MGM Resorts' 'Work from Las Vegas' travel package comes with a perk

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MGM Resorts' 'Work from Las Vegas' travel package comes with an executive assistant

LAS VEGAS – MGM Resorts is now luring business professionals to resorts with 'Work from Vegas' travel packages that include discounted jet service, rooms as cheap as $100-per-night and a living, breathing executive assistant.

The new program is called Viva Las Office, and it's the latest example of a Las Vegas company pumping up perks to boost bookings in the wake of coronavirus travel fallout.

"Can we make it work? Are we filling a need that's really big out there?" said Atif Rafiq, president of commercial and growth at MGM Resorts, in an interview with the USA TODAY Network. "We think so, but we need to try and learn."

Rooms as cheap at $100 per night

The largest hotel-casino company on the Las Vegas Strip, MGM Resorts operates properties like New York-New York, Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand. But this new travel package – billed as "the ultimate home-away-from-the-home office experience" – is limited to Bellagio and ARIA.

Viva Las Office offers three options for the working traveler looking to get away for a three- to five-night stay while maximizing workdays – each with hotel stays costing between $100 and $350 per night with resort fees.

In August 2019, the base weekday rate at the Bellagio was about $169 a night, while the weekend base rate was $229, according to Las Vegas Advisor.

Upon arrival, visitors will be connected with a dedicated concierge – cheekily called an "executive assistant" – who is available to handle reservations and scheduling throughout the trip.

"This is a real person,"…
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