Cindy Williams spent years skipping down the street singing “Schleimiel! Shlimazel!” and now, due to popular demand, she is once again kicking up her heels on the Las Vegas Strip as she returns as the guest star of Menopause The Musical® at Harrah’s Las Vegas March 6 through May 29.
- “Le Reve” At Wynn Provides An Over-The-Top Escape – Click For Le Reve Tickets
- Pitbull’s Vegas Show Returns To Planet Hollywood – Click For Pitbull Tickets
- Britney Spears Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction At Las Vegas Concert – Click For Britney Spears Tickets
- Britney Spears’ Las Vegas Residency Has Now Earned $100 Million, And It’s Not Done Yet – Click For Britney Spears Tickets
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas expands its dynamic culinary portfolio with the addition of Oyster Bar, led by distinguished Executive Chef Bradley Manchester. The 16-seat, full-service restaurant and bar will fuse fresh oysters, seafood, produce and rich pan roasts with contemporary flavors as well as offer top-shelf, premium libations and beer
Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2016 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award.” The prestigious honor is a result of the company’s ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety
Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, the first in Las Vegas to offer an authentic Asian gaming, dining and lifestyle experience, announced today plans for an expanded VIP Gaming Lounge to accommodate the growing rolling chip program as well as non-rolling VIP gaming.
Approaching South Point from the Strip can be intimidating. As a Texan (being totally honest, born in California, but Texas resident since I was 3), we’re familiar with big things, in fact, things usually bigger than in other places. South Point standing bigger than big, on the other hand, struck me as almost stupidly huge.
Take a break from working on your jump shot and head to Las Vegas for our annual Hoops on the Strip. We have the lowdown on where to score the best seat during the 2017 college basketball championships.
Hello From Las Vegas! – For those keeping score, this was supposed to be the first week of my 3 week hiatus. Both do work on a health issue, and to do some strategic planning for the future of the business. However, duty calls!
Downtown Kicking The Strip On Gaming Gaines – Last week, the article Marketing, homeless are biggest challenges for downtown Las Vegas, gaming execs say appeared in the local paper. Of great interest was a certain statistic cited in the story. Downtown gaming revenue increases 4% this past year. Strip gaming revenue? 1/10 of that (on a percentage basis). This prompted me to pen the following Letter To The Editor: No secret to the revival of downtown Las Vegas casinos
I read with interest the Review-Journal’s recent story reporting that the downtown area had the biggest percentage increase in gaming win of any region in the state, dwarfing the Strip tenfold. What I found even more interesting was some of the reasons downtown hotel execs gave for the increase:
— Downtown Grand: We have eSports.
— Plaza: We upgraded our pool and added bingo.
— Fremont: We added a new bar.
— The D/Golden Gate: We’re building more slot space.
This gave me a pretty good chuckle. It is almost like they all got together ahead of time to figure out how to keep the cat in the bag and mislead their Strip contemporaries as to the reasons for success.
As someone with more than two decades of Las Vegas tourism promotion, I can tell you what they are doing right: Lower limits, more favorable game rules, looser slots, free-flowing liquor comps, and more affordable food and beverage. They know they are going to get your money eventually. Not only isn’t it a sin to let you play longer, but even after you’ve lost that first $100 bill, you are more likely to pull out the next one because you got your entertainment value out of it.
The mantra of Strip casinos has been “people aren’t gambling as much, so we want to focus on other revenue sources.” The reality is that people aren’t gambling on the Strip as much in recent years because those casinos decided to choke the golden goose some time ago. Slots were tightened, limits were raised, house-favorable rules like lower-pay blackjack were instituted, and people simply lost their money more quickly.
Oh, and could downtown’s lower (or non-existent) resort fees, free guest parking and lower-priced dining (both fine and casual) be leaving people more money to gamble with? Food for thought.
As you can imagine, it is making some waves. The editorial page of our paper is well-read.
You may wonder why there is such a drumbeat of visitor emotion on these issues, and yet no one locally (travel media or traditional media) is speaking up on behalf of the visitor. Your answer is simple: MGM Resorts is the largest employer in the state. Caesars Entertainment has to be way up there as well. To speak against their practices is a good way to get blacklisted in this industry. IE, no more advertising contracts.
Interestingly enough, that is one of the things I’ll be pondering while I take a little time off and look after my health: Whether much of my business will be based on a traditional model of helping sell hotel rooms, or whether I want to take a significant plunge into making our membership program pay all the bills (which it doesn’t come close to now). Which would allow for me to dish on a lot more helpful inside information, and continue to concentrate on advocacy for our readers.
Speaking of Las Vegas Strip revenues, I read that MGM Resorts failed to meet revenue estimates in the fourth quarter, resulting in a nearly 10% drop in their stock prices. Disclaimer: I am not a stock analyst nor do I own any Las Vegas resort stock (in any of them). I have to admit I was kind of surprised. Rising room rates, rising resort fees, and parking charges can’t be hurting revenue. I wonder what kind of shape they would be in without those sources. And what will happen over the next couple of years to bookings as people feel stretched in the wallet.
Raiders To Downtown Could Be A Reality – Since some of you care, and since the national media hasn’t got any part of this story correct from day one, here’s the latest: Downtown is courting the team really hard. You may have heard that because Sheldon Adelson (Venetian/Palazzo owner) pulled out of his tentative promise to fund the stadium to the tune of $650 million (long story), The Raiders need to find an extra $650 in investment capital to make the move.
Or do they? $200 million-plus in land acquisition costs were factored into the initial cost estimates. Guess what: The City of Las Vegas is willing to give them the Cashman Center Property (minor league baseball stadium and exhibition space) for $1. So, that slashes $200 million off of the cost. Also, recently built state-of-the-art stadiums ms in other locals have been build for less. They can probably take off another $200 million if they want to. Getting the needed amount down to a much more comfortable $250 million. Which is chump-change in Las Vegas development terms.
Also, Raiders owner Mark Davis’ pride is at stake. He’s pretty much made his bed with the move here. I feel that he wants to show it can be done no matter who is in and who is out.
You aren’t reading that in the national media. We’ll keep you posted.
Ted Newkirk, Publisher
Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler
Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley
Wicked Spoon Buffet Tour at The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This was shot during brunch on a Friday afternoon.
A fantastic MUST-SEE and Must-Do in Las Vegas! Adults and children alike, this is an absolute must. Face to face, the dolphins will touch your heart forever!
Let’s go on a 4×4 adventure into Death Valley! This is the drive on Titus Canyon Road, which starts in Nevada, crosses into California, then over scenic Red Pass and through twisty, narrow Titus Canyon, before entering the valley. Sorry the clip is so long… you may want to skip a few minutes ahead to the best parts!
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