(2) And it isn't Las Vegas.
(3) Most importantly, the demographics just aren't here.
In the last regard, pay attention, and heed the lesson being provided by your typical Southwest Virginia "tourist":
Appalachian Trail trekker found his meals on the move
By Khristopher Brooks, Bristol Herald Courier
Abingdon – If you could choose who to be lost or stranded with in the woods, Ben Casteel would be a good choice.
The 21-year-old horticulture student at Virginia Highlands Community College walked the Appalachian National Scenic Trail last spring. He survived the five-month trek by eating wild plants he found along the way.
Casteel said he ate wild trilliums, wild greens and ramps during his walk. Paying attention in horticulture and botany class, Casteel said, taught him which plants were edible.
Casteel taught himself to play the mandolin three years ago. He took the instrument on the trail and often played in exchange for food.
"One time we opened up the guitar case and got $3 in change," ... (link)
He eats weeds and twigs. So restaurants gain nothing.
He walks a trail. No car rentals.
He sleeps under the stars. No motels.
He provides his own form of amusement. No music or entertainment venues.
He gets excited when he earns $3.00. No disposable income.
And we are investing millions in a program intended to lure his kind to Southwest Virginia.
Somebody kill me.