INDEPENDENT VIP HOSTS AND PROMOTERS
If you're reading this guide, chances are, you're planning your trip to Las Vegas and trying to get the lay of the land. You've gathered your Vegas group, booked your flight and hotel, and circled the clubs and events that you want to attend.
The question is: who should you be contacting to make all your party plans? You've done a quick Google search, seen all the posts from people claiming they're hosts or promoters or whatever else in Vegas – there's too many options!
In the guide below, we will be touching on all you need to know about VIP hosts and Promoters in Las Vegas!
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HOSTS VS. PROMOTERS
In most other clubs in other cities, there is little distinction between the two, but Vegas classifies its staff a little differently. Due to the large amount of business needed to support its venues, clubs in Las Vegas have created a separation of power between the two job titles.
As noted above, each nightlife position has a specific role in the grand scheme of things, and while each club has its own variations of their role designations, this is basically what you can expect from the different job titles.
- Promoters – ever walk down Las Vegas Boulevard and get invited by someone handing out flyers in a club-branded polo shirt? That is your standard promoter, and their main job is to get people on the guest list and focus on driving large quantities of people to the venue. These promoters are usually employed directly by the clubs, work full-time, and usually aren't at the venues at night; their jobs are mainly to work during the day to drive traffic to the club that evening.
- VIP Hosts – these are the guys (and ladies) you see in suits at the club at night, waiting for their bottle service guests to start showing up. Their primary job is to sell tables, build relationships with customers that come to their venue, and sell more tables.
VENUE HOSTS VS. INDEPENDENT VIP HOSTS
As stated above, VIP hosts (in general) are there to build relationships with clients, and ultimately, sell tables for the venues they are contracted for, but what's the difference between someone who says he is a host at Marquee and someone claiming to be an Independent VIP Host?
Hosts employed by the venue are the people you see in suits (or uniform polos for dayclub events) at the front of each club. They are paid directly by that club and the company that runs it, and as such, will try and get their customers solely to their venues. Even though they are pretty much tied to the clubs that they work for, their biggest advantage is that they are always at their venues, which is especially handy for customers who walk right up to the club to make reservations instead of making one ahead of time.
Independent hosts are not tied to any one venue; instead, we use our relationships and connections with all the different venues and broker your deals for you as opposed to trying to funnel our customers to the same 2-3 venues; our aim is to offer an unlimited range of selections for our guests at any venue.
Think of it like shopping at a department store: each department has several associates that are available to help you and have a high knowledge of their own inventory but are unable to cross departments due to their obligations of staying in their own area – those are like your venue hosts.
And then you have personal shoppers who can assist in every department and can tailor selections to fit your needs – that is kind of what indies (the industry term for Independent Hosts) are like.
WHAT'S THE ADVANTAGES TO BOOKING WITH AN INDIE?
As mentioned above, we are not tied to any specific venues, and therefore can offer more optionality both with events and pricing. A table at XS with Drake performing a little out of your price range? No problem, we can get you set up elsewhere that gets you more bang for your buck. Looking to go all-out with Steve Aoki at Hakkasan? We can book your dance floor table there, too.
Our goal is not to try and shoehorn you into making a reservation at one specific venue but to put you into the best situation that fits your needs and wants; we work for you, the customer, not the club's mandate to hit a sales goal.
While some clubs advertise their retail prices for their tables on their websites, there is usually alternative pricing reserved for guests who go through a host, whether it's bottle deals or even lower minimums for specific table locations. Because we send business to every venue, we have a finger on the pulse of every venue's pricing and can give our customers more recommendations according to their needs.
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CAN I BOOK MORE THAN CLUB TABLES WITH YOU?
Absolutely; we offer deals for transportation to bachelor and bachelorette packages, and deals on tours and alternative activities. We are confident that we have something for everyone visiting Las Vegas.
DO I HAVE TO PAY ANY UPFRONT FEES?
We require a small deposit for all our bottle service reservations to avoid cancellations from our guests, but otherwise, everything is paid for on arrival or prior to the event.
HOW DO I KNOW IT'S LEGIT?
There are many different small nightlife entities that reside in the Vegas market, so it's best to try and vet the person you're working with as much as you can. If possible, work with a licensed company like ours that can back up our claims publicly. Most reputable companies will at least have a working website where you can make inquiries and reservations.
WHAT'S THE VERDICT?
There are advantages and disadvantages to booking with any certain individual, but the biggest thing to keep in mind is to trust your own instincts. Go with whoever you feel most comfortable to make sure your weekend plans are set and ready to go – at the end of the day, it is your choice on whom you book with!
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Hopefully, this guide has been helpful in giving you a little bit of an insight into the world of Vegas nightlife! Ready to get your weekend started?