Las Vegas news in May 2010
Legendary Tropicana Las Vegas Embarks on a New Transformation
Tropicana Las Vegas has begun a $165 million Phase I transformation was completed in April 2011. The property will feature a redesigned façade, all new rooms and suites, all new amenities, restaurants, bars, entertainment and nightlife options reminiscent of South Beach with an island vibe. The four-acre pool area will become a tropical beach resort and the casino will add a new poker room and race and sports book. No corner of the property will remain untouched. The conference center transformation is already complete with more than 100,000 square feet of versatile meeting space to accommodate up to 3,000 people.
Cirque du Soleil to Develop Michael Jackson Shows
The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil have joined forces to create touring and permanent shows based on the music and songs of Michael Jackson. Special lifestyle projects, including a Las Vegas nightclub, will also be developed. An arena-touring show is expected to debut in late fall 2011. The Las Vegas permanent show, in partnership with MGM MIRAGE, is expected to open in late 2012. The show’s location and theatrical venue will be announced at a later date. For more information, please contact Jim Bates, Sitrick and Company (Estate of Michael Jackson) at 310-788-2850 or Tim Choy, Davidson & Choy Publicity (Cirque du Soleil) at 323-954-7510 ext 13.
Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall and Bar-B-Que Opens at Treasure Island
Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall and Bar-B-Que, once a favorite destination at the New Frontier, has re-opened inside Treasure Island. The 10,000-square-foot venue seats 125 people and features convenient access from both the casino floor and from the Strip near Sirens’ Cove. Gilley’s offers live music, a dance floor, a mechanical bull and a full-service show kitchen open for lunch and dinner.
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to Debut Crown Theater and Crown Nightclub
Industry veteran Darin Feinstein, of Hollywood’s world-famous Viper Room, brings Crown Theater and Crown Nightclub to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino this summer in the former 3121 space. The venue’s 900-capacity unique, in-the-round design will feature performances by some of the biggest, as well as upcoming, names in music as part of Crown Theater’s offerings. As the night progresses, so does the venue, becoming Crown Nightclub, a nightlife spot away from The Strip providing a mix of themed nights with a variety of music.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Morgans Hotel Group Open SKYBAR
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Morgans Hotel Group have opened SKYBAR. As part of the $750 million property expansion, SKYBAR is perched above the HRH Beach Club, offering guests a sundeck with acrylic-edge pool during the day and a sophisticated lounge by night. SKYBAR features a bar, custom daybeds, cabanas, special menus and signature cocktails.
Caesars Palace Introduces Octavius Pool Villas
Caesars Palace Las Vegas has unveiled its new Octavius Villas. Located in the recently constructed Octavius Tower, the three villas average 8,800 square feet, each one with a thematic design scheme from France, Greece and Spain, and named for a Roman emperor who resided in the region. The villas overlook the Garden of the Gods, the resort’s newly-expanded pool complex that made its debut in March 2010. Each villa includes a private elevator; hand-painted wall murals and ceiling designs; a billiard room; a plush home entertainment theatre; whirlpool bathtubs, a spacious private terrace, with spa tub, and fire pit. Villa guests may also enjoy the luxury of private butler and concierge services.
Rock & Rita’s ’Great American Party’ Coming to Circus Circus
The "Great American Party" will arrive at Circus Circus with the June opening of Rock & Rita’s, a new bar, restaurant and entertainment hot spot. Flair bartending, live music and festive signature dishes will be the focus at this 14,000 sq. ft rock-inspired venue. At Rock & Rita’s, flair bartending will take center stage as drinks and bottles are flipped, juggled, spun, balanced and poured by some of the best professionals in the business. Rock & Rita’s, which features American classics and party foods, will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining.
The Siegel Group Opens New Boutique Chic Retreat, Rumor, in June 2010
The Siegel Group, whose boutique hotel properties include The Artisan, Gold Spike Hotel & Casino, Oasis at Gold Spike and The Resort on Mount Charleston, will open a new hotel this summer called Rumor. Formerly the St. Tropez, the new Rumor Hotel on Paradise and Harmon, features 150 suites, many with patios or private balconies, an ultra lounge, spacious courtyard and pool.
MOzen Bistro at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas Introduces Sunday Sake Brunch
MOzen Bistro at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas introduces Sake Sundays, a new way to brunch in Las Vegas. Every Sunday, guests can dine on international cuisine while enjoying free-flowing sake cocktails, Champagne or mimosas. The brunch includes buffet-style appetizers and desserts, a la carte-style main dishes and hand-passed appetizers.
Sahara Hotel & Casino Introduces Latin Vida Nights
Sahara Hotel & Casino transforms its Casbar Lounge into a Salsa club every Sunday night throughout the summer. Featuring live performances by professional Salsa dancers, Casbar offers a great venue to dance and watch quality entertainment, all without a cover charge.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Presents "Figuratively Speaking"
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) has announced the opening of "Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form" May 1. Organized in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), "Figuratively Speaking" presents figurative works by such artists as Pierre-August Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Joseph Cornell, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Judith Shea, Bill Viola, Yoshitomo Nara, Vanessa Beecroft and many others. This engaging survey will feature more than 30 paintings, photographs and sculpture. The exhibit will be on view through January 9, 2011.
