 55 membership at the Casino Aztar in Evansville and you’ll be able to stay for a screaming deal that range from $30 on Sundays to $69 on Fridays.