No attack fallout reported on Strip - Tuesday 12th of July 2005

Some Strip casinos say they havent witnessed any evidence that the terrorist attacks in London Thursday morning have dampened travel to Las Vegas.

A spokesman for MGM Mirage, the largest Strip operator with 11 major resorts, was reluctant to disclose specific security measures the company was taking, citing safety concerns.

Spokesman Gordon Absher said the company hasnt yet compiled phone reports to determine whether any customers have called with concerns or cancelled reservations because of the attacks.

"Each resort has a professional security force thats in constant communication with Homeland Security and local law enforcement agencies," Absher said. "The safety of our guests and employees is a top concern of our corporation and we take that very seriously."

Harrahs Entertainment Inc., Las Vegas No. 2 operator with six resorts and host of the nine-day World Series of Poker tournament at the Rio, hasnt seen a decline in business.

Nearly 6,000 people -- more than double the number of players last year -- registered to play in the final game of no limit hold em, which kicked off Thursday and runs through July 15.

"To be perfectly honest Id be surprised to see any kind of downturn," Harrahs Entertainment Inc. spokesman David Strow said. "Obviously this is a tragic event but given the events the last several years, people have grown accustomed to the uncertain nature of the world ... they realize you cannot put your life on hold.

"Like everyone else in the industry, we remain very vigilant when it comes to the issue of security and we want our guests to know we are doing everything we can to make sure they are safe when they visit us."

"Theres no anecdotal evidence that theres been any effect in terms of a downturn," Aladdin spokeswoman Amy Sadowsky said.

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