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Latest from Vegas – February 2018

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – February 2018.

First Gordon Ramsey HELL’S KITCHEN Restaurant Opens at Caesars Palace
Multi-Michelin star chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay, joined by the finalists of Season 17 HELL’S KITCHEN All-Stars and famous faces from the sports and entertainment world, celebrated the official grand opening of the first-ever Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Since its soft opening in early January, the highly-anticipated restaurant has already received reservations for nearly 25,000 guests. Designed to be an experiential and immersive destination restaurant, guests at Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN will feel transported to the studio set of the globally popular FOX television show. The inspiration from the hit show is evident from the signature fiery pitchfork – direct from the set of the popular TV show – that marks the entryway, to the life-size video screen of Chef Ramsay that greets guests upon arrival, to the chef uniforms and menu items. The winner of current Season 17 of HELL’S KITCHEN All-Stars will be named Head Chef and have portrait hung with the other previous champions on the winner’s wall.
Tuscany Suites & Casino unveils $5 Million Renovation of Guest Rooms
Tuscany Suites & Casino recently unveiled an interior refresh to its guest rooms across its 716 suites as part of a property-wide renovation. The project, which kicked off in 2015, is now complete, featuring new furniture, carpeting and bathroom vanity. The newly designed rooms feature thoughtful touches that reflect a modern take on the Tuscany region of central Italy, meticulously and personally selected by the property’s owner, Brett Heers. Standout implementations of the refreshed guest rooms include an updated color palette and design, environmentally friendly lighting fixtures, new artwork, functional desk space for business travelers, additional power outlets, and faster in-room WiFi.
Matt Goss Returns to the Las Vegas Strip at The Mirage
Hit entertainer and beloved showman Matt Goss returns to the Las Vegas Strip, headlining an extended engagement at The Mirage. “Matt Goss at The Mirage” is appearing now on select evenings inside 1 OAK Nightclub. Known for his impassioned performances that combine intoxicating vocal sets, big band instrumentals and old-school glamour, British-born singing sensation Goss’ sleek style and unparalleled ability to engage audiences embody the magic of Las Vegas’ classic lounge crooners. A favorite among visitors and locals, Goss’ talents and numerous accolades proclaim him “The New King of Vegas.”
Las Vegas Lights FC to Kick Off Inaugural Season with Three Pre-Season Games
Las Vegas’ newest professional sports team, the United Soccer League (USL)’s Las Vegas Lights FC, will kick off its inaugural season with Soccer Spring Training matches against visiting MLS clubs on Feb. 10 (Montreal Impact), Feb. 17 (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) and Feb. 24 (DC United). The first regular season home match for Las Vegas Lights FC at Cashman Field will double as the birth of an in-state rivalry as the Lights FC will host Reno 1868 FC on Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m.
The Westin Las Vegas Transforms into Non-Gaming, Non-Smoking Property
The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa, located just steps from the Las Vegas Strip, has completed major renovations, transforming into the city’s newest non-gaming, non-smoking option, perfect for corporate travelers and leisure guests. Under the management of Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the casino floor has been removed to make way for Jake & Eli, a vibrant culinary experience and lobby bar concept, as well as new and upgraded meeting spaces. The Westin Las Vegas has added four new meeting rooms, located off the lobby, increasing its capacity by 20 percent. These flexible spaces are complete with custom catering options including a private buffet, signature menus from Jake & Eli, and a dedicated pre-function space, making this area the ideal spot for large and small business or social groups.
Chef Roy Choi Hits Up Las Vegas with New Restaurant at Park MGM
Los Angeles culinary legend Roy Choi will electrify the Las Vegas dining scene in the fall of 2018 with the debut of a Koreatown-inspired concept. Choi’s multifaceted, multisensory experience will be a dynamic destination within the transformation of Monte Carlo into Park MGM. The soon-to-be-named restaurant will be a celebration of L.A.’s Koreatown district featuring immersive spaces that feel comfortable and familiar, while creating an eclectic environment for people to open their perceptions to the new and extraordinary.
Westgate Resorts announces World’s Largest Free-Standing Sign Gets Digital Upgrade
The world’s largest free-standing outdoor sign has received a major digital upgrade! In partnership with New Tradition, Westgate Resorts has announced the completion of the digital upgrade for its iconic Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino sign, standing 28-stories tall near the corner of Paradise Rd. and Elvis Presley Blvd. The updated sign’s state-of-the-art LED video displays cover a combined 15,000 square feet, with 16mm LED display areas of nearly 5,600,000 pixels that is larger than the Dallas Cowboys’ famous stadium video displays.
Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts Unveils Personalized Virtual Concierge Service
Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas are using technology to enhance the guest experience with Ivy™, a 24-hour virtual concierge service. With additional rollouts to Caesars Palace and The LINQ Hotel & Casino over the summer, Ivy is now live in more than 6,000 rooms within Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts, making Caesars Entertainment the first major gaming company in Las Vegas to offer a widespread guest text messaging program with built-in artificial intelligence. Ivy, created by Go Moment®, is the world’s first automated guest engagement platform for hotels powered by IBM Watson. Caesars Palace and The LINQ Hotel & Casino are the latest Caesars Entertainment resorts to introduce guests to Ivy, which initially launched at the boutique Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace and The Cromwell in December 2016. Ivy is expected to expand to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in February with planned rollouts to the remaining Las Vegas resorts in 2018.
Lolli & Pops Brings Sweet Delight to Sin City with First Nevada Location
