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Is Vegas ready for NBA or MLB? Sports executive panel weighs in
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
Las Vegas has become a big league sports destination and could host an NHL All-Star Game or even a Super Bowl, but it’s not ready for the NBA or MLB, according to at least one of the sports executives at a commercial real estate panel on Thursday at the Orleans. ...
MGM real estate spinoff wants to buy Caesars real estate company
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
MGM Growth Properties, the company that acts as landlord for many MGM properties, wants to combine with VICI Properties, the company that owns ...
Tools of neuroscience deliver new insights about consumer behavior
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Marketers are always looking for ways to understand consumers and their sometimes-confounding decisions. Neuroscience, the study of how the brain and nervous system function, seems to offer a crucial edge.
Nevada resort revenue hits record levels in 2017
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Nongaming spending on the Strip drove resort revenue in Nevada to record levels in 2017, according to numbers released today by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Each January, the board release its Nevada Gaming Abstract, a review of the ...
State Sen. Becky Harris to chair Gaming Control Board
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Gov. Brian Sandoval has chosen Republican state Sen. Becky Harris as the new chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Harris replaces ...
Where is Las Vegas on the business cycle? Six experts weigh in
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Positive economic news continues through early 2018, furthering a trend from last year’s strong stock market and employment numbers. Locally, hotels are adding convention space and remodeling rooms, the Fontainebleau and Alon deals generated buzz on the Strip and ...
Luxor esports arena to open in March
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Esports Arena Las Vegas, the new gaming venue where the LAX nightclub used to be located at the Luxor, will open March 22, according to a statement released today by ...
Konami's old-school horse racing game rides new technology in test run
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
The basic action of the Fortune Cup game is a series of tiny horse figurines “racing” around a track roughly the size of a foosball table. Konami describes it as a multistation mechanical horse racing game with ...
Las Vegas resorts and clubs are hiring for pool season
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
It may be January, but Las Vegas resorts are now hiring thousands of employees for pool season. Early winter is typically the time the resorts and nightclub companies begin ramping up to host tourists at pools and day clubs. Most, if not all, of these jobs are seasonal. ...
LVCVA: Shooting, room remodels cause 2017 visitor volume to drop
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
The Oct. 1 shooting and fewer available hotel rooms caused a drop in visitor volume for 2017, according to preliminary numbers released Tuesday by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. In his presentation to the board of directors ...
Groundbreaking heralds convention center expansion project
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority broke ground Monday on the 1.4 million-square-foot expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center with a flashy ceremony featuring showgirls, a Las Vegas entertainer and ...
South Point giving $1 million in bonuses, cites tax reform bill
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
The South Point has joined the list of businesses handing out bonuses after passage of the Trump administration’s tax reform bill. The casino released a statement today saying it was ...
Lucky Dragon halts gaming, restaurant operations to reorganize
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
The Lucky Dragon announced this morning that it is temporarily ceasing gaming and restaurant operations and reducing staff as it begins the process of reorganizing. The hotel and gift shop will remain open, including ...
Q+A: Banking regulator with local ties describes nomination process, first month in office
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018
In November, Las Vegan Joseph Otting was sworn in as comptroller of the currency, which regulates 1,347 national banks, federal savings associations and federal branches of foreign banks. The Las Vegas Sun sat down with Otting recently to speak about his new position and life in Washington, D.C. ...
Las Vegas has a conference for every cause
Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
Las Vegas’ convention calendar is loaded with events covering topics you might not have considered.
Nevada gaming revenue down 2.3 percent in November
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
Nevada’s November gaming revenue dropped by 2.3 percent — $909,007,025 compared to $930,405,599 for November 2016 — for nonrestricted locations, the Nevada Gaming Control Board reported today. Nonrestricted locations are casinos with ...
Traffic, tourism expected to be down slightly this New Year’s weekend
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017
Reduced room inventory could be driving up room rates, making New Year’s Eve in Vegas too expensive for some people this year. Also, New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday ...
