It’s the worst nightmare of contingency planners at resort casinos – one of the busiest weekends of the year and the power goes out; and more than 1,000 room guests have to be relocated to another property.
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While some people celebrate a birthday month, Las Vegas casinos have celebrated a birthday year, and it’s not done.
“Mr. Bill Boyd, our executive chairman, will be at both properties on Dec. 20,” said Tony Taeubel, vice president and general manager of Gold Coast and The Orleans. “We will have a line dance at the Gold Coast. At The Orleans we will have a Mardi Gras parade and photo opportunity with the Madri Gras girls that afternoon.”
Stepping off the Fremont East sidewalk into the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas does not provide an illusion of time regression — but rather a crossroads of different eras. A sleek 1941 Cadillac Fleetwood shares space near the reception desk with a The Walking Dead–themed slot machine. A large flat-screen television mounted above the bar offers coverage of a Premiere League soccer match from Birmingham, England.
The recently opened Lucky Dragon isn’t the first Las Vegas property to cater to Asian-Americans. Palace Station and the Gold Coast have been marketing to the Las Vegas Asian-American community for more than a decade.
The Lucky Dragon, the first casino built from the ground up since the Cosmopolitan in 2010, celebrates its grand opening Dec. 3 with fireworks and dragon and lion dances in celebration of Chinese culture.
The gaming industry is excited about a Trump presidency and what it could mean for economic growth and fewer regulations, but no one is expecting Congress to move along any legislation quickly that would have a direct impact, such as legalized sports betting.
A restaurant named after a Rolling Stones song, Ruby Tuesday, has grown into a part of Americana during its 44 year-history. Today, Ruby Tuesday is revitalizing its image, with plans to expand its Las Vegas presence.
It’s party time. End-of-the-year holiday celebrations are a traditional part of the workplace calendar, and Las Vegas offers a range of options from economical to extravagant and even outright thrilling for managers and executives to consider when deciding on company party arrangements. Many companies had been putting the party on hold since the 2008 recession, but businesses who host corporate events say that is quickly changing.
A growing convention business and the opening of T-Mobile Arena have been a boon to MGM Resorts International; and the opening of Park Theater in December will be a further boost.
The debate is over. The votes are done, and Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed legislation that finances an expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the building of a domed stadium.
During a breakfast presentation to the Las Vegas chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Chris Meyer, vice president of global business sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, had some encouraging words about the Las Vegas market.
About 80 marketing executives, many from the major Las Vegas casinos, met Sept. 29 to consider potential growth and obstacles in the city’s ability to draw international tourism.
When the “Life Is Beautiful” festival opened its gates at 2 p.m. on Sept. 23 for its fourth annual three-day event, it was anticipated that nearly a year of planning would result in a huge economic boost to some of the downtown businesses.
Ainsworth Gaming Technology, the fifth largest gaming manufacturer in the United States, is expanding its Las Vegas headquarters as part of its commitment to Southern Nevada and growing its share of the marketplace.
The iconic Palace Station is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a major face-lift.
Anyone who has lived in Las Vegas more than 30 years has seen a lot of changes, not only along the tourist corridors of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown’s Glitter Gulch, but the neighborhoods and side streets as well. Spring Mountain Road, which starts at Las Vegas Boulevard and heads west to Hualapai Way, is one of those major streets that have seen dramatic change both visually and culturally.
Accessing your money while playing table games or slot machines at casinos in Nevada might soon be as easy as 1-2-3-4 – or whatever your ATM pin number might be.
The food truck business has taken off full throttle in the past five years in Las Vegas. Whether as a second income source or a way for experienced chefs to exercise creative options without a hefty investment, mobile culinary entrepreneurs are gaining traction.
Roger Gros is the president of Casino Connection International and publisher of its monthly Global Gaming Business magazine, the leading trade publication for the gaming industry. CCI also publishes a magazine previewing G2E, the annual global gaming expo, which Gros has served as a consultant since he helped organize it in the fall of 2001 in Las Vegas.
Known as G2E, the annual trade show of the American Gaming Association will be held Sept. 26-29 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. More than 25,000 people are expected.
SALES OF SIGNIFICANCE
As Las Vegas continues to expand its restaurant brands, from local establishments to national chains, the Lazy Dog Restaurant brand finds itself in the middle of a trend. The company will open its second Las Vegas location at Town Square in October. The 8,397-square-foot location will add to its current presence in Summerlin.
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