April 10, 2009
Las Vegas lures students with beer pong
Las Vegas has been advertising itself as a spring break destination for older collegians with
beer pong competitions and
shot girls bearing free drinks.
MGM Mirage's promotion also featured $59 hotel rooms and free pizza, The Washington Times reports.Las Vegas has lost a lot of business in the economic downturn. For students, however, the resort is a cheaper alternative to foreign trips.
Financially, I didn't think that I could afford to spend $1,200 or $1,500 on a trip to Mexico like everyone else was doing, said Lauren Yelichek, a junior at Kent State.
Yelichek said five nights at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino set her back $425, and she ended up in a suite because the hotel had so many empty rooms.
Bill Kalogeras, a junior at the College of Las Vegas and ambulance driver, said he has noticed more of his fellow students coming as tourists. He said Las Vegas, a day's drive from California, has also become an alternative to Mexico because of publicity about drug killings along the U.S.-Mexico border.