It’s time to get schooled at the Eiffel Tower
By Kiko Miyasato
This is the man that you want to know in Las Vegas. But what exactly does Vearn Rogers, Eiffel Tower ambassador at Paris Las Vegas, do? Well, technically, he operates the elevator ride up to the top of the Eiffel Tower. But, that’s just technically. “There’s no one in town that can do what I can do—I’m not bragging, just saying the truth,” said the Compton, Calif., native.
Rogers, who served in the U.S. Air Force, can answer any and all questions his guests have about Las Vegas, and in particular, the Las Vegas Strip. Part of that knowledge comes from working in Las Vegas for more than 25 years. He’s been with Caesars Entertainment since the second day he moved here, working at properties including Imperial Palace, Rio, Bally’s and, for the past three years, Paris. At first he didn’t know he wanted to be an ambassador. “But I didn’t know I have this gift,” Rogers said. That “gift” is a photographic memory that allows him to remember every date, every number and the smallest details.
“I ask people to name any hotel on the Strip and I’ll give you the facts right off the fly. … It’s like I’m reading from a book.” And it’s true; during the interview this writer learned about a dozen facts about Las Vegas. Amazing! “My passion is knowing that when I talk to these people, I can see the ‘wow’ in their eyes. … Come to the Eiffel Tower, ask for Vearn, and I will give you a tour that you’ll never forget.”
To add to the romantic ambience surrounding the Eiffel Tower ride, visitors can now enjoy a glass of champagne while waiting to take the elevator up to the observation deck. You can even take and enjoy that glass up at the top, too. The champagne bar, located on the bridge, is available on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to midnight. Glasses are $9 and guests can keep the glasses as a souvenir.