The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate co-owner Derek Stevens is announcing his casino resorts’ June 4 reopening by throwing away 1,000 one-way direct flights to Las Vegas from 24 cities in the United States.
Stevens’ flight promotion is labelled as “Keep America Flying.” This is simply a plan to boost domestic tourism across the country, a one free trip at a time.
In phone interview, Steven said that it is “a way for Las Vegas to be respectful of the fly-in market.”
“The drive-in market is very important, but with what’s happened to the airlines, that industry has really been decimated. We wanted to come up with something that helps the U.S. airline industry, and helps support Las Vegas.”
The “Keep America Flying” campaign has officially kicked off on Wednesday morning on the D Las Vegas website. Flights are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Customers who click to the D Las Vegas website will then be connected with a D Las Vegas concierge who will complete the flight booking. Obviously, Stevens prefers local tourists who join the campaign to book at the D or Golden Gate. But turists can also book the flight and stay at another hotel in Las Vegas.
“I’m happy if people want to stay with us, obviously,” Stevens said. “But at the same time, if they say, ‘I just want the flight. I’m staying at Wynn, or Caesars or Bellagio. That’s great, too. We’ve just got to get people out to Las Vegas.”