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Senor Frog’s opening location at Treasure Island
Monday, May 9, 2011
Treasure Island is expanding its bar and nightlife offerings with the addition of a Senor Frog’s location.
Nevada slips 5 spots in annual list of business-friendly states
Monday, May 9, 2011
Nevada is still one of the top 10 states to do business in, but it fell five spots from last year, according to a survey by Chief Executive Magazine.
Silver lining for Las Vegas retailers: Nation’s wealthiest have kept spending
Monday, May 9, 2011
The lineup of retailers at Crystals luxury mall at CityCenter reads like a who’s who of posh celebrities. Louis Vuitton. Roberto Cavalli. Harry Winston. Christian Dior. Then there are the brands too obscure or expensive to be household names: Assouline (rare book store) or Kiki de Montparnasse (racy lingerie). If you haven’t heard of them, you’re not their clientele.
Las Vegas Sands names president of local properties
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Las Vegas Sands has named a new president for its Las Vegas properties, the company announced this week. The position has been vacant since the former president stepped into a new role.
Hard Rock's 'Real World' suite available for tourists
Thursday, May 5, 2011
At first glance, Suite 1168 in Hard Rock’s Casino Tower looks like any other Las Vegas high roller suite. There are flat-screen TVs, a full-size bar and a hot tub large enough for whatever party might wander back to your room.
Casino industry notches small gain in 2010 after declines, report says
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
After two years of declining revenues, the U.S. casino industry showed more stable results in 2010, according to an annual report released today by the American Gaming Association. Gross gaming revenue from commercial casinos totaled $34.6 billion in 2010, a nearly 1 percent increase from 2009.
Las Vegas Sands earnings soar in first quarter on strength in Asia
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Las Vegas Sands reported record earnings for the first quarter of 2011, primarily because of stronger results in Macau and operations in Singapore. The Las Vegas-based casino operator today reported net income increased to $299.4 million.
Sahara shuts down roller coaster ahead of May 16 closure
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The Sahara hotel-casino has shut down its roller coaster in preparation for its closure in less than two weeks. The roller coaster closed Sunday, a representative from the hotel said. The ride first opened in 1999 when the Sahara renovated and opened its NASCAR Café.
Las Vegas bumped from atop Orbitz summer travel index
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Las Vegas has been bumped from the top spot of summer travel destinations on one travel website. The city trailed Orlando and took the No. 2 spot on Orbitz’s 2011 summer travel index, after holding the top spot for the last two years.
Randy Couture has become much more than a fighter — he's a brand
Friday, April 29, 2011
On any given weekday evening, the entrance of Xtreme Couture martial arts gym off Sunset Road is brimming with wannabe mixed martial arts fighters who have just left their nine-to-fives to train alongside six-time UFC champion Randy Couture.
Tivoli Village retail district opens in western valley
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Executives cut the ribbon today on the first phase of the $850 million Tivoli Village at Queensridge in the western Las Vegas Valley. Tivoli opened with 15 stores and restaurants, which is half of the stores planned for Phase 1 of the project.
Gambler hits $10.6 million Megabucks jackpot at Aria
Friday, April 22, 2011
One gambler is going home a lot richer after hitting the Megabucks jackpot for $10.6 million at Aria on Friday evening. A spokesperson for MGM Resorts International confirmed the win but said the gambler has asked to remain anonymous.
Tivoli Village counting down to grand opening
Thursday, April 21, 2011
In recent years, building a new Las Vegas development has usually meant adding a towering glass casino-resort to the valley’s skyline. But unlike the flashy behemoths on the Strip, west Las Vegas’ latest development is calling upon some old world charm to attract patrons.
Wynn Resorts profit gets boost to $173.8 million in first quarter
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Wynn Resorts posted a sixfold increase in profit during the first quarter of 2011 as business boomed in Macau and continued to rebound in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas-based casino operator reported first-quarter profit of $173.8 million, or $1.39 per share, an increase from $27 million, or 22 cents per share in the same period of 2010.
Steve Wynn got $6.2 million raise in 2010, filing shows
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Steve Wynn took home more than $14.6 million in 2010 in his role as Wynn Resorts chairman and CEO, an increase of about $6.2 million from his compensation package in 2009.
Cosmopolitan named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Las Vegas’ newest resort, the Cosmopolitan, has been named to Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Hot List.
