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Recent Las Vegas Developments of interest.

The Alon Las Vegas is in planning stages on the 34.6 acres of land next to the Fashion Show Mall and across the street from Wynn. This is the land where the Frontier casino once occupied. 

James Packer purchased the property in 2014. Andre Pascal will help operate the property.  Alon will target Asian high rollers similar to the target market for the Wynn. Initial plans call for 1,100 hotel rooms. There will be one tall tower and one smaller tower in addition to some villas. Plans call for a nightclub, pool and ballroom.

Plans were submitted to Clark County on 28 May 2015. Groundbreaking is expected in early 2016 with the resort to open in late 2018. Plans and construction schedule is tentative and subject to change. There is limited information  available so expect the initial plans to change before they are finalized.  Reported 6 July 2015. 

Resort World Las Vegas
The Resorts World Las Vegas - Officials with the Nevada Gaming Control Board recommended a gaming license for Genting Berhad, the investment arm of Genting Group. A second review will be held 22 May by the Nevada Gaming Commission. This is a major step in obtaining approval for the project. 

The Resorts World Las Vegas is scheduled for the 87-acre site where the partially built Echelon project has sat for almost five years. The Genting Group (a Malaysian conglomerate) announced on Monday 4 March 2013, that they will break ground on the new development in 2014. It is to be named the Resorts World Las Vegas. There will be pagoda-style roofs on glass towers, martial arts performances, regional Chinese cuisine and a family friendly atmosphere. 

The Resorts World Las Vegas will include over 3,500 hotel rooms, convention center and  4,000 set theater. Total cost at build-out is expected to be $7 billion. Opening date is scheduled for 2016. 

The Stardust resort was demolished in 2007 to make way for the $4.8 million Echelon project. The Echelon was to be opened in 2010 but was put on hold indefinitely by the Boyd Gaming Corp. Reported 4 March 2013. Updated 7 May 2014 to add info related to Nevada Gaming Control Board recommending a gaming license.

The Las Vegas High Roller had a grand opening Monday 31 March 2014. The 550-foot "High Roller" is the world's tallest Ferris wheel. Each of the 28 pod-like cabins has a capacity of 40-people.

The High Roller moves at a steady 1 mile per hour and each ride takes 30 minutes. The large Ferris wheel is the centerpiece of the new $550 million "The LINQ" entertainment complex of recently opened shops, bars, and restaurants. The LINQ is part of Caesars Entertainment Corp. One can reserve tickets at www.thelinq.com. Rides are $26.95 per trip from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, or $36.95 from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am. Reported Monday 31 March 2014. 
Daylight Beach Club
The Daylight Beach Club at the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino is back. The Daylight Beach Club opened in the Summer 2013. Being seasonal, it was closed during the winter months. The venue has a capacity of 5,000 and features a 4,400 square foot pool along with a 1,500 square foot elevated stage and six LED screens. Not your ordinary traditional Las Vegas pool party. 

Daylight Beach Club has announced their opening weekend dates. Daylight will have a soft opening Friday 28 March through Sunday, 30 March 2014. The grand opening is set for the following Saturday, 5 April 2014 featuring a performance by crossover dance music mastermind Nicky Romero. Daylight hours are Friday through Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm.  Saturday and Sunday cover chrage varies with special events. Reported 10 February 2014.

Olivia Newton-John starts her Las Vegas residency on Tuesday 8 April 2014 with 45 shows at the Donny and Marie Showroom at The Flamingo. Dates are scheduled through the summer 2014. A nostalgic show featuring favorites from Olivia's past such as "Grease" classics "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "You're the One That I Want," as well as independent pop songs. The show will be called "Summer Nights."

Olivia Newton-John show tickets go on sale Friday 7 February 2014 starting at $69.00. Reported Tuesday 4 February 2014.

Cromwell Hotel
Out with Bill's Gamblin' Hall and in with the Cromwell. At least that is the current plan. Ceasars Entertainment Corp. has announced that it plans to replace the closed Las Vegas Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon that was closed in 2013.  The new 188-room hotel will be renamed the Cromwell.  The previous plan was to open it as the Gansevoort but that is no longer the plan. 

The Cromwell is located in the center of the Strip with will include a rooftop pool along with Drai's Beach Club and Nightclub ( Victor Drai, the night club developer ). Caesar's is referring to it as Las Vegas' first 'luxury lifestyle boutique hotel."  The renovation of the old Bill's Gamblin' Hall cost $185 million. Caesars added hardwood floors, black and white tile shower walls, and plush seating to the hotel rooms.  There is a 40,000 square foot casino and a restaurant with television ( The Food Network ) celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis. The rooms will draw inspiration from modern Parisian style lodgings. 