Master Magician Lance Burton to End Historic Run at Monte Carlo
Master Magician Lance Burton will end his historic run at Monte Carlo September 4, 2010. The final performance follows 14 years of captivating audiences at the resort’s Lance Burton Theatre. Burton has been with Monte Carlo since its opening day on June 21, 1996. Known for his astounding illusions and mesmerizing sleight-of-hand, Burton will continue to delight audiences at Monte Carlo through Labor Day Weekend, celebrating one of the longest partnerships in the history of Las Vegas entertainment.
Montelago Village Resort Announces Complimentary Shuttle Service to the Strip
MonteLago Village Resort guests can now enjoy complimentary daily shuttle service to and from the Las Vegas Strip. The Resort has partnered with Loews Lake Las Vegas for this convenient new transportation service. Guests can be picked up at the front door of the Resort’s Viera building and dropped off at the pick-up location on the Strip at Planet Hollywood. Departure and pick-up times are offered three times daily.
Las Vegas Declares the Start of Summer Early with Camp Vegas Launch
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) officially declared the start of summer early on April 29 with a proclamation ceremony at the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign featuring Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins, "Mr. Las Vegas" Wayne Newton, and Peepshow star Holly Madison. The ceremony, which featured showgirl Judy Jubilee! revealing a tanline and bikini-clad skydivers descending upon The Strip, also made history as the first time the historic Welcome sign had been altered to read "Welcome to Fabulous Camp Vegas." Camp Vegas is the new, integrated summer marketing campaign for Las Vegas, positioning the destination as a summer camp for grown-ups.
Pool Season Arrives in Las Vegas
Las Vegas has kicked off the summer season with a variety of pool parties open to the public:
The Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub, located in the former Encore porte cochere, are both set to open Memorial Day weekend. The 60,000-square-foot Encore Beach Club will be a pool complex featuring 26 cabanas, eight, two-story bungalows, a restaurant and poolside blackjack and craps. Connected to the Encore Beach Club will be Surrender Nightclub. The 5,000-square-foot nightclub will open to the outdoors.
Liquid Pool Lounge by The Light Group is an adults-only experience at ARIA. A state-of-the-art sound system and world-class DJs set a lively mood as guests enjoy the exclusivity and seclusion provided by towering palms.
Venus Pool Club at Garden of the Gods at Caesars Palace incorporates luxurious cabanas, chaise lounges, and a variety of amenities including a Mojito cart. For more information, please contact Pure Management Group at 702-212-8804.
Rehab Pool Party, located on three acres at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, celebrates its seventh season, welcoming more than 4,000 partygoers every Sunday. Now in its third season, Rehab has its own reality television series on TruTV.
Palms Pool & Bungalows offers new reasons to be poolside at Palms Casino Resort. In partnership with 9 Group, Palms offers a Nighttime Pool Lounge every Friday and Saturday night, a monthly nighttime event known as Skinny Dip and a party every Sunday afternoon called Sun Dance,. For the fourth year, Ditch Fridays has also returned.
AZURE, the daytime luxury pool experience at The Palazzo Las Vegas, offers live DJs, poolside cabana massages by Canyon Ranch SpaClub, cuisine from Wolfgang Puck including a new poolside Sunday brunch, water mistings, sunscreen application and much more.
At a spacious 53,000 square feet, WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand combines the best elements of the city’s club scene with two saltwater pools and six jetted spas. Elite VIP service and renowned entertainers are standard amenities.
Mandalay Bay’s fun Concerts on the Beach series invites music-lovers to bring blankets, slip on their flip-flops and hit The Beach, where they can wade into the surf or rent a relaxing beach bungalow or villa for an unforgettable summertime music experience. Adjacent to the beach, the adults-only Moorea Beach Club features dipping pools, chaise lounges, daybeds and more.
Guests can dare to reveal (almost) all at Bare Pool and Lounge at The Mirage. European-style sun-worshipping allows guests to experience poolside pampering at two luxury dipping pools.
Vegas Uncork’d Presented by Bon Appetit Celebrates the World of Culinary Arts
Vegas Uncork’d Presented by Bon Appétit, one of the fastest-growing epicurean events in the United States, will be held May 6-9 in Las Vegas, coinciding with this year’s Mother’s Day weekend. The four-day fête features more than 30 events headlined by 50 celebrated chefs including Paul Bartolotta, Alain Ducasse, Bobby Flay, Michael Mina, Wolfgang Puck and Joel Robuchon. This year’s anchor partner resorts include Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and Wynn | Encore. Also participating in the event for the first time is The Venetian | The Palazzo. The event’s charitable partner is the Three Square Food Bank.
Las Vegas Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week
Each year, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) joins the U.S. Travel Association in celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week. This is a time dedicated for destinations and travel organizations across the nation to recognize the importance of this industry and the impact it has on our economy. The LVCVA has a variety of events planned, May 8-16, to show appreciation to our locals, hospitality employees, and visitors. Events include a pep rally and essay contest on May 11 with Valley High School’s tourism program, a Residents’ Reward program with local television and radio station contests, a Hospitality Heroes award program to recognize exceptional employees within the industry and a destination-wide social media scavenger hunt.
Las Vegas to Host the 11th Global Travel & Tourism Summit in 2011
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will host next year’s Global Travel & Tourism Summit at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The Global Travel & Tourism Summit will take place May 15-19, 2011 and is the leading event on the industry leaders’ calendar that allows for direct, informal dialogue with public sector leaders, plus the international media and academia.
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