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  • Reasons for a Las Vegas anti-competition municipal code

    While searching for laws of procedures hotels must follow when pests (like roaches, bed bugs, etc) are reported, I found some amusing municipal codes:

    Prohibited Signage outside hotels:
    They can't advertise prices, or numbers of rooms, or claim lowest prices for rooms. They can't comment on incentives, promotions, compensation, or room items like TV or telephone.

    Any ideas why? Consumers generally benefit when they can compare products and services. Why deny this in the case of Las Vegas hotels? (I've tried several google searches, but there are too many collisions in the keywrod namespace.)

    Oh yeah. Since the above seems broken for consumers, here is something related:
    http://www.thisisbroken.com/

    What have you found that seems broken?

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    I actually saw something about this on TV.. I'll see what I can find..

    After some searching, I found an article with a little explaination.

    I knew they couldnt claim "lowest, or loosest" but as to what you said, not being able to advertise number of rooms? or promotions, I've never heard that. Theres signs all over, with prices and promotions.

    Nevada casinos can advertise their machines' rates, if they can prove it, but they can't say things like they have the "loosest slots in town."

    "To say that, they would be required to prove it," said Joanie Jacka, spokeswoman for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, "and since they can't without knowing what everyone else is offering, they would be required to change their advertising."
    Last edited by [Syntax]; June 10, 2006, 07:30.

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      Originally posted by [Syntax]
      I actually saw something about this on TV.. I'll see what I can find..

      After some searching, I found an article with a little explaination.

      I knew they couldnt claim "lowest, or loosest" but as to what you said, not being able to advertise number of rooms? or promotions, I've never heard that. Theres signs all over, with prices and promotions.

      Nevada casinos can advertise their machines' rates, if they can prove it, but they can't say things like they have the "loosest slots in town."

      "To say that, they would be required to prove it," said Joanie Jacka, spokeswoman for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, "and since they can't without knowing what everyone else is offering, they would be required to change their advertising."
      The municipal code quoted in the post applies to hotel rates, room rates, and incentives advertised in signs outside the hotel.

      Originally posted by top url
      6.46.110 Outdoor sign--Prohibited statements.
      It is unlawful for the operator of any establishment referred to in Section 6.46.020 to display or cause to be displayed on any outdoor sign or outside sign any advertising which includes any of the following material:
      (A) Any room rates charged for accommodations in such establishments;
      (B) Any reference to “lowest rates,” “family low rates,” “special rates,” “seasonal rates,” “summer rates,” “winter rates,” “weekly rates,” “low rates,” or any other phraseology referring to any special rates, charges, prices or give-away gimmicks, merchandise, or special services, such as free meals, free television, free show reservations, free drinks, or similar free service, in connection with the rental of accommodations in such establishments;
      (C) The number of apartments, rooms or units in such establishment; provided, however, that any such establishment may advertise “singles,” “doubles,” or “family units;”
      (D) The word “dollar” or the symbol thereof, or any of the numerals from one to nine, or zero, or words indicating the same, irrespective of whether such numeral or numerals are a part of the name of an association of which such owner or operator is or may claim to be a member; provided, however, that it shall not be unlawful to advertise by means of an outside sign, or outdoor sign, membership in a recognized national association, the name of which includes a numeral or numerals.
      (Ord. 2245 § 2 (part), 1981: prior code § 5-25-3)
      For slots, I can understand the Gaming Comission might need to be involved, but for hotel rooms? That just seems useless. Is this an attempt to make Las Vegas not look, "cheap"? Usually laws like these municipal codes have some motivation. Could it be profit? Is there something else?

      I don't see anything wrong with hotels advertising their room rates-- it would be good for consumers to drive around and shop for the best prices, or room amenities. (It's not like advertising Cable TV, Phone Service, or room rates are vulgar, lewd, or pornographic.) Why would advertisements of "nudie bars" be legal, but room rates, illegal?

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