Through WCCUSD’s Ivy League Connection program, Hercules High School Students Justine Betschart, Stacy Chan, Ramiah Davis-Shephard, Louisa Man, Julia Maniquiz, and Yueming Wang will be attending Cornell University to either study Freedom and Justice or Hotel Operations Management during the summer of 2009.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Las Vegas: the American Sin City
That is so far my favorite description of Vegas.
Las Vegas is the American "Sin City" located in the middle of the Nevada desert. Did you know that despite its odd location, it is the most visited city on Earth? Did you know that the gaming industry in Vegas was mostly initiated by mobs? Did you know that many developments are still in progress even in today's economy? Everything about Las Vegas is intriguing!
For our class's purpose, we are relating the success of large companies in Vegas to the hotels and its casinos. Unlike hotels in other areas, the hotel casinos have more factors to consider such as how much money is the customer willing to gamble before deciding whether a guest should be accepted or declined. Whereas most hotels make majority of their profits from rooms, these hotels rely on the success of their casino counterparts to contribute a good portion of money to their bottom line.
Rather than having a lecture on casinos and hotel operations, Professor Reneta decided to approach it differently by allowing us to watch parts of a movie about the developments in Las Vegas since the very beginning. In addition, she also showed us some of the extra features from her Ocean's Thirteen movie which proved to be very educational.
When thinking about Vegas, the first thought that crosses my head is gaming and gambling, which both have negative connotations in our society. After learning more about it, I view the "Sin City" more as a location that sets innovative trends for the world and supports the most creative yet successful business strategies.
P.S. Since tomorrow is the second to last day of school, I believe I will be very busy. My group would need to finish all of our work for our final report tomorrow so I am uncertain when I will be able to blog. But I promise that I will blog!!