Vegas Strip resort surprises 5,400 workers with $5,000 bonuses

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A cheery ruckus erupted during an employee appreciation and rewards buffet at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Wednesday when the resort’s general manager announced that the 5,400 people who work there will receive a bonus of $5,000.

“It’s incredible!” said Edgar Rives, a cook for nine years in the employee cafeteria, after a series of claps and hugs with dance colleagues at the Las Vegas Strip property’s Chelsea Theater. “It’s a big surprise.”

The 55-year-old Salvadoran immigrant and US citizen said he would leave it to his wife to decide how to spend the money.

Perhaps half the station’s workers attended the midweek noon event, where executives from Blackstone Real Estate Americas and the Cosmopolitan, including station president and CEO Bill McBeath , credited them with maintaining a “young and exuberant brand” while working on the coronavirus pandemic.

“You, every day, make the difference,” said Daniel Espino, Cosmopolitan’s human resources director. “Whether you’re cleaning the rooms, cooking the food, handing out cards, serving drinks, at reception.”

McBeath noted that the resort has donated more than $9 million to charities over the past seven years, and it has granted vacation trips to San Diego and Hawaii to two company employees: Staci Stafford, a housekeeper trainer, and Samira Harbali, a waitress at the resort. .

Company officials said the all-employee bonus announced Wednesday would cost the resort more than $27 million.

Blackstone, the New York-based private equity firm, owns the approximately 3,000-room, two-tower property. It plans in the coming weeks to close a $1.6 billion sale of real estate deals to casino giant MGM Resorts International.

The Cosmopolitan sits between two other MGM-owned properties on the Strip: Bellagio and the multi-resort City Center complex.

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