Las Vegas show ticket prices hit highest level recorded in survey
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The number of tourists traveling to Las Vegas is approaching pre-recession levels, but the average cost of a Strip show ticket has already surpassed that mark. Las Vegas show prices are at the highest levels recorded in the 20-year history of an annual survey conducted by Las Vegas Advisor.
2 new pool parties diving into Las Vegas 'daylife' scene
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
It’s the time of year when packs of bikini-clad 20-somethings descend on Las Vegas Strip resort pools with yard-long drinks and hundreds of dollars to spend. It’s pool party season and the most profitable time of year for nightclub operators who are also dabbling in the daylife trend.
KSNV entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs to leave station
Monday, April 11, 2011
Longtime TV entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs announced today she will be leaving KSNV Channel 3.
Burgers and brews: Whopper Bar opens at the Rio
Saturday, April 9, 2011
If there is anything that could match the number of casinos in Las Vegas, it’s the number of fast food restaurants. McDonald’s and Burger King operate a combined total of more than 80 restaurants in the Las Vegas Valley, with smaller brands scattered in between. Las Vegas probably needs another fast food restaurant as much overweight Americans need their high-calorie offerings. But Burger King’s new Whopper Bar at the Rio puts a different spin on its traditional offerings.
Las Vegas records 12th straight month of visitor increases
Friday, April 8, 2011
February brought Las Vegas its 12th consecutive month of increases in visitation, according to numbers released today. The number of visitors in February increased by 1 percent from about 2.85 million visitors in February 2010 to more than 2.88 million this past February, according to a monthly report from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
2 new pool parties diving into Las Vegas 'daylife' scene
Thursday, April 7, 2011
It’s the time of year when packs of bikini-clad 20-somethings descend on Las Vegas Strip resort pools with yard-long drinks and hundreds of dollars to spend. It’s pool party season and the most profitable time of year for nightclub operators who are also dabbling in the daylife trend.
Sun moves business coverage to newly launched partner site,
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Greenspun Media Group has launched a new website for daily and breaking business news in conjunction with its reimagined weekly business magazine, VEGAS INC.
American Airlines adds fifth daily Las Vegas-Los Angeles flight
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
American Airlines has added a fifth daily flight between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, starting today.
License sought to operate shuttered Casino MonteLago
Friday, April 1, 2011
A company called Intrepid Gaming has filed for a license to operate the shuttered Casino MonteLago in the development’s MonteLago Village Resort.
Vegas Box hopes frequent tourists leave personal items behind
Thursday, March 31, 2011
We’ve all likely stood behind one at McCarran International Airport security — travelers who purge their carry-on bag of shampoo bottles and suntan lotion because they don’t understand the TSA’s 3.4-ounce liquid restriction.
Las Vegas Sands plans May opening for Pennsylvania hotel
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Las Vegas Sands will open a hotel at its Pennsylvania casino in May. The Sands Hotel at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., will be a 300-room, luxury hotel and the largest in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley area, the company announced this week.
Union supporters arrested at protest of Station Casinos
Thursday, March 24, 2011
On a side street near Palace Station, 100 Culinary Union supporters were arrested Thursday night for blocking a roadway to show their support for the organization’s attempt to unionize workers at Station Casinos.
Annual tourism report: Length of stay up, number who gamble down
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The average Las Vegas tourist spent more and stayed longer in 2010 compared to a year earlier, a positive sign for the city's ailing tourism industry.
Former Pure nightclub host pleads guilty to tax crimes
Thursday, March 24, 2011
A second former host who worked at Caesars Palace’s Pure nightclub has pleaded guilty to tax crimes stemming from a 2008 IRS raid at the nightclub for its tipping and cash handling policies.
Report: Las Vegas No. 1 on list of top trade show destinations
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Las Vegas remained the top U.S. destination for trade shows in 2010, according to a new report released by the Trade Show News Network. The city hosted 60 of the 250 largest trade shows in 2010.
Las Vegas Strip casinos to mark Earth Hour Saturday night
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Las Vegas Strip will go dark Saturday night for Earth Hour to send a message about climate change and the importance of energy conservation. This is the third year several Strip casinos will be dimming their lights for the annual event.
Reality show 'Undercover Boss' will feature MGM Grand executive
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
MGM Grand President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Sibella is going undercover as a frontline employee at his property for a CBS reality show.
