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Newest Vegas Resort Looks To Turn Around Lackluster First Quarter Report

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ first quarter of operations is in the books, and despite its high occupancy rate, the newest resort on the Strip reported a $56.8 million loss, the company said Friday.

The Cosmopolitan, which cost Deutsche Bank AG $3.9 billion to complete, generated $104.9 million in first-quarter revenue. It’s a revenue figure far less than its neighbors — Bellagio or Aria — reported in the first quarter.

Bellagio earned $251.4 million in net revenue, while Aria generated $225 million in revenue. Both Aria and Bellagio benefited from an well-established database of customers, which The Cosmopolitan continues to develop.

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Cosmo Las Vegas Says No No No To Expedia

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

In the price war still plaguing hotels on the Strip, the Cosmopolitan seems a bit like the new kid who’s too cool to play with the others.

Since the property opened in December, room rates have been slightly higher than other luxury resorts in town, running nightly rates of about $200 to $300 during the week and closer to $400 on weekends.

Based on online reviews, that seems fine by customers who rave about the property’s “chic” interiors and indie vibe.

Cosmopolitan is bucking the trend in other ways, too. It’s the only luxury hotel on the Strip not to sell rooms through Expedia, the dominant Internet hotel discounter serving Las Vegas. Expedia commonly sells five-star rooms for less than $200 a night through its Expedia.com, Hotels.com and Hotwire.com brands. It also takes about 20 percent in return, diminishing the hotel’s profit on each room but a decent trade-off for many Las Vegas hotels that make money on other amenities such as gambling and dining.

The price differential might be a short-term reaction to the buzz that typically surrounds a new resort rather than a long-term strategy. Competitors have opened their doors with cheaper rates since the downturn, though.

It’s hard to tell whether the strategy is working for the privately held Cosmopolitan, which doesn’t publish earnings.

One analyst thinks it’s risky given that Las Vegas visitors are sensitive to small differences in price. However, it’s a positive for other casinos that appear less concerned about competition from the Cosmopolitan than before, said Patrick Bosworth of Duetto Consulting in Las Vegas.

“It’s a branding play,” he said.

From Cosmo, “we are committed to building a unique luxury brand. We will continue to compete with other luxury properties in the Las Vegas market by providing guests with a meaningful and distinctive experience that they value and want to share with others,” said Lisa Marchese, senior vice president of brand marketing.

Tom Costello is the CEO, Partner & Co-Founder of Groups International, a company that provides marketing, consultative services, and technology solutions to the group and leisure travel markets.  Connect with him on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook or contact him by email.

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Las Vegas "Direct Connect" Hotels From Hotelmine

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Shimmering from the desert haze of Nevada like a latter-day El Dorado, Las Vegas is the most dynamic, spectacular city on earth.

At the start of the twentieth century, it didn’t even exist; now it’s home to two million people, and boasts nineteen of the world’s twenty-five largest hotels, whose flamboyant, no-expense-spared casinos lure in thirty-seven million tourists each year.Las Vegas has been stockpiling superlatives since the 1950s, but never rests on its laurels for a moment.

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Las Vegas picks up more 'Diamond Awards'

Las Vegas is now home to 10 AAA Five Diamond resorts, more than any other city in the country, AAA Travel announced Monday.

Aria Las Vegas

Aria and Mandarin Oriental are the latest additions to the list.

Aria and Mandarin Oriental received the prestigious award less than a year after opening. Both opened at MGM Resorts International’s $8.5 billion CityCenter project last December.

The CityCenter hotels join repeat winners Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, Palazzo, Venetian, Skylofts at MGM Grand, Four Seasons, Bellagio and the shuttered Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas, which will soon be taken over by Dolce Hotels & Resorts.

The Bellagio celebrated a milestone this year with its 10th consecutive Five Diamond award, while the Four Seasons now has 12 in a row.