Last Thursday, Stephen Paddock checked into a $US500 suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
He killed 58 people and wounded nearly 500, police say.
Often, sites of tragedies become an area of mourning and remembrance. However, the room on the 32nd floor where Paddock executed his killing spree is unlikely to become so.
“From my opinion, the room disappears,” Anthony Melchiorri, host of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible,” told Business Insider.
Melchiorri said if he were running the hotel, he would reach out to victims and their families to see how he could best help them.
Then, the room in question — which has been identified as room 135 on the 32nd floor — would likely “disappear” and no longer be available for guests to book. Melchiorri said he would go so far as to have the doors sealed up, removing any trace of the suite’s existence.
Deanna Ting, hospitality editor at travel industry intelligence company Skift, agreed that the room would probably not be available to be booked — at least for a very long time.
Beyond the room in question, both Ting and Melchiorri emphasised the importance of Mandalay Bay reestablishing the hotel as a safe and secure space for guests.
Housekeeping and other members of staff will be retrained to say something if they see something suspicious. Ting predicts that a very visible security presence — such as metal detectors, X-ray machines, and armed guards — will likely flood Vegas hotels, at least in the short term.
Las Vegas hotels already have some of the best security in the country, with Melchiorri saying it has “more security per square foot” than any other city in the US.
Debra DeShong, a spokesperson for Mandalay Bay’s parent company, MGM Resorts, told Business Insider in a statement that the company “works consistently with local and national law enforcement agencies to keep procedures at our resorts up to date, and are always improving and evolving.”
However, for Mandalay Bay and other hotels in Las Vegas to convince guests of their safety, drastic and visible changes will be necessary.
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