Las Vegas resorts banking on annual spring break boost
Monday, March 14, 2011
It was 1986 when an up-and-coming music TV network first touched down in Daytona Beach for its inaugural spring break special. It was before anyone had ever heard of a reality TV show, but the throngs of inebriated college students and bikini-clad girls made an instant hit for MTV.
Report: Rising gas prices will bring weaker results to gaming industry
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Higher fuel costs will likely take a toll on the U.S. gaming industry as Americans scale back on discretionary spending to fill their gas tanks, according to a new report.
Las Vegas records 8.6 percent increase in January visitors
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Some of Las Vegas’ largest annual conventions helped to drive a visitor volume increase of 8.6 percent in January over the previous year, according to numbers released today.
Stratosphere's 'American Superstars' to end this month
Thursday, March 10, 2011
“American Superstars,” one of the longest-running shows in Las Vegas, will close at the Stratosphere on March 30.
Ranking of 'most dangerous' spring break cities puts Las Vegas at No. 3
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Apparently Disney World is a riskier vacation spot than the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas ranked No. 3 on a list of the 25 most dangerous U.S. spring break destinations, just below Orlando and Daytona Beach.
Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman made $5.9 million in 2010
Monday, March 7, 2011
Gary Loveman took home about $5.9 million in 2010 in his role as Caesars Entertainment chairman and CEO, slightly less than the compensation package he received in 2009.
Will rising gas prices pinch Las Vegas tourism?
Saturday, March 5, 2011
As prices at the gas pump continue to spike, a vacation is often the first thing cut from the family budget. But even as fuel prices near the $4 mark in major tourist feeder markets like California, Las Vegas tourism and resort officials don’t seem to be worried — yet.
County OKs plans for amusement park across from Mandalay Bay
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Clark County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously supported a proposed amusement park on the Las Vegas Strip. Developers hope to build an entertainment and retail district that would include amusement rides on a 9.6-acre site across from Mandalay Bay.
Bellagio announces Hyde Lounge, an indoor-outdoor nightclub
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The company plans to rebrand and redesign the Fontana Bar.
L.A. company expanding to Las Vegas with new nightclub at Bellagio
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Los Angeles-based hospitality company SBE Entertainment announced today it is expanding its Hyde Lounge nightlife brand to Las Vegas. The company plans to rebrand the Fontana Bar at the Bellagio.
CityCenter hopes new signage brings more traffic
MGM Resorts says changes continue in response to customer feedback
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
When Deutsche Bank opened the Cosmopolitan on the Strip in December, misinformed tourists and some Las Vegas residents mistakenly grouped the new resort with MGM Resorts International’s CityCenter complex next door. It was easy to see why.
Steve Wynn gets annual salary boost of $1 million
Monday, Feb. 28, 2011
Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn has received an annual salary increase of about $1 million, according to a regulatory filing today. Wynn’s base salary was increased to $4 million, the filing indicated. The change was effective Feb. 24.
Wynn Las Vegas gets $99 million upgrade after 5 years
Monday, Feb. 28, 2011
While some of his Las Vegas Strip neighbors are tattered from several years of use, Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn barely waits for a thread to be out of place at his hotels before calling for a complete remodel. It’s a practice the casino mogul has followed since the beginning of his career, first at the Golden Nugget and now at Wynn Las Vegas.
Caesars seeks funding for unfinished Octavius Tower, new Las Vegas Strip entertainment plaza
In SEC filing, company says it needs $400 million to finance projects
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Caesars Entertainment announced today that it is seeking funding to complete the unfinished Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace and to begin development on a retail and entertainment plaza on the Strip.
Celine Dion discusses Las Vegas show, gives away tickets on 'Oprah'
Monday, Feb. 21, 2011
Celine Dion stopped by “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Monday to talk about her pregnancy struggles, four-month-old twin boys and to give away dozens of tickets to her new Las Vegas show. The announcement was greeted with screaming — and some crying — from audience members.
Orlando bumps Vegas from top of Orbitz spring break destination list
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
A more family friendly travel destination has bumped Las Vegas from the top spot of the hottest spring break vacation locations on one travel website. After holding steady at No. 1 for two years, Las Vegas moved to No. 2 as Orlando moved into lead spot on’s list.
Developers plan amusement park, retail center on Las Vegas Strip
County Commission is scheduled to hear the proposal on March 2
Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
An amusement park is in the works on a site where another family-friendly attraction failed at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.

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