Doing a blog is awesome, but it’s just a sliver of the Las Vegas conversation.
Much of the buzz about Las Vegas unfolds on Twitter, and we thought it would be fun to take a look back at our most popular Tweets of 2018.
Partly because they tell a story, partly because everyone else is doing 2018 round-ups and partly because it gives us an excuse to humblebrag by saying we got just shy of 60 million (59.3 million to be precise) Tweet impressions in 2018.
Or maybe that’s bragging, not humblebragging. We can never keep those two straight.
Here we go!
216,000 Tweet Impressions
Our most-shared Tweet of 2018 happened right off the bat, and we’re not even sure why it was so popular. The Tweet made mention of the doomed Lucky Dragon, an Asian-themed casino that never saw dime in profit during its two years of operation. Its casino and restaurants closed in January, and the whole resort shuttered on Oct. 2, 2018. Lucky Dragon got zero bids at a foreclosure auction and its future is unknown.
25,000 Tweet Impressions
A hot topic this year has been changes in the perception of Las Vegas as a value destination. Our most popular Tweet of February questioned whether a “tipping point” has been reached, and we’ve been asking that question ever since. Here’s the op-ed piece by our kindred spirit Ted Newkirk that sparked the Tweet.
37,000 Tweet Impressions
March’s Tweet also spoke to the evolution of Las Vegas. Our friend Las Vegas Locally shared the amusing, “We’re going to build a Vegas hotel with free rooms and $279 resort fees.” We added the observation that’s sort of always been the business model of Las Vegas hotels, but it was casinos that subsidized the free or cheap rooms. Resort fees continue to be a source of ongoing frustration for Las Vegas visitors, despite the fact Vegas still offers some of the best room values anywhere, even if you include irksome fees.
160,000 Tweet Impressions
Finally, some breaking news. In April, we shared exclusively that a Chick-fil-A would be coming to the Las Vegas Strip. Our scoop was finally confirmed five months later, in Sep. 2018. The news was even juicier because we heard this location would be open on Sundays, which Chick-fil-A later denied. What hasn’t been clarified is what time they’ll close Saturday nights. If they’re open past midnight, they’re “open on Sunday” and we still get to say “boom.”
34,000 Tweet Impressions
While we aren’t a sports person, there’s no denying the Vegas Golden Knights were one of the hottest topics in 2018. We got into the spirit of the team’s impressive first season with some trash talking. When asked, “Do you know where out-of-town hockey teams stay when playing in Las Vegas?,” we replied, “In the loss column.” Shade, consider yourself thrown.
37,000 Tweet Impressions
Our most-shared Tweet in June was a straight-up listicle of 10 must-see shows in Las Vegas. Catch any of these shows and you won’t be disappointed, unless you sleep with us afterward.
70,000 Tweet Impressions
Hell, yes, we get sassy on Twitter. July’s most popular Tweet included our sweet, over-saturated photo of Exacalibur and a one-liner about threesomes. We expect to hear from Disneyland’s lawyers any minute now.
54,000 Tweet Impressions
Once again, our top Tweet in August tapped into growing sentiment Las Vegas casinos are nickel-and-diming customers to the point of changing travel habits. We’ll be watching in 2019 to see if the concerns are reflected in room occupancy and gambling revenue. The ready availability of legal gambling in so many other places means Vegas has lost its virtual monopoly, and with a potential recession looming, there are a lot of unknowns heading into the New Year.
93,000 Tweet Impressions
In our top September Tweet, marking the anniversary of our move to Sin City, we waxed poetic about why we love this town so much. It struck a chord, probably because it’s hard to deny when you’re in Las Vegas—temporarily or permanently—you know you’re living an extraordinary life.
53,000 Tweet Impressions
Our Twitter account is known not only for snark, but for an epic ass-ton of rumors and speculation as well. October’s most-seen Tweet included not only a rumor about the sale of Rio, but also chatter we’ve heard about the resort being demolished to make room for a Major League Baseball stadium. Rumors aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we love the ensuing conversation and they turn out to be right more often than you’d think. Read more of our favorite Las Vegas rumors.
114,000 Tweet Impressions
November’s most memorable Tweet was a retweet of a goodie from Caesars Palace. Gordon Ramsay’s new Hell’s Kitchen restaurant serves a cocktail with quotes from the supremely quotable chef. Best. Garnish. Ever.
131,000 Tweet Impressions
Wrapping up our 2018 round-up is the sequential royal heard round the world. A player at Red Rock Resort won $217,592 at video poker on a $5 bet. See the details. We’ve never gotten a royal flush at video poker, in any order, so this win was a reminder to foolishly persevere until we get one.
Thanks for skimming the year in Las Vegas Tweets. You know how you are.
We’re thankful for our passionate Twitter followers, many of whom like and share
our Tweets. Sometimes they’re even sober when they do so. Nobody’s perfect.
Here’s to a 2019 full of breaking news, Retweets and stirring the pot.
If you’d like to join the fun, follow us on Twitter. When news breaks, it tends
to break there first, and you wouldn’t want to miss a minute of the Las Vegas