Moving? 72 percent of Las Vegas homeowners at least considering it
Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017
More Las Vegas homeowners are thinking of moving in the next five years than homeowners in Dallas or Phoenix, according to a survey conducted in the three Southwest cities. Tech-based real estate company Opendoor, which recently began buying and selling homes in Southern Nevada, asked homeowners in all three cities if they were ...
Despite Wynn’s move, gaming grows slowly on north Strip
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
Whether Wynn Resorts’ purchase of the site where the New Frontier was located will be the spark that ignites development on the northern stretch of the Las Vegas Strip remains to be seen since many proposed projects have significant issues that could delay or even prevent them from coming to fruition. ...
Pedestrian bridges on Las Vegas Strip at Tropicana to open
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
The pedestrian bridges at Tropicana Avenue and the Las Vegas Strip, which have been under construction since May 2016 in a $34 million project, will
Union representing Green Valley Ranch slot techs waits for negotiations
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
A small group of slot technicians is waiting to see if Station Casinos will start negotiating a contract with their union, now that the National Labor Relations Board denied the company’s objections to a union election held earlier this year. ...
Hard Rock Hotel agrees to settle Culinary charges
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Management at the Hard Rock Hotel agreed today to settle with the National Labor Relations Board charges that the company engaged in unfair labor practices to ...
Viva Aerobus adding nonstop flights from Mexico City to Las Vegas
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Just past noon Saturday, travelers from Mexico City will start arriving in Las Vegas via new nonstop service on budget airline Viva Aerobus. At a news conference to announce the new route, officials with ...
17-story hotel under construction next to Palms on Flamingo Road
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Construction is underway on a 17-story non-gaming hotel on Flamingo Road, next door to the Palms resort just west of the Las Vegas Strip. The project, called 3883 Flamingo, sits on almost 9 acres and will include multifamily housing and retail, according to the developer, CAI Investments, which hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday. Tenants at the site will include ...
Room rates, table game prices on the Strip fluctuate widely during holidays
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Prices for hotel rooms and at casino tables in Las Vegas traditionally surge and recede during the holidays, but at least one pricing expert says technology may eventually allow resorts to attract the best-spending customers and worry less about empty rooms. Anthony Curtis, a consumer blogger and publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor who has tracked room rates on the Las Vegas Strip for 27 years, says ...
Wynn Resorts buying site of former New Frontier on Strip
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Wynn Resorts announced today it is buying 38 acres of land on the Strip across from the Wynn Las Vegas and the Encore. Most of the land — 34 acres — is on the site of the ...
Design contract OK’d for expansion of Las Vegas Convention Center
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board of directors signed off today on a contract for the firm designing a 1.4 million-square-foot expansion of ...
Burnett leaving Nevada Gaming Control Board
Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
Burnett said he will be work with gaming issues in his new position but can’t appear before the control board or Gaming Commission for a year because of state lobbyist laws ...
Big eats: Your guide to Las Vegas' monstrous food challenges
Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
Las Vegas is easily one of the most indulgent restaurant cities in the world. If you can foot the big bill, there’s no style of cuisine unavailable and no limits to the ...
IGT adds stimulating dimension to slot machine
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
From the very beginning, slot machines — with fast-spinning reels and the sound of coins clattering into metal buckets — were designed to excite the senses and hopefully drive players to bet more. Today, slot makers are hoping new technology will make games even more immersive. One example is IGT’s new 4-D Sphinx slot ...
Quirks, habits of international visitors explored at Governor’s Tourism Summit
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
Travel tendencies of international tourists were among the discussion topics on the second day of the Governor’s Summit on Tourism at the Flamingo Las Vegas. ...
Funds OK’d for tourism in Nevada’s rural areas
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
The Nevada Commission on Tourism approved $660,000 in grants to help promote tourism in the rural areas of the state during its quarterly meeting on Monday. ...
Doubling down on meeting spaces keeps Las Vegas at forefront in competition for visitor dollars
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
By investing in convention space, MGM and its competitors aren’t just taking advantage of a lucrative customer base. They’re helping to ensure Las Vegas stays a step ahead of rivals such as Orlando, Fla., Chicago and New York, as well as up-and-coming locations like San Diego, New Orleans and Nashville, Tenn.
