Published on: September 13, 2022, 01:55 am.
Last update: September 13, 2022, 02:06.
The Bellagio in Las Vegas tops a new list of casino-related Instagram posts, surprising no one, anywhere. According to the website Bestcasinosites.net, the famous front fountains are the reason why almost 3 million Instagram users have tagged their photos with the hashtag “#Bellagio”. That’s a million more hashtags than the runner-up, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, received.
For anyone who has ever wondered why a casino would want to spend $300,000-$400,000 a month on a non-revenue-generating attraction like the Bellagio fountains, the answer is that do what, generate income.
Each of these posts is a free Instagram ad. In fact, they are better than ads because social media users scroll through ads to look for posts from their friends.
To compile his list, Bestcasinosites.net said he compiled a seed list of 43 of the world’s most iconic casinos from media article mentions Architectural Digest, Town and Country, Tours to Discover, New York Spaces, Space Coast Daily, Our Culture Magazine, Interesting Stuff, Online Finance and A 365 world. The site then searched Instagram to count the number of relevant hashtags received for each casino.
MGM Grand Vegas ranked third on the list with 1,537,806 posts. In fact, six of the top 10 Instagrammed casinos were located in Las Vegas. (Mandalay Bay ranked fourth, Wynn Las Vegas fifth, The Venetian seventh, and the Cosmopolitan ninth.)
“Casinos are not just a place for gambling, they can also be scenic places to stay,” said a statement from Bestcasinosites.net. “From the Bellagio fountains to the Luxor’s Egyptian-inspired pyramid, casinos make iconic Instagram photos with their decadent architecture and interior design.”
15 fun facts about the fountain
- The Fountains of Bellagio was ranked the #1 tourist attraction in the US by TripAdvisor in 2013.
- The fountain show is computer controlled, but turned on by a button pressed by an engineer sitting in a control room overlooking the lake.
- The water in the Bellagio fountains can rise up to 460 feet, up from 240 feet when the show debuted. The heights of the fountains are adjusted to comply with wind conditions, to keep the show in sync and to avoid soaking spectators on the Strip.
- The fountain show requires 1,214 water jets and 4,792 lights.
- The fountains cost $40 million to build.
- Bellagio’s was the world’s largest fountain show from the opening of the casino in 1998 until the opening of the Dubai Fountain in 2009.
- Both the Bellagio fountains and the Dubai Fountain were built by LA-based water feature design firm WET.
- The 8.5-acre lake that houses the fountains is referred to as either Lake Bellagio or Lake Como. It is apparently based on Lake Como in northern Italy, located near the village of Bellagio, Lombardy.
- The lake uses 500 pounds of chlorine per day.
- At the end of the 2001 film ocean’s eleven, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon marvel at the Bellagio fountains before disappearing into the night.
- Fifteen years later, the fountains provided the backdrop for a car chase in the Matt Damon film Jason Bourne.
- On weekdays, fountain shows start every 30 minutes from 15:00 to 19:00, then every 15 minutes from 19:00 to midnight. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, they start every 30 minutes from noon to 7 p.m., and then every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight.
- Britney Spears performs “I’m a Slave 4 U” from Lake Bellagio during the 2001 Billboard Music Awards.
- Drake performed “Gyalchester” in front of the fountains during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
- Bruno Mars jet skied around the fountains in 2016 for his “24K Magic” music video.