Keep or Relocate the Famous Vegas Bike Ride
The Famous Vegas Bike Ride (FVBR) at Harrah’s Carnaval Court has been called a Landmark. It has been referred to as an institution of Las Vegas. The FVBR brings joy to its customers and is a family oriented interactive experience allowing customers to bring a part of their Las Vegas vacation home. It is a lasting memory that is shared with friends and family.
Studio 39 Famous Rides owns and operates two attractions located on the Las Vegas Strip. Our main location is currently at Harrah’s Carnaval Court. Recently we blindsided that our lease was being terminated as of January 1st 2012 due to the construction of the new Linq project. Our lease was valid through 2013. We have not received a relocation offer from the property, or any other options whatsoever. We have been in business here in Las Vegas since 2004 and remain a 100% liquid company, even in this double dip recession. Customers love our attraction and what we do. I get phone calls almost every day from customers that have heard that we are not going to be at Harrah’s after the 1st of the year, and asking where we are relocating too. I know the public loves what we do and wants us to stay in business.
We were on CBS channel 8 News in September and again in December. We were on MTV’s Real World this past spring, and were featured on the Travel Channel for best things to do in Las Vegas. We even received the 2009 Las Vegas Best Award for Tourist Attraction. Our demographics are middle class America, of all ages. We serve tens of thousands of happy customers per year, and not only do they take home the best personalized souvenir in Las Vegas, they are taking home a memory of their trip in Vegas that will last them a lifetime.
The Famous Vegas Bike Ride (FVBR) at Harrah’s Carnaval Court has been called a Landmark. It has been referred to as an institution of Las Vegas. The FVBR brings joy to its customers and is a family oriented interactive experience allowing customers to bring a part of their Las Vegas vacation home. It is a lasting memory that is shared with friends and family. When word of Project Linq first began circulating, we immediately contact our leasing company as well as Harrah’s and Caesar’s Entertainment directly. We were repeatedly assured that we would NOT be affected by the construction. It was explained to us that Linq is not involved on the Harrah's property. It’s renovations will impact Imperial Palace, O’Sheas & the street by Margaritaville.
It wasn’t until October that we were given notice that we had to vacate and that New Years Eve would be our last day, regardless of the fact we had a lease through 2014. On December 9th, I was told in writing that Harrah's approved an extension for the kiosk's to remain open for 6-9 months. The only thing was we would need to relocate to the booth next to ours. I immediately began work on this. On December 27th, I was given a phone call and told that we would be permitted to begin construction on moving on January 15th. On December 30th I was given a phone call and told that Harrah's negotiations on the extension required that we be excluded from remaining. The only reason we were given was that the President of Harrah's, Rick Mazer doesn’t like us.
I think that FVBR should be given a fair shake. We are a 100% liquid company that in a double dip recession employees 24 people and give full benefits. We are an asset to the city of Las Vegas and should be allowed to operate. If there truely isn't a place for us at Carnaval Court, a comparable space should be provided for relocation.
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