Sin City has been hanging tough throughout 2020 remaining a top-flight destination throughout the year. Strip properties such as the Paris and the Westgate reopened by the middle of the year, joined by the Tropicana and others later in the year. In fact, the wave of reopening made for a newsworthy year. It seemed, at times, a little hard to keep up!
Therefore, do what the locals do—follow Las Vegas events on social media. Twitter, in particular, offers high quality information–sometimes direct from the town’s movers and shakers–if you know where to look. Las Vegas Twitter features occasional commercial-type posts from hotels and eateries, but there are also accounts that offer up-to-the minute information—sometimes gossipy, but oftentimes reliable as to day-to-day happenings on the ground in the world’s greatest travel destination. Here are some handles worth checking out.
Vital Vegas [@VitalVegas – www.VitalVegas.com] provides an array of local news and seems pretty well tuned into local scuttlebutt. Some tweets report on events that travelers need to know about, such as local closings and state-mandated health policies. Most tweets are more positive and speculate on which properties are set to reopen and when. Don’t miss the tweets that celebrate players hitting it big at the slots! You will feel like you are there. Vital also retweets locals, so you are getting the real scoop.
Another useful local account that covers some of the same ground as Vital Vegas is Las Vegas Locally [@LasVegasLocally]. Locally, as its name implies, has even more of an emphasis on the local. This handle is also at times snarky, prone to jokes and memes. Locally seems at times more of an aggregator of Vegas news than Vital Vegas, but following it will certainly give you a feel for what’s on the minds of Sin City’s locals.
Vegas is not just hotels; foodies should find Eater Vegas [@EaterVegas] a useful resource for Sin City culinary news. This is a well-presented and professional looking account, with posts featuring attractive photos of both venue interiors and dishes. Eater’s tweets also links to its blog, which features more information on eatery openings and hours. Restaurants featured range from fancy to casual, from spots around the Las Vegas Valley. Eater provides a great resource if you are looking to dine away from the sometimes-crowded eateries on the Strip.
Finally, as you might expect, Las Vegas operates many of the sort of municipal-type accounts expected of a major city, but its main promotional account should not be missed. Titled simply Vegas [@Vegas], “the official account of Las Vegas” reflects Sin City’s status as a major world travel mecca. It features trustworthy news you can use, and serves as a clearing-house for all major items related to tourism, including hotel properties, restaurants, gaming, sports, entertainment, and more. You might expect Vegas to be overly commercial in tone, but it’s not—probably because it does not need to be. After all, Vegas sells itself.
2021 will see Las Vegas roaring back. Go beyond the hashtag #LasVegas and check out these informative and entertaining Twitter accounts to keep abreast of events in what is bound to be a very big year for Sin City. And don’t forget our own account @sincityvip which includes the latest news of happenings on and around the Strip, as well as special travel packages that guarantee a never-to-be-forgotten visit. Remember our handle as well as our unique hashtag #dreamingofvegas