LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Las Vegas casino owner Derek Stevens is optimistic about the city's economic recovery after Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced a plan to ease capacity limits and constraints starting Monday.
Sin City was previously unlucky and is currently limping to a fraction of the footfall with shops far from normal.
Stevens says he thinks happiness will soon change.
"I'm pretty optimistic about what will happen in the second half of 2021 and I definitely think that in 2022 it will just roar everywhere," Stevens said in a one-on-one interview with 13 investigators.
Stevens said just hours after the governor announced that the state would return to 50% capacity by mid-March and increase the congregation size to 250 people, his team began planning and preparing next steps.
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"If I told you I attended about four meetings today, I wouldn't be telling the truth because those four meetings were held last night and we are thinking of what we can do," said Stevens.
Weddings and other bookings already start to peak after the announcement.
According to Stevens, it is important that Las Vegas, especially downtown, entertain guests in order to get back to what the city does best.
"A lot of people have said it's going to be like the 20s, well, maybe because I think there's so much demand to get out of the house and have some fun." added Stevens.
Stevens predicts that downtown will recover slightly faster than other parts of the Strip, as tourists and visitors to Fremont Street tend to be independent travelers, while the Strip sees more visitors and convention-related businesses.
"If you have a business and 20% of all your business is convention, it will take a little longer," said Stevens.
Starting Monday February 15th, MGM Resorts announced that some shows like Brad Garrett's Comedy Club and Thunder from Down Under will increase the capacity to 100 people.
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Carrot Top and Fantasy at Luxor will restart their respective shows starting Friday February 19th.
MJ Live will also be returning to The Strat with shows starting March 18th.