Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Changing economies of scale in hospitality and tourism

from Meetings & Convention's listserv . . .

"Closing today is the Stardust Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Boyd Gaming Corp., the property's owners, will demolish the building to make way for the $4 billion Echelon Place development that will open in 2010. When it debuted in 1958, the Stardust was the city's largest hotel but has since been dwarfed. The Stardust's 1,552 rooms will be replaced by Echelon's 5,300, while the former's 25,000 square feet of meeting space will be obliterated by Echelon's 650,000-square-foot ExpoPlace Convention Center."

Are there limits to these economies of scale? How big can hotel/resorts become? Little research has looked at these issues.

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