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Last Thursday, Stephen Paddock checked into a $500 suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Now, the Mandalay Bay hotel is irrevocably linked to the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, after Paddock opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 people at a music festival across the street from the 32nd-floor window of his hotel room.
He killed 58 people and wounded nearly 500, police say.
Often, sites of tragedies become an area of mourning and remembrance. However, the room where Paddock executed his killing spree is unlikely to become that.
“From my opinion, the room disappears,” Anthony Melchiorri, the host of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible,” told Business Insider.
Melchiorri said that if he were running the hotel, he would reach out to victims and their families to see how he could best help them.
Then the room in question – which has been identified as Room 135 on the 32nd floor – would most likely “disappear” and no longer be available for guests to book. Melchiorri said he would go so far as to have the doors sealed up, removing any trace of the suite’s existence.
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Deanna Ting, the hospitality editor at the travel-industry intelligence company Skift, agreed that the room would probably not be available to be booked – at least not for a very long time.
Beyond the room in question, both Ting and Melchiorri emphasized the importance of the Mandalay Bay reestablishing the hotel as a safe and secure space for guests.
Housekeeping staff members and other employees could be retrained on how to respond if they see something suspicious. Ting predicted that a visible security presence – such as metal detectors, X-ray machines, or armed guards – would flood Las Vegas hotels, at least in the short term.
Las Vegas hotels already have some of the best security in the country – Melchiorri said the city had “more security per square foot” than any other city in the US.
Debra DeShong, a representative for the Mandalay Bay’s parent company, MGM Resorts, told Business Insider in a statement that the company “works consistently with local and national law enforcement agencies to keep procedures at our resorts up to date” and was “always improving and evolving.”
However, for the Mandalay Bay and other hotels in Las Vegas to convince guests of their safety, drastic and visible changes are likely to be necessary.