MGM Resorts' 'Work from Las Vegas' travel package comes with an executive assistant - Reno Gazette Journal

MGM Resorts' 'Work from Las Vegas' travel package comes with an executive assistant - Reno Gazette Journal

MGM Resorts' 'Work from Las Vegas' travel package comes with an executive assistant - Reno Gazette Journal

Posted: 06 Aug 2020 06:01 AM PDT


The Las Vegas Strip is slowly awakening after a nearly 80-day slumber due to the coronavirus crisis. USA TODAY

LAS VEGAS – MGM Resorts is now luring business professionals to resorts with 'Work from Vegas' travel packages that include discounted jet service, rooms as cheap as $100-per-night and a living, breathing executive assistant.

The new program is called Viva Las Office, and it's the latest example of a Las Vegas company pumping up perks to boost bookings in the wake of coronavirus travel fallout.

"Can we make it work? Are we filling a need that's really big out there?" said Atif Rafiq, president of commercial and growth at MGM Resorts, in an interview with the USA TODAY Network. "We think so, but we need to try and learn."

Rooms as cheap at $100 per night

The largest hotel-casino company on the Las Vegas Strip, MGM Resorts operates properties like New York-New York, Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand. But this new travel package – billed as "the ultimate home-away-from-the-home office experience" – is limited to Bellagio and ARIA.

Viva Las Office offers three options for the working traveler looking to get away for a three- to five-night stay while maximizing workdays – each with hotel stays costing between $100 and $350 per night with resort fees.

In August 2019, the base weekday rate at the Bellagio was about $169 a night, while the weekend base rate was $229, according to Las Vegas Advisor. 

Upon arrival, visitors will be connected with a dedicated concierge – cheekily called an "executive assistant" – who is available to handle reservations and scheduling throughout the trip.

"This is a real person," Rafiq said of the assistant who works on the resort's concierge staff. "It's a well-trained person who has taken care of thousands of guests and requests before, so they are hyper-experienced and ready to bring you some hospitality. There are some parameters. I'm not sure we'll get you a unicorn request at two in the morning, but we'll obviously try our best."


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Discounted semiprivate flights

Travelers also have the option to book a discounted flight to Las Vegas through regional airline JSX. MGM partnered with the semiprivate jet service to offer travelers $75, $100 or $125 off round-trip tickets.

Discount levels depend on which travel package is selected. For example, a Seattle-Las Vegas trip that usually costs around $375 will cost around $300 with "The Associate" discount. That same flight would cost $253 with "The Executive" discount. 

Here's a breakdown of the "work from Vegas" packages now being offered online


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The Associate

·      Room accommodations: Bellagio Resort or ARIA Deluxe

·      Executive assistant

·      $50 food and beverage credit

·      $75 off round-trip flights with JSX

·      $100 average per night for hotel stay

The Manager

·      Room accommodations: Bellagio "Stay Well Fountain" or ARIA "Stay Well Deluxe"

·      Executive assistant

·      $50 food and beverage credit

·      $100 off round-trip flights with JSX

·      Two VIP pool day passes

·      Poolside massage

·      $150 average per night for hotel stay

The Executive

·      Room accommodations: Bellagio "Salon Suite" or ARIA "City Corner Suite"

·      Executive assistant

·      $75 food and beverage credit

·      $125 off round-trip flights with JSX

·      Full-day cabana rental

·      Poolside massage

·      $350 average per night for hotel stay

A struggling tourism economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the Las Vegas Strip into a glut of empty rooms with the convention and meetings business gone and unlikely to return in the near future.

CES, the giant consumer technology trade show that kicks off convention season each January, announced the 2021 show would be virtual instead of in person.

It all adds up to cheap travel packages, especially as summer vacation season winds down and resorts fight for an even smaller pool of travelers.

After Nevada casinos reopened June 4, McCarran International Airport's passenger count was back over 1 million in June. But that's still a 76.6% drop from June 2019, when the airport served more than 4.4 million travelers.

Travel fallout and a sustained shutdown of MGM Resorts properties to stem the spread of COVID-19 contributed to a second quarter operating loss of $1 billion for the company.


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MGM's pitch to business travelers to stoke visitation numbers and spending follows a similar move by Las Vegas-based airline Allegiant.

In late August, the company plans to peddle work-from-Vegas travel packages to professionals in larger cities Allegiant serves, including Oakland; Cincinnati; Rockford, Illinois and even close-by Phoenix. 

"The business traveler paying on the corporate card is now giving way to the individual travelers paying their own way to work remote, but away from home.''' Scott DeAngelo, the airline's chief marketing officer, said on the airline's earnings call last week

Contributing: Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY. 

Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network. Do you care about democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal right here

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142 Million Guests: Hackers Attempt to Sell MGM Grand Data Dump for Cryptocurrency - Bitcoin News

Posted: 19 Jul 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Last year the giant resort firm MGM Grand was hacked and the cybercriminals ostensibly obtained a massive dump of names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth. Now according to vendors on the deep web, hackers have been trying to sell the data dump for monero or bitcoin. The hackers claim the dump has over 142 million MGM Grand guests' information.

A recent report details that hackers have been trying to unload a large data dump with information on an alleged 142 million MGM Grand hotel guests.

The hackers have been attempting to sell the data on darknet markets for roughly $2,939 worth of bitcoin (BTC) or monero (XMR). The report initially stemmed from Zdnet and it was assumed last year that the hackers only obtained information concerning 10 million guests in 2019.

The sellers now claim there is data for approximately 142,479,937 MGM Grand hotel guests. However, the security group who monitored MGM Grand's data say the hackers may be lying about how much information they actually stole.

Night Lion Security founder, Vinny Troia, told the columnist Catalin Cimpanu via email correspondence that the company did not own or manage MGM's full database. A spokesperson from MGM Grand responded to an email from Cimpanu as well and stated:

MGM Resorts was aware of the scope of this previously reported incident from last summer and has already addressed the situation. The vast majority of data consisted of contact information like names, postal addresses, and email addresses.

The Empire Market advertisement for the MGM Grand data dump.

When the data leak was revealed to the public, it was also discovered that the list of guests included a number of high-profile people and celebrities like the pop singer Justin Bieber and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.

The hackers did publish a free sample, so the public could see that the attacker's claims were seemingly legitimate. MGM Grand maintains that hotel stay details, Social Security numbers, and other types of financial data were not taken.

This isn't the first time the MGM Grand data has made waves on the web. Zdnet discussed the situation with the Head of Research at the intel firm KELA, Irina Nesterovsky, about the subject when the media discovered the leak in February 2019.

Nesterovsky claimed at the time that the data dump was previously sold to "private hacking circles since at least July 2019." Moreover, the posts that surfaced in Russia allegedly assert there was data on over 200 million MGM Guests.

Nesterovsky's claims suggest that the data dump might be being separated into parts and then sold for cryptocurrency.

What do you think about the MGM Grand data being sold on the deep web for monero and bitcoin? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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