LVCVA says mass shooting slowed Las Vegas tourism in October
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Visitor volume to Las Vegas dropped by 4.2 percent after the Oct. 1 shooting, while convention business remained strong, according to numbers released today by the ...
Gaming revenue up slightly in wake of October shooting
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
In the first statewide numbers released since the Oct. 1 shooting, gaming revenue rose almost everywhere in Nevada except on the Las Vegas Strip, according to ...
Renowned Chandelier bar refreshed to fit in with other changes at Cosmopolitan
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
The Chandelier bar, the crystal-festooned centerpiece of the Cosmopolitan, has received a few upgrades recently, a facelift that management says blends it with other ongoing tweaks at the resort over the last few years. The eye-catching strands of crystals that give the multilevel lounge its distinctive theme aren’t going away, but the changes include new furniture, colors and ...
How to reduce Thanksgiving travel stress
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
Because of the high expectations, tight schedules and long journeys, holiday travel can be an exercise in frustration. But local transportation authorities say a small amount of preparation and a healthy dose of patience can go a long way to make the experience easier. ...
Station files objections to Green Valley Ranch union election
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
Station Casinos filed objections with the National Labor Relations Board this week, saying Culinary Union organizers tried to coerce Green Valley Ranch employees into ...
Gaming panel grills casino software company exec before rejecting application
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
The Nevada Gaming Commission grilled executives and attorneys of gaming software company Table Trac on Thursday, accusing an executive and an attorney representing the company of ignoring the instructions the commission gave at an earlier meeting. After a contentious hearing, the commission voted to reject the application ...
MGM likely to focus on Strip remodels rather than new U.S. casinos, CEO says
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
MGM Resorts International is done building new casinos in the U.S. and will likely spend future development dollars on remodeling its Strip properties in the same way it’s remodeling Monte Carlo, the company’s CEO says. MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren said in a recent conference call that with the exception of a potential casino in Japan, the company ...
LVCVA chooses architect for LV Convention Center expansion
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority board on Tuesday chose an architect for the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion, reviewed ...
Industry experts share big trends and seasonal consumer habits tied to traditional retail
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
The local office of commercial real estate giant CBRE brought together real estate, retail and economic experts from their national and local offices recently, to speak to the media and review economic trends for the holidays and the coming year. Here are five takeaways from the discussion. ...
Mandalay Bay staff reduction result of Oct. 1 shooting attack
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
MGM Resorts International is laying off workers at Mandalay Bay because of the economic effects of the Oct. 1 shooting ...
Green Valley Ranch workers vote to join union
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
A third Station Casinos property in Las Vegas is now a union shop after workers at Green Valley Ranch voted Nov. 8-9 to join the Culinary Workers local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165. According to a statement released ...
Golden's third-quarter net revenue rises 3.9 percent
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
Golden Entertainment, which finished the acquisition of Stratosphere on Oct. 23, reported third-quarter earnings Wednesday. ...
Zipline to be added to the Linq in 2018
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
Caesars Entertainment is building a zipline that will run from a 122-foot launch tower near the Las Vegas Strip 1,080 feet to the base of the High Roller Observation Wheel at the Linq, the company announced today. The zipline attraction will be named the Fly Linq and will be able to carry 10 people at once over the Linq Promenade, the open-air mall situated between ...
MGM’s Murren: Shooting, marketing pause will have impact on fourth quarter
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
MGM is reporting third-quarter net income of $149.1 million, its first quarterly financial report since a deadly mass shooting at its Mandalay Bay property in early October. The shooting did not ...
LV Convention Center expansion design expected to advance today
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
The massive expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center could take a step forward today if the winner of a design competition passes the next hurdle in the process ...
The lasting effects of war: Federal government cleaning up WWII munitions in Las Vegas
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
Just a short walk from the 215 Beltway and not far from residential neighborhoods and a casino, lie shell casings, .50-caliber bullets and crumpled practice bombs.
Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels looking to expand to Las Vegas
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Virgin Hotels, part of the Virgin Group founded by billionaire Richard Branson, could soon be entering the Las Vegas market, likely purchasing an existing hotel property. A spokeswoman for Virgin Hotels company confirmed the company was looking at ...