Giada De Laurentiis' restaurant, Giada, will be located on the second story. Giada will seat 260 guests and feature automatic retractable windows. It will open this Fall 2014. Look for Italian cooking with vibrant Californian influences with such dishes as lemon spaghetti, eggplant rollatini, marsala herb chicken meatballs and lemon ricotta cookies.

The hotel property is at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. It was once called the Barbary Coast and Bill's Gamblin' Hall. The Cromwell will hire for 1,200 positions for the hotel and for Drai's nightclub and rooftop pool. Rooms are scheduled to go on pre-sale on 21 February and on sale to the public on 24 February 2014. No opening date has been set as of press-time for this article. Reported 31 January 2014.

Las Vegas hosted nearly 39,668,221 million visitors in 2013 just shy of the 2012 record of 39,727,022.  Average daily room rates for the strip were $112.14 in December 2013 versus $102.34 in December 2012, an increase of 1.6 percent.. Citywide hotel occupancy averaged 84.3 percent for the year 2013. Room inventory as of 31 December 2013 was 150,593 just over the inventory of 150,481 at the end of year 2012. 

Convention attendance exceeded 5.1 million for year 2013, the highest count since 2008 reflecting the ongoing improvement in the convention and meetings segment. 

Passenger traffic at McCarran airport was up 0.5 percent, reaching 41.86 million total passengers for year 2013.  Statistics from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Las Vegas Night Clubs ranked at the top. Nightclub & Bar recently revealed their top 100 night clubs based on revenue. Las Vegas night clubs placed in 7 of the top 10 as well as 21 of the nation's top 100 night clubs. The number one spot is a tie between XS Nightclub and Marquee Las Vegas.  Las Vegas nightclubs dominates the top spots. Top Las nightclubs are . . . 

1.  XS Nightclub  -  Las Vegas, NV
1.  Marquee Las Vegas  -  Las Vegas, NV
3.  TAO Las Vegas  -  Vegas, NV
4.  LIV  -  Miami Beach, FL
5.  Surrender Nightclub  -  Las Vegas NV
6.  Pure Nightclub  -  Las Vegas NV
7.  LAVO NY  -  New York, NY
8.  Tryst Nightclub  -  Las Vegas, NV
9.  LAVO Las Vegas  -  Las Vegas, NV
10. Mango's Tropical Cafe  - Miami Beach, FL

It is now common for visitors to Las Vegas to skip gambling and instead visit one of the many night clubs. Popular touring DJ and celebrities, lasers,  high tech lighting, LED walls, and confetti canons all make for a celebration atmosphere. These maga-clubs are becoming more important to the casinos' botto line. If you want to party, there is not better place than Las Vegas and it is getting bigger and better by the minute. See the official top 100 list at Nightclub & Bar Top 100. Reported Friday 4 October 2013.

Britney Spears as announced a two year residency in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The first of 100 shows will be 27 December 2013. The initial 16 Britney Spears dates go on sale Friday 20 September 2013. Prices range from from $59.00 to $179.00 plus fees. Reported Tuesday 17 September 2013.

The Shania Twain has announced 22 new show dates for "Shania: Still the One" at the Caesars Palace concert hall. The 22 new shows start this fall and are in addition to the 12 shows starting 14 May 2013.  Tickets to the fall shows (15 October 2013 to 14 December 2013) go on sale Friday 10 May 2013. Shania Twain show ticket prices range from $55.00 to $250.00 plus fees. Reported Monday 6 May 2013.

MGM Resorts International, together with AEG have entered into an agreement to pursue the development of a 20,000 seat indoor arena. It will be located west of the Las Vegas Strip, between the New York-New York and the Monte Carlo, extending from Las Vegas Boulevard to Frank Sinatra Drive. Expect to see boxing, sporting events, headline entertainment and other special events. Design and planning is well underway. The partners are expected to begin seeking appropriate approvals soon. The project will include retail shops and dining. Reported 1 March 2013.

The Sahara Hotel Casino broke ground 14 February 2013 on the $415 million renovations.. The SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino was formerly known at the Sahara Hotel and Casino. There will be 1,600 guest rooms, retail shopping, four nightlife venues, and several dining options. It is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2014.  The Sahara was closed on 16 May 2011.  Reported 13 February 2013.


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