Lolli & Pops, a growing mass-premium candy company, will open its first location in Nevada with a brand-new store at Las Vegas’s Fashion Show Las Vegas. Set to debut this month, the new store is the 46th location opened by San Francisco-based Lolli & Pops, which is on schedule to open over 30 more stores across the U.S. by the end of 2018. Each store offers a thoughtfully curated selection of sweets and treats sourced from around the world. Fashion Show guests will be greeted with a dazzling display of colorful French macarons, marzipan fruits and a gummy bear bar with more than 15 flavors to choose from. The 2,200 square-foot store will stock sweets from famed candy producers and local artisans that will change daily. 
Allied Esports Sets March 22 Date for Grand Opening
Allied Esports, the world’s leading network of dedicated esports properties and content production facilities, recently announced the grand opening date of Esports Arena Las Vegas, the Strip’s first dedicated esports arena. The arena will officially open its doors at Luxor Hotel and Casino on Thursday, March 22 with a series of events, including an invitation-only, multi-day, live-streamed tournament. Allied Esports and Esports Arena have partnered with Luxor to transform the former nightclub space into a multi-level arena with a competition stage, LED video wall, telescopic seating, daily gaming stations, and state-of-the-art streaming and television-quality production studios. The arena will provide a ready-to-go championship destination for tournaments, leagues and high-stakes matchups in a setting designed to deliver an unparalleled fan experience. In December, Allied Esports and world-renowned chef Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup announced a partnership to create the first gaming-inspired food and beverage menu at Esports Arena Las Vegas.
Downtown Grand Presents “Bed & Brewski” Featuring Tenaya Creek Brewery
Unexpected partnerships are the best partnerships. The Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino has announced a property-wide partnership with Las Vegas Brewery, Tenaya Creek, to create the city’s first “Bed & Brewski” hotel room package and experience, which will offer private tours of the brewery exclusively to hotel guests. Guests who book this experiential package will be greeted with a 6-pack of their chosen brewski upon check-in, as well as a ticket to privately tour Las Vegas’ own Tenaya Creek Brewery. These first-of-their-kind tours will offer hotel guests an intimate look at one of Las Vegas’ most successful craft breweries.
Wynn Las Vegas Introduces Solar Energy Facility
Wynn Las Vegas will power its multi-use development, Paradise Park, with 100 percent renewable energy sourced from a new 160-acre solar energy facility, making it one of the most environmentally conscious planned developments in Las Vegas. Under the terms of the agreement with Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), Wynn Las Vegas will begin receiving power in the first half of 2018 which will be used to offset up to seventy-five percent of the resort’s current peak power requirements until Paradise Park opens. This is the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas, and an industry first for a gaming operator in Nevada.
The Big Apple Roller Coaster at New York-New York Hotel & Casino Announces New Virtual Reality Experience
Fasten your safety belts and prepare for liftoff! New York-New York Hotel & Casino will take attraction rides to new levels when The Big Apple Coaster Virtual Reality Experience debuts February 7. The first of its kind in Las Vegas, this white-knuckle ride high above The Strip will combine thrill-seekers’ need for speed with advanced, immersive graphics, resulting in a 4D experience that’s out of this world. The first virtual reality ride to incorporate popular current landmarks into its creative visuals, the ride combines real G forces, drops and the high speed of The Big Apple Coaster to create an unforgettable experience.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to debut REVIV IV Wellness Spa
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas recently announced REVIV IV Wellness Spa, leading global wellness provider of signature IV therapies and booster shots, will open on property early Spring 2018. The third Las Vegas location will offer both guests of The Cosmopolitan and locals the opportunity to receive world-class IV wellness therapy to treat a variety of common ailments including dehydration, inflammation, vitamin deficiencies and the after effects of a fun night out in Las Vegas. REVIV will feature signature amenities of the IV wellness lounge including full body massage chairs, private and group treatment areas complete with televisions and iPads, views of the Las Vegas strip, aroma therapy and beverages. Treatments will be available in either a private treatment room onsite or in-room for guests staying at The Cosmopolitan.
The Mob Museum Announces February 14 as Opening Date for First-Floor Renovation
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces February 14, 2018 as the opening date for its major first-floor renovation, which includes a brand-new exhibition space called Organized Crime Today, focusing on the modernization and evolution of organized crime in the present day. Two new experiential spaces include the Use of Force Training Experience and Crime Lab, which join the Museum’s already robust experiential platform, focusing on methods employed by law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute criminals and their organizations. This represents the first phase of the Museum’s largest capital improvement project since opening on February 14, 2012. To celebrate the Museum’s sixth anniversary and the debut of its new experiences, general admission will be FREE for Nevada residents and buy-one, get-one for non-residents from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day.
Wynn Resorts Acquires Smiling King Bear Sculpture
Wynn Resorts adds a new level of modern vigor to its world-class art collection with the acquisition of Smiling King Bear, a pop-surreal sculpture created by the famed Spanish contemporary artist Okuda San Miguel. At a towering 16-feet tall and executed in the artist’s signature prismatic style, the sculpture is a multicolored geometric masterpiece featuring a whimsical bear with a spiked crown, holding an equally imposing smiling ball. The sculpture was installed at Wynn Las Vegas during a meticulous multi-day process overseen by the artist, and is now on display in the Wynn Plaza rotunda as part of the resort’s continued appreciation and commitment to public art.
Clint Holmes and Earl Turner Debut New Show Inside Historic Westgate International Theater
Celebrated entertainers Clint Holmes and Earl Turner are taking the stage together to celebrate the ‘soundtrack’ of our lives in SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show. The latest collaboration between these two Las Vegas legends will debut inside the famed Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7 p.m.

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Latest from Vegas – January 2018

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – January 2018.
MGM Resorts Selects ‘Las Vegas Aces’ as New Name for WNBA Franchise
MGM Resorts International recently announced that its WNBA franchise will be called the Las Vegas Aces. Las Vegas’ first major professional basketball team – formerly the San Antonio Stars – will begin play in its new home in the 2018 season. Las Vegas Aces President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Bill Laimbeer was joined by MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle and WNBA President Lisa Borders to reveal the team’s name and logo at a news conference at Mandalay Bay.
Frank Sinatra’s Granddaughter AJ Lambert Launches Monthly Las Vegas Residency
For the first time ever, multi-talented songstress and Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, AJ Lambert will perform in Las Vegas with a monthly residency at The Space beginning Friday, Jan. 12. AJ will rotate between performing two of her grandfather’s albums – the 1955 pioneering concept album “In The Wee Small Hours,” as well as his 1958 album, “Only The Lonely.” In this show, AJ shares her deeply intimate recollections of her grandfather Frank Sinatra, as only she can, while singing the iconic albums in their entirety with a voice all her own. The stripped-down presentation of Nelson Riddle’s classic arrangements (with piano accompaniment by John Boswell) allows for a rare opportunity for intimacy with these incredible pieces of American music. Whether you know the albums by heart or always wanted to know more, this show makes for a very rewarding evening.
LAS RAGEOUS Music Festival Returns to Downtown Las Vegas
After a successful debut in 2017, which drew rock and metal fans from around the world with sellout crowds of 10,000 each day, Las Rageous returns for its second year on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. The two-day music festival created by Live Nation will take over two square blocks, in the heart of iconic downtown Las Vegas at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, and will feature performances from A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Ghost, Judas Priest, and more, on two stages.
Earth, Wind & Fire Launch First Las Vegas Residency
Legendary music group Earth, Wind & Fire announced a very special limited engagement at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian® Las Vegas. The show will be held on May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 12, 2018 at 8 p.m. This will be the band’s debut residency in Las Vegas. The Earth, Wind & Fire live tour legacy is considered groundbreaking with rich history of state-of-the-art production and surprises. The residency will showcase a spectacular stage production like never seen before.
China Lights Festival Coming to Craig Ranch Regional Park
The Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co. Ltd., in cooperation with Zigong City and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce, recently announced that world-class China Lights lantern festival will debut in North Las Vegas as part of a cultural trade mission. From Jan. 19 through Feb. 25, Craig Ranch Regional Park will be illuminated with 40 larger-than-life lantern displays, comprised of more than 1,000 components using state-of-the-art LEDs and animation. The festival will also include cultural demonstrations and displays, traditional Asian and western dining options, and nightly live stage entertainment.  For the inaugural year, Boyd Gaming will be the exclusive gaming sponsor, with opportunities for other local businesses to sponsor the lanterns throughout the exhibit.
Alexxa’s Bar Opens inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
ALEXXA’s, a modern bar with a unique twist, debuted on Dec. 30, 2017 inside Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, bringing a sangria-focused element, global small dishes and live music to The Strip. As the muse of its adjoining restaurant HEXX kitchen + bar, ALEXXA’s bar will boast an upscale design with a sexy vibe. ALEXXA’s bar, connecting to HEXX kitchen + bar, will open to beautiful patio doors directly onto Las Vegas Boulevard. The bar will feature nine sangria options to choose from, including sparkling sangria, cider sangria and seasonal sangrias. A selection of curated cocktails made with fresh juices will also be available at ALEXXA’s bar.
The Mob Museum to Debut The Underground, a Permanent Prohibition History Exhibition Featuring Working Speakeasy and Distillery
The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will reinvent the way guests experience history when it unveils The Underground, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of Prohibition, in April 2018. Guests touring The Underground will learn about Prohibition-era bootlegging and rum running. Entirely re-envisioning the typical museum exhibition experience, The Underground will take visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time: Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground will house a real working distillery and speakeasy. While visiting these vibrant, immersive environments, guests will be compelled to ponder the time when consuming alcohol was not only a criminal act, but also bred secret watering holes that became the most glamorous places to be.
Lady Gaga Announces Two-Year Special Engagement at Park Theater
Six-time GRAMMY Award-winner, Golden Globe Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee superstar entertainer Lady Gaga will bring her one-of-a-kind talent and creativity to the stage at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas beginning in December 2018.  On the heels of a year that included a stunning Super Bowl performance and a wildly celebrated sold-out tour, Lady Gaga’s energy and raw talent will forever change the Las Vegas entertainment landscape. With a show designed specifically for this intimate venue, Lady Gaga will launch a two-year, multi-date love affair with Las Vegas.
Donny & Marie Residency at Flamingo Las Vegas Extended to 2018
Having already spent more than five decades in the entertainment spotlight, the unwavering talent and lasting showmanship of Donny & Marie remains so popular that the multi-talented duo have announced the extension of their critically-acclaimed residency in the Donny & Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas through the end of 2018. With competition in Las Vegas more heated than ever before, Donny & Marie have proven to deliver one of the most dynamic and high-energy shows in Las Vegas.  Since beginning in Sept. 2008, the singing duo has now performed more than 1,300 shows. What began as only a six-week concert engagement ended up being so well received that by popular demand, the residency was extended again and again. With sold-out rooms featuring high-energy performances, their distinctive blend of talents will go on for another year, enabling them to hit a milestone decade on the famed Strip.
Palms Casino Resort Fires up A.Y.C.E. Buffet
Palms Casino Resort, the iconic property now part of the Station Casinos’ family, recently opened A.Y.C.E., the reimagined buffet concept with a distinct approach to culinary offerings and preparations in a swanky environment. A celebration of “All You Can Eat,” A.Y.C.E. Buffet is part of the Palms’ recently announced $485 million renovation plan, which will touch virtually every aspect of the property. Worldly cuisine presented in an innovative, technique-focused fashion will be the signature of A.Y.C.E., which will host guests in an open food hall setting. Wood burning grills, large rotisseries, and smokers offer an interactive chef-driven experience, while communal tables provide for unexpected social engagements.
Inferno, the Fire Spectacular, Brings the Heat to Paris Las Vegas
The heat is on this winter as INFERNO, the fire spectacular that has taken Europe and Asia by storm, lands at Paris Las Vegas. A dazzling display of pyrotechnics, fire stunts and spectacular illusions, INFERNO has been called “a perfect show that surprises over and over again!” Performances begin at the Paris Theater on Jan. 24. Led by critically acclaimed European illusionist Joe Labero and the most exciting fire, pyro and aerial group in the world, The Fuel Girls, INFERNO blends death-defying stunts, jaw-dropping illusions and more fire than you can imagine into a gasoline-soaked spectacular.
Masters of Illusion Celebrates Mystifying Opening
Masterfully weaving a series of grand illusions with mind-blowing sleight-of-hand, and everything in between, Masters of Illusion features engaging performances by magicians Jason Bird, Farrell Dillon, Greg Gleason, Chris Randall, and Tommy Wind. Each with their own extensive career in magic expertly showcased, this team of illusionists has joined forces to create an exciting and hilarious evening of entertainment that’s fun for the whole family. Mixing jaw-dropping magic and side-splitting comedy with fresh artistry and technology, the Las Vegas production of Masters of Illusion is set to bring the hit CW television series of the same namesake to life for audiences nightly.
“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” Announces New Stars
“Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” is entering 2018 with two new headlining stars: Scheana Shay and Chester Lockhart. Shay, an actress, model, and reality television personality will make her Las Vegas stage debut alongside recording artist and MTV star Lockhart on Thursday, Jan. 4 at Paris Las Vegas. Tickets for 2018 performances are now on sale.
Tropicana Las Vegas to Debut Asian-Inspired Restaurant Concept
Tropicana Las Vegas will soon debut an all-new restaurant concept, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen. Set to open early 2018, the new eatery will feature an approachable Asian-inspired menu, offering both lunch and dinner options – bringing a fresh and fun dining experience to the property. From Thailand to Japan, Korea to China, and Vietnam, Red Lotus Asian Kitchen will offer the ‘greatest hits’ of Asian-inspired cuisine and will showcase traditional Asian dishes prepared with a Westernized flair.
Renegades Debuts at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace
The rebels of sports are taking over the Las Vegas Strip with Renegades, a new interactive and totally unique show. Opening Thursday, Jan. 25 inside Cleopatra’s Barge, the intimate 180-seat theater at Caesars Palace, Renegades gives sports fans an up-close and personal experience with three of their favorite sports stars. The starting line-up includes baseball great Jose Canseco and two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon. The Fab Five’s Jimmy King will appear during the first eight shows, with six-time NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens taking over starting Thursday, Feb. 8. The shows will be hosted by comedian Martin Montana, and its roster will rotate athletes every three months.
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Luxor Extensive Room Remodel

Luxor Enhances Guest Room Experience with Luxor Extensive Room Remodel Scheduled for Completion in Q1 2018

Luxor Hotel and Casino recently unveiled its newly remodeled rooms as the hotel continues the redesign of more than 1,700 hotel rooms in its East and West towers. The remodel began in early November and will continue to roll out through Q1 2018.

Luxor Tower BathroomEnvisioned by MGM Resorts International Design, the remodeled rooms are inspired by the unique geometric form for which the Luxor is well-known and feature a crisp, natural color palette and modern, efficient design. Dominant colors within the space, including hazy amethyst, deep smoky green, charcoal and fawn, are drawn from the beauty of the desert.

Several thoughtful design features streamline the guest room experience at Luxor. Multi-functional furnishings offer a spacious floorplan, maximizing living space and functionality without sacrificing comfort. One piece, which combines a wardrobe, storage space, work desk and media center, creates an efficient footprint within the room by streamlining guest needs into a single centerpiece.

Lending a distinctly residential feel, enhanced lighting creates an even illumination throughout the guest rooms. Multiple power outlets have been added to the bedside, as well as workspace lighting bases to accommodate the ever-growing needs of high-tech travelers. Additionally, bathrooms have been updated with new chrome fixtures and a fresh, natural color palette that expresses the same modern sensibility.

Luxor Tower King RoomComplementing the clean, calm guest room design, guest room corridors have been reimagined to provide a more dramatic arrival experience featuring bold Mojave desert-inspired artwork.
Distinctive light fixtures cast geometric patterns on the ceiling and floor, paying homage to Luxor’s unique design.

One of the most iconic hotels on The Strip, the Luxor pyramid invites curiosity while its interior rewards visitors with equal parts excitement, mystery and intrigue. This 4,405-room resort features a wide variety of entertainment including the newly reimagined Blue Man Group, Criss Angel’s MINDFREAK LIVE, the provocative adult revue FANTASY and the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top. Luxor provides an unparalleled travel destination with world-class exhibits including BODIES…The Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, a spa and salon, a wedding chapel, an inviting pool complex and delectable restaurants. Luxor also is connected to Mandalay Bay through The Shoppes at Mandalay Place – a collection of boutiques and restaurants.

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Latest from Vegas – December 2017

What’s happening in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas. Latest from Vegas – December 2017.

LVCVA Board Approves tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas to Create Iconic Design for Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion

On Nov. 14, in a historic decision, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors approved a recommendation to retain tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas to provide design services for the Las Vegas Convention Center District Phase Two Expansion project. The decision is a tremendous milestone for a project that will secure Las Vegas as the world’s premier business destination for decades to come. The recommendation of tvsdesign / Design Las Vegas is specific to Phase Two’s $860 million, 1.4 million-square-foot expansion project, which will include at least 600,000 square feet of new, leasable exhibit space.

Luxor Unveils Extensive Room Remodel Scheduled for Completion in Q1 2018

Luxor Hotel and Casino recently unveiled its newly remodeled rooms as the hotel continues the redesign of more than 1,700 hotel rooms in its East and West towers. The remodel began in early November and will continue to roll out through Q1 2018. Envisioned by MGM Resorts International Design, the remodeled rooms are inspired by the unique geometric form for which the Luxor is well-known and feature a crisp, natural color palette and modern, efficient design. Dominant colors within the space, including hazy amethyst, deep smoky green, charcoal and fawn, are drawn from the beauty of the desert.

Caesars Entertainment Introduces Fly LINQ at the LINQ Promenade

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, owner of The LINQ Promenade, announced the intended addition of Fly LINQ, expected to be the first and only zipline on the Las Vegas Strip. Developed by the team behind the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, the approximately $20 million Fly LINQ features 10 side-by-side zip lines, capable of simultaneously launching all riders. The experience will be constructed on The LINQ Promenade, the open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district situated at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of next year.

AAA and Keolis Launch Nation’s First Public Self-Driving Shuttle in Downtown Las Vegas

AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah (AAA) is sponsoring the nation’s first self-driving shuttle pilot project geared specifically for the public. Over the course of a year, the self-driving shuttle aims at providing a quarter-million residents and visitors of Las Vegas with first-hand experience using autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, exposing most riders to the technology for the first time. This pilot builds on Keolis’ limited shuttle launch in downtown Las Vegas in early 2017; the November launch will be the first self-driving vehicle to be fully integrated with a city’s traffic infrastructure. AAA partnered with the city of Las Vegas, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and Keolis North America (Keolis), which will operate and maintain the NAVYA Arma fully electric shuttle.

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Celebrates 10 Years on the Las Vegas Strip with All New Rooms

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has completed a $100 million room renovation, pairing dynamic entertainment and dining offerings with 2,496 contemporary new guest rooms and suites. The renovation comes as the resort celebrates 10 years at the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The resort is the first in Caesars Entertainment’s Las Vegas portfolio to have all guest rooms completely renovated as part of a 23,000 Las Vegas hotel room renovation program that will be more than 50% complete by the end of 2017.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Debuts All-New Cocktail Experience, Troy Liquor Bar

Golden Nugget Las Vegas antes up its nightlife experience with an all-new venue, Troy Liquor Bar. Debuting in late November the nightclub and bar allows guests to take a walk on the wild side with its combination of New York City sophistication and Las Vegas glamour. Imported from Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District, Troy Liquor Bar becomes the latest downtown hotspot for partygoers to revel in the high-energy of the Fremont Street Experience from the iconic Golden Nugget Las Vegas.

National Finals Rodeo Returns to Las Vegas

Thousands of rodeo fans will descend on Las Vegas Dec. 7-16 for the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) at the Thomas & Mack Center. The ten action-packed days will take over the destination with a variety of activities and specials. NFR is ProRodeo’s richest and most prestigious rodeo, showcasing the very best cowboys, barrel racers and livestock in the world. Las Vegas will be alight with festivities such as the 31st Annual Downtown Hoedown at the Fremont Street Experience and the Cowboy Christmas Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Cowboy Christmas is a shopper’s paradise, attracting more than 400 exhibitors from the U.S. and Canada, selling everything from western wear to original art, to official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise. Free to the public, Cowboy Christmas also has a variety of interactive features including the 1,000-seat Wrangler Rodeo Arena, and events like Colt Starting Challenge USA and the Wrangler NFR Flag Girl Competition.

Rosina, an Intimate Cocktail Retreat, to Debut at The Palazzo

Rosina, an elegant and luxurious cocktail retreat at The Palazzo® Las Vegas, will debut this December further solidifying The Venetian and The Palazzo as the luminary of cocktail culture on the Las Vegas Strip. Rosina is the first of three new cocktail bars planned for the resort. From renowned hospitality veterans Sam Ross and David Rabin – the team responsible for The Venetian’s award winning lounge, The Dorsey – Rosina celebrates the classic cocktail, boasting a menu of beloved originals, crafted in the highest quality, and served in an environment that embodies defiant glamour.

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Debuts Private Event Space

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island Las Vegas, an immersive experience that brings fans of all ages into the Marvel cinematic universe of The Avengers, is taking special events to new heights with the debut of their new private event space. Whether for birthdays, holiday parties, or team building, the new event space is the ideal spot for any comic fan to host their next event. Boasting a view that overlooks the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the 1,900 square foot space is a completely customizable room that can accommodate from 10 to 175 guests. Custom catering packages are available through the exhibit’s restaurant partners or guests can supply their own super-sized bites and sips.

“The Cocktail Cabaret” Opens at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace

“The Cocktail Cabaret” at the famed Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace debuted Nov. 30 and is an upbeat, stylish, intimate live musical cabaret, reminiscent of vintage Vegas, designed to enhance the cocktail hour experience as a prelude to dinner, the theatre, special event or a fun night on the town. The 70-minute musical revue with seating for 140 features a combo of live original music and well-known stylized and re-imagined modern standards. Features four Broadway-caliber powerhouse singers, many with numerous Broadway credits, and a four-piece band led by renowned pianist Philip Fortenberry, who perform a wide array of hits, such as “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “That’s Life,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a cocktail medley, and a tribute to the blues.

Impressionist Gordie Brown Debuts at Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel

Master impressionist and longtime Las Vegas entertainer Gordie Brown recently made his hilarious, headlining debut at Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas. Known for his eccentric impressions of some of the biggest celebrities in the world today, Brown’s hit show Gordie Brown debuted inside the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas on Nov. 29. Gordie Brown will perform five days a week, with Tuesdays and Fridays dark.

Purple Reign Kicks off New Residency at Tropicana Las Vegas

In November, Purple Reign, the world’s No. 1 Prince tribute starring Jason Tenner, celebrated its new Las Vegas residency at Tropicana Las Vegas. The award-winning Prince tribute show has brought its high-energy musical performance to the Tropicana Theater.

Las Vegas Bowl Returns to Sam Boyd Stadium

The 26th edition of the Las Vegas Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 16 at 12:30 p.m. Sam Boyd Stadium will again serve as the venue for the Las Vegas Bowl, which will also will also feature a variety of bowl week events, including the Fremont Street Experience Pep Rally and team visits to the High Roller at The LINQ Promenade.

Pitbull Returns in 2018 to Headlining Las Vegas Engagement

Following the tremendous success of his show over the past three years, international music sensation Pitbull will return to The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in 2018 for 13 performances of his hit show, “Time of Our Lives.”

America’s Party: Las Vegas New Year

New Year’s Eve festivities will include both the themed fireworks extravaganza on the Las Vegas Strip and the live concerts and fireworks at the Fremont Street Experience. As a culmination to a full year of planning, Fireworks by Grucci will coordinate a pyrotechnic display from the seven locations along the Las Vegas Strip.

X ROCKS Premieres at Bally’s Las Vegas

X ROCKS, the hard-hitting, seductive topless revue from the creators of X Burlesque, recently made its head-banging premiere in The Back Room at Bally’s Las Vegas. Set to intense, heart-pounding rock songs from artists including Slash & the Conspirators, Metallica, The Beatles, Awolnation, Alice in Chains, Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath and more, the high-voltage show combines sensual dance routines and pulsating rock hits.

The Voice: Neon Dreams to Debut at Hard Rock Hotel

Just announced by Carson Daily on NBC’s The Voice, a brand new show is coming to the Hard Rock Hotel in June 2018. The Voice: Neon Dreams is the live concert event that is the next step in the musical journey of the multi-talented artists of The Voice, combined with an interactive pre-show experience that allows you to begin your very own Voice journey. In this 360-degree live production, a dream cast of Voice stars, accompanied by some of the most versatile musicians on the planet, will deliver a wide-ranging performance through timeless hits and current chart toppers from the world of rock, pop, country, R&B and more.

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The Ice Rink at Cosmopolitan

Each holiday season, the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan transforms into a winter wonderland high above The Las Vegas Strip. At The Ice Rink at Cosmopolitan, you can skate across 4,200 square feet of real ice, roast s’mores by the fire, and indulge in seasonal food and beverage offerings.

Lose yourself in a magical, park-like atmosphere surrounded by the glittering lights of Las Vegas while enjoying light snowfall throughout the evening.

Cosmopolitan Ice Rink


NOV. 20 – DEC. 21

  • Mon – Fri | 3PM – Midnight
  • Sat – Sun | Noon – Midnight

DEC. 22 – JAN. 10

  • Daily | Noon – Midnight


Light snow showers happen every 30 minutes during select times throughout the season.


Ice skating admission includes all-day skating access and skate rentals. There is no cost to enter Boulevard Pool and enjoy the Ice Rink area.

  • $20 | daily
  • $10 | local ID or hotel guests | Tues – Thurs
  • Skate aid | 60-minute rental | $10

The Ice Rink is open to those ages 2 and up. All skaters must sign a skating waiver. Children under 18 must have a guardian or parent over 18 sign the waiver on their behalf.


Every Monday evening, enjoy a date night on ice as beloved holiday movies play back-to-back on our 65-foot digital marquee. Share a hot cider and roast s‘mores beside the fire for a holiday experience that truly takes away the winter chill. Films start at 6PM and 9PM.

  • Nov. 20: Almost Christmas | National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Nov. 27: Home Alone | Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Dec. 4: Four Christmases | A Christmas Story
  • Dec. 11: The Muppet Christmas Carol | Elf
  • Dec. 18: The Santa Clause | The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • Dec. 25: Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse | Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas 
  • Jan. 1: Frozen | The Polar Express




Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of The Cosmopolitan’s 36-foot-tall Christmas tree, hosted by Olympic figure-skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi.


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6 | 6:30 – 7:30PM

Revel in the holiday spirit as The Cosmopolitan and Vegas Golden Knights host a special meet-and-greet with pro hockey players, the Golden Knights’ mascot Chance, and the Knights Crew. Players and times subject to change.


FRIDAY, DEC. 15 | 7 – 10PM

Experience a high-energy club set by resident DJ Vice while giving back through TAO Group Cares’ Holiday Drive, benefiting the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. Enjoy complimentary skating when you make a donation from NPHY’s Holiday Wish List. Guests who donate will also receive complimentary entry to Marquee Nightclub that evening for the official Vice on Ice after party. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

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Excalibur Hotel & Casino To Launch “Ultimate 4-D Experience” Attraction

All-new Cinematic Attraction Places Guests in the Middle of the Action to Create the Ultimate Multi-sensory Experience Featuring Blockbuster Film Content

Excalibur Hotel & Casino is adding the much-anticipated Ultimate 4-D Experience® to its Fun Dungeon entertainment portfolio. The special effects theater is created by SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment, the market leader in cinematic attractions specializing in 4-D Theaters, brings Las Vegas a quality, family-friendly experience featuring exclusive, blockbuster content that fully immerses and entertains guests.
The Ultimate 4-D Experience®, will open with three fan favorite film shows, created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. The initial lineup will include San Andreas 4-D Experience®, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The 4-D Experience® and  The LEGO® Movie™ 4-D Experience®, a custom-made animated film that takes place in the world of The LEGO® Movie™.
4D Experience Film Poster
The 72-seat Ultimate 4-D Experience® theater was developed to showcase a mix of popular, high-action brands from the world’s top studios appealing to all ages.  Each blockbuster 4-D Experience® is approximately 15 minutes in length and is presented in 3-D high definition projection, producing a stunning visual experience.  The immersive nature of the attraction is heightened by incorporating the latest technologies such as in-theater and in-seat effects to create the optimum cinematic experience putting guests right in the middle of the action.
 “At Excalibur, we strive to keep our amenities fresh and fun for our guests,” said Sheri Cherubino, CFO of Excalibur Hotel & Casino. “We are excited to expand our Fun Dungeon experience to include the Ultimate 4-D Experience®. It’s a great fit and will appeal to both families and adults.”

The Ultimate 4-D Experience® will be open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Shows will run every twenty minutes, with each experience playing once an hour. Guests can see one show for $9.99, two shows for $12.99 or three shows for $14.99. Tickets are available at the Excalibur Box Office and at the theater.  The Ultimate 4-D Experience® is located in the Excalibur’s popular Fun Dungeon and features a dynamic theme park quality queue experience complete with cinematic lighting and music to build excitement for each film.

About the Films:
•  San Andreas 4-D Experience®:  A heart-racing, non-stop adventure that follows a rescue-chopper pilot on a dangerous journey to rescue his daughter after a massive earthquake in California.
•  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The 4-D Experience®:  The show features an all-star cast in a one-of-a-kind adventure through an elusive island.
•  The LEGO® Movie™ 4-D Experience®:  Set after the events of the blockbuster movie, Emmet and his Master Builder friends find themselves entangled in an Evil Secret Plot led by scheming villain named Risky Business.
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Matt Goss Returns to Vegas at Mirage

 Hit entertainer and beloved showman Matt Goss will return to the Las Vegas Strip, headlining an extended engagement at The Mirage. “Matt Goss at The Mirage” is scheduled to debut inside 1 OAK Nightclub Saturday, Dec. 2 and will be the first of its kind in the venue.
Matt GossKnown for his impassioned performances that combine intoxicating vocal sets, big band instrumentals and old-school glamour, British-born singing sensation Goss’ sleek style and unparalleled ability to engage audiences embody the magic of Las Vegas’ classic lounge crooners. A favorite among visitors and locals, Goss’ talents have drawn comparison to the Rat Pack, and numerous accolades proclaim him “The New King of Vegas.”
Goss will bring his celebrated act – including multi-piece band, sultry backup singers and Dirty Virgins dance troupe – to a scintillating new live-music experience at The Mirage.
“Since I was 17, I’ve been singing professionally and entertaining audiences all over the world. And after all my incredible career highs, I can honestly say I have never felt more proud and excited to start my show, ‘Matt Goss at The Mirage.’”
Franz Kallao, general manager of The Mirage, said, “From his pure vocal talent to magnetic stage presence, Matt Goss is one of a kind. We couldn’t be more excited to announce our partnership. His new residency will add something truly special to the guest experience at The Mirage and fans will love experiencing his show in this intimate venue.” 

Goss returns to Las Vegas after a recent engagement at the legendary O2 Arena in London, which sold out in a record-breaking seven seconds.
The singer-songwriter got his start in entertainment in 1988 as lead singer of the band BROS alongside his twin brother. He quickly became the youngest artist to sell out the world-famous Wembley Stadium, played a record 19 consecutive nights at Wembley Arena and performed twice for Her Majesty the Queen. His debut album went platinum seven times, earned 13 Top Five hits and remained on the UK chart for an astonishing 84 weeks. Goss has sold more than 17 million records worldwide and achieved No. 1 records in over 22 countries. He has taken the stage at world-class venues such as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Royal Albert Hall and The London Palladium.
Over the past several years, Goss has earned a devoted following under the bright lights of Las Vegas and has championed the city’s reputation as an entertainment destination through his music, penning the hit song “Lovely Las Vegas.”

Check out our Matt Goss Ticket Deals.

Courtesy: Mirage Las Vegas

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Latest from Vegas – November 2017

The latest happenings in America’s entertainment capital, Las Vegas:

WNBA Announces Relocation of San Antonio Stars to Las Vegas

The WNBA and NBA Board of Governors have unanimously approved the relocation of the San Antonio Stars to Las Vegas. MGM Resorts International will own and operate the team, which will begin play in Las Vegas in the 2018 season. The team’s home arena will be the Mandalay Bay Events Center, one of the city’s premier entertainment venues, having hosted major concert and sports events since opening in 1999.

Caesars Palace Completes $100 Million Palace Tower Renovation

The iconic Caesars Palace Las Vegas has completed the renovation of its Palace Tower, the resort’s largest tower, featuring 1,181 stylishly designed guest rooms and suites and a price tag topping $100 million. Considered the crown jewel of the tower, the coveted 29th floor features ten luxurious new villas featuring exquisite finishes, bespoke furnishings and a curated art program. On the 29th floor, luxury abounds with ten spacious villas ranging in size from 2,750 square feet to 4,085 square feet. Like the grand villas in the Octavius, Forum and Augustus towers, the new Palace Tower villas feature the finest design details including refined flooring, intricate finishes and wall coverings imported from around the globe.

Matt Goss Returns to Las Vegas with New Multi-Year Residency

Hit entertainer and beloved showman Matt Goss will return to the Las Vegas Strip, headlining an extended engagement at The Mirage. “Matt Goss at The Mirage” is scheduled to debut inside 1 OAK Nightclub Saturday, Dec. 2 and will be the first of its kind in the venue. Known for his impassioned performances that combine intoxicating vocal sets, big band instrumentals and old-school glamour, British-born singing sensation Goss’ sleek style and unparalleled ability to engage audiences embody the magic of Las Vegas’ classic lounge crooners. A favorite among visitors and locals, Goss’ talents have drawn comparison to the Rat Pack, and numerous accolades proclaim him “The New King of Vegas.” Goss will bring his celebrated act – including multi-piece band, sultry backup singers and Dirty Virgins dance troupe – to a scintillating new live-music experience at The Mirage.

Giada De Laurentiis to Open Second Restaurant—Pronto by Giada—at Caesars Palace

Celebrated chef, author and television personality, Giada De Laurentiis, is anticipated to open her second restaurant, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace in early 2018. Taking a page from her highly-successful, GIADA, at The Cromwell also in Las Vegas, Pronto, will offer guests De Laurentiis’ signature Italian fare with California influences but in a fast, casual format. Pronto will be an open, light space encouraging guests from all areas of Caesars Palace to place an order, take a seat and enjoy the scenery.

Master Magician Dirk Arthur Returns to Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

Westgate Resorts announced the return of one of Las Vegas’ most popular magicians, Dirk Arthur, and his renowned show, Dirk Arthur Wild Magic. Scheduled to open at the Westgate Cabaret inside Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on Wednesday, Nov. 15, Dirk will bring a new version of his show that features breathtaking illusions and magic with comedy, sleight of hand and rare, exotic cats. Dirk Arthur Wild Magic is not only suitable for families, but great for adults too, as you’ll witness sophisticated, unique magic and illusions that can only be seen at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The show will feature audience participation, hilarious magic with a live white duck named “Aflack,” a bobcat and a rare snow leopard. Dirk’s known for his work with animals and guests will even get a peek into his world of conservation and raising awareness on the humane care and preservation of wildlife.

Excalibur Hotel & Casino to Launch Ultimate 4-D Experience® Attraction

Excalibur Hotel & Casino is adding the much-anticipated Ultimate 4-D Experience® to its Fun Dungeon entertainment portfolio on Nov. 2. The special effects theater is created by SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment, the market leader in cinematic attractions specializing in 4-D Theaters, and brings Las Vegas a quality, family-friendly experience featuring exclusive, blockbuster content that fully immerses and entertains guests. The 72-seat Ultimate 4-D Experience® theater was developed to showcase a mix of popular, high-action brands from the world’s top studios appealing to all ages. Each blockbuster 4-D Experience® is approximately 15 minutes in length and is presented in 3-D high definition projection, producing a stunning visual experience. The immersive nature of the attraction is heightened by incorporating the latest technologies such as in-theater and in-seat effects to create the optimum cinematic experience putting guests right in the middle of the action.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Brings Back The Ice Rink

For the sixth consecutive year, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes the return of The Ice Rink as Boulevard Pool transforms into a winter wonderland high above the Las Vegas Strip open to the public Monday, Nov. 20. Overlooking the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard, visitors will enjoy roof-top ice skating on more than 4,200 square feet of real ice, roasting s’mores by the fire, light snow showers, adult renditions of seasonal culinary classics and breathtaking views surrounded by vibrant city lights. This year, The Cosmopolitan is thrilled to add a Christmas tree and first-ever tree lighting ceremony hosted by Olympian figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi on Monday, Dec. 4.

JW Marriott Completes Two New Meetings and Special Events Venues

A transformation has taken place for meetings and events throughout Las Vegas and beyond, as JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa unveils two unique and modern spaces – Palms Executive Conference Center and Cascade. As the resort continues to invest millions of dollars in renovations, this spotlight on event space falls in line with an overall Marriott initiative that puts a focus on creative and imaginative meetings. The Palms Executive Conference Center delivers more than 15,000 square feet of customizable indoor/outdoor and pre-function space with natural light, including the Parian Room which can accommodate 50-200 guests, and nine breakout rooms to house 10-100 guests. Just off the casino floor, Cascade boasts more than 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space with an open floorplan and modern design. Since opening this summer, the room has hosted special events, weddings, including the trendy wedding brunch, and business seminars.

Las Vegas Monorail Partners with Lyft for New Transportation Package

The Las Vegas Monorail Company announced a new partnership with rideshare provider Lyft to allow easy and economical transport from the Strip to other destinations around the Las Vegas valley. With the Lyft partnership, anyone who purchases a full-price, unlimited-ride pass on the Monorail will receive $5 off Lyft rides issued through a special code. Purchase is available online The Monorail/Lyft partnership allows visitors to enjoy unlimited access to all seven stations along the Monorail’s 3.9-mile route.

Maverick Helicopters and Cirque du Soleil® Launch One-of-a-Kind Package

Award-winning helicopter operator, Maverick Helicopters, has partnered with leading global entertainment company, Cirque du Soleil®, to launch a one-of-a-kind show and Vegas Nights flight package. The bundle will offer two show options, KÀ™ by Cirque du Soleil or The Beatles™ LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil, and a spectacular Las Vegas Strip helicopter flight showcasing the entertainment capital of the world from a birds-eye-view.

Blo Blow Dry Bar Offers New Bridal Services

Las Vegas is the wedding capital of the world and Blo Blow Dry Bar is every bride-to-be’s best friend. The blow dry bar offers wedding belles signature Blo Bridal services in-bar, as well as on-location through Blo On The Go services, to produce expertly styled locks and stunning make-up for the entire entourage. Blo Bridal services start with a personalized consultation and testing of the tresses prior to the big day. On the wedding day, brides can expect extra TLC and extended appointment times to ensure picture perfect hair and make-up, to go along with that swooning groom.

