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Fancy taking in Conor McGregor v dos Anjos? Here are the best package deals for UFC 196

The McGregor Effect

Published 30/01/2016 | 02:30

Conor McGregor in Las Vegas (composite image).
Conor McGregor in Las Vegas (composite image).
The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. With over 5,000 rooms, it is the largest hotel in the US. Photo: Deposit Photos

A slowdown in bookings for Conor McGregor's latest fight means fans can get to Vegas from as little as €555pp.

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An estimated 6-7,000 fans travelled to see McGregor beat Jose Aldos at UFC 194, but the demand is significantly lower for the Lightweight title bout.

McGregor was a big driver of US travel last year, with one tour operator, ClickandGo.com, reporting a 200pc increase in Vegas bookings.

The March 5 fight has not sparked the same interest, however.

"That's probably due to its proximity to Christmas and the last event in December, to fans holding out for UFC 200 in July 9, and to people thinking in terms of Vegas Vs. Euro 2016 in France," said Liam Murphy of ClicklandGo.com.

"McGregor has a very large and loyal following, but I think this fight is too soon after December for the same level of supporters to travel," added Veronica Aherne, Marketing Manager of Tour America.

Tour America's Vegas holidays were up 35pc last year, Aherne said, with UFC fans a major boost to Sin City breaks throughout the year.

Whether it's due to McGregor fatigue, or fans planning on late bookings, the net result is some very competitive prices. Here are some of the best.

3-star deals

€555pp: GoHop.ie has flights plus four nights at the 3-star Mardi Gras Hotel & Casino from €555pp, departing March 3. 01 241-2389; gohop.ie.

€589pp: American Sky has flights plus three nights at the 3-star Excalibur Hotel & Casino from €589pp. Five nights cost €659pp. 01 664-9900; americansky.ie.

€619pp: JustSplit.com has flights plus three nights at the 3-star Stratosphere Hotel & Casino from €619pp, departing March 4. 01 493-9444; justsplit.com.

€629pp: Tour America has flights plus five nights at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas from €629pp, departing March 7 (Ref: 506582), based on four sharing. The cost for two sharing is €699pp. 01 817-3535; touramerica.ie.

MGM Grand deals

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The MGM Grand is the biggest hotel the US with over 5,000 rooms. It is the venue for UFC196, and the Lightweight title bout, on March 5.

€819pp: Sunway has flights plus three nights at the MGM Grand from €819pp, based on a March 4 departure and two sharing. A Las Vegas Strip helicopter flight can be added from €90pp. 01 231-1800; sunway.ie.

€921pp: ClickandGo.com has flights plus four nights at the MGM Grand from €921pp, departing March 3. 01 539-7777; clickandgo.com.

4 & 5-star deals

€598pp: Gohop.ie has 4-star packages from €598pp, and 5-star pacakges at the Bellagio from €784pp, including taxes and charges 01 241-2389; gohop.ie.

€669pp: Clickandgo.com has flights plus four nights at the 4-star LVH / Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Hotel from €669pp departing March 2. 01 539-7777; clickandgo.com.

For the best hotel deals in Las Vegas see Independent Hotels.

NB: Prices subject to availability. Fight tickets not included. Las Vegas hotels levy resort fees of c. US$30 per day, including tax.

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