WOULD TOURISTS TOLERATE INVASIVE MEASURES TO PROTECT THEM?
Vegas security experts ponder
whether attack was preventable
By Sarah Feldberg
Even before Oct. 1, when a gunman
in a hotel room on the 32nd floor
of the Mandalay Bay sent a hail of
bullets down on the Route 91 Harvest Festival, killing 58 and wounding 489, Las Vegas had lived with
the uneasy knowledge that something like this could happen.
“Las Vegas is a target city,” Wynn Resorts
CEO Steve Wynn told reporter Jon Ralston
in a September 2016 interview with KTNV.
Not only is the city’s perceived amorality
offensive to some, he said, but “we have all
these arenas and showrooms, these massive
amounts of people on the Strip.”
To care for and protect the roughly 43 mil-
lion people who visit Las Vegas annually, as
well as the cash in the casinos, Vegas resorts
have famously robust security — large teams
of private staff, surveillance cameras that
monitor virtually every inch of public space
and strong relationships with law enforce-
ment agencies that often have officers on site,
working nightclubs or special events.
Tour operators: Cuba travel warning
driven by Trump’s political posturing
By Michelle Baran
Tour operators last week decried the U.S.
State Department’s latest Cuba travel warning as baseless and yet another example of
the kind of blatant political posturing by the
Trump administration that is starting to take
a toll on Cuba bookings.
The State Department warning followed
reports of mysterious health attacks on U.S.
diplomats, which led to a reduction in U.S.
embassy staff in Havana and the expulsion
last week of 15 staff at Cuba’s recently reopened embassy in Washington.
Still, few expected the travel warning, because no one had cited evidence of attacks
“It was completely unfounded,” com-
plained InsightCuba president Tom Popper,
who was in Havana when the State Depart-
ment issued the warning. “We knew some-
thing was coming once the story broke about
the symptoms that the embassy officials were
Popper was in Cuba at the time to attend
a meeting organized by Responsible Ethical
Cuba Travel, or Respect, a relatively new co-
alition of 150 travel companies and organi-
zations created in December. The group was
holding its first get-together in Cuba when
the news broke.
“In following the story — and being
in close communication with the Cuban
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