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Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Each season, the enormously talented horticulturalists and designers who make up the Bellagio Conservatory team transform this 14,000-square-foot floral playground into a showcase of the distinctive sights and colors of spring, summer, fall and winter—along with a special display for Chinese New Year. When the seasons turn and the displays rotate, 90 percent of the trees, flowers and plants in the conservatory are recycled, to further celebrate our commitment to the earth.

Bellagio Conservatory Spring 2014 Greenhouse

Among the thousands of flowers including tulips, daffodils and lilies, guests will encounter a 45-foot-tall Cherry Blossom tree with a wooden stage nestled in the branches for nightly musical performances. Visitors are invited to stroll through the winding pathway of the oversized tree where koi fish below can be viewed up close on two monitors with live underwater feeds. Forty oversized raindrops sprinkle spring showers throughout the Bellagio Conservatory garden overhead.

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Guests will be entranced by the sight of more than 800 live butterflies fluttering inside the 36-foot-long greenhouse located in the East Garden. The butterfly species on display originate from around the world including Costa Rica, the Philippines and Kenya. The perimeter of the greenhouse is adorned with an assortment of yellow, pink and white flowers filling out this lush garden.

The North Garden boasts an explosion of color as five aluminum watering cans stream into a pond below as 14-foot-tall multicolored tulips and 22-foot-tall yellow daffodils bloom nearby. Fresh flowers complement the oversized flora creating a storybook setting. Two floral ladybugs embellished in red carnations rest throughout the Garden and 50 butterflies, made from organic materials including green crushed Manzanita leaves, orange carrot flakes, lentils, radishes and rice, flutter overhead.

Flowers in the South Garden peer up at a 22-foot-tall neon green gardening shovel and oversized hand-painted flower pots. Two caterpillars wiggle around a performance stage, the second in the Conservatory, through rows of shrubs including gardenias, hibiscus and bougainvillea. Eight-foot long caterpillars, covered in colored moss and hand-painted faces, greet guests visiting this Garden.

The displays within Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are complimentary to the public and open daily, 24 hours a day (seasonal).

Bellagio Conservatory Spring 2014 Watering Cans

Bellagio Conservatory Spring 2014 Oversized Shovel

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Experience Las Vegas – Entertainment Capital of The World – Las Vegas Insider

Las Vegas Insider brings you a variety of information on Las Vegas Nevada, from the latest on headliners and new restaurants to detailed descriptions of Las Vegas hotels, our aim is to bring you the best of Vegas. Las Vegas is constantly evolving in an effort to remain the entertainment capital of the world. From new hotels and resorts, renovations, special promotions, events and new attractions and shows, there is always something changing. Las Vegas Insider brings you updates on happenings on and around The Las Vegas Strip with our insight and perspective.

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Las Vegas. What do you think of when you hear these words? For some these words conjure up images of gaming, drinking, dancing and other naughty things. It’s true, Las Vegas has all those things but it’s also an amazing, unique place that offers a whole host of experiences that will blow your mind without blowing your budget.

Take for example the Las Vegas hotels. Where else in the world can you stay in an Egyptian pyramid, a mid-century castle, a high-end luxury hotel or even Paris or New York? Each hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is an architectural wonder that is sure to amaze you as you walk through it and discovers its unique hidden features.

Experience the majestic fountains, beautiful flower garden and the awe inspiring glass flowers that adorn the ceiling in the lobby at the Bellagio. Relax and enjoy a gondola ride on the canals at the Venetian. Get up close and personal with an erupting volcano at The Mirage or experience the sights and sounds of Manhattan at New York-New York.

When you’re done marvelling at the hotels, overload your senses even further by experiencing one of the many marvellous Las Vegas shows. The Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the world’s most artistic, colorful and magical performances. There’s sure to be a show that will satisfy both young and old.

Experience the breathtaking pageantry and death-defying stunts of the eight unique Cirque du Soleil productions. In the mood for music from the King of Pop? Check out the Strip’s newest Cirque show, Michael Jackson ONE, at Mandalay Bay. Is martial arts more your thing? Get a ticket to KA at the MGM Grand. Or if jaw-dropping stunts performed over water are what you crave, be sure to experience “O” at the Bellagio.

Not in the mood for Cirque, the Las Vegas Strip offers other brilliant entertainment. Laugh out loud at the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top at the Luxor. Be dazzled by the mind-bending magic of Penn & Teller at the RIO. Sing along to your favorite Celine Dion songs at Caesars Place or the Australian Bee Gees at the Excalibur. Or fall in love with Terry Fator and his puppets at The Mirage.

By the time you’ve checked out the Las Vegas hotels and shows, you’ll be running on empty. You’re in luck. Las Vegas is home to a whole host of world-class restaurants. Tantalize your palate with the culinary creations of first-class chefs Gordon Ramsay or Wolfgang Puck. Or if variety at a reasonable price is what you desire, check out one of the Strip’s many amazing buffets.

Before you turn in for the night, take a stroll through one of the shopping malls on the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas has a shopping experience to satisfy everyone’s fashion sense and budget. Experience the fashion-forward, high-end stores in the malls at Caesars Palace, the Venetian and the Palazzo. Check out your favorite brand-name store at Planet Hollywood or the Fashion Show Mall. Or if it’s not too late, hop on the Deuce and head to one of the outlet malls.

Las Vegas has so much to offer, including some great Las Vegas hotel and show deals that will make your vacation even more enjoyable.

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LINQ Las Vegas Bunk Bed Rooms

Twelve Bunk Bed Rooms Available for Booking Now with the introduction of LINQ Bunk Bed Rooms! The first such rooms on the Las Vegas Strip.

Known as the social hub for trendsetters, The LINQ Las Vegas takes its innovative experiences to a new level by offering bunk bed rooms with hip technology and chic décor, making this an unforgettable experience for millennials and modern travellers. This is a first for Las Vegas visitors and offers guests the chance to bunk with four of their Strip sidekicks.

LINQ Las Vegas Bunk Bed Rooms

The LINQ Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is the go-to resort at the center of the Strip for young, hip travelers looking to book their next Vegas getaway. The guest experience at The LINQ Hotel & Casino focuses on technology, convenience and a variety of opportunities to socialize. The twelve bunk bed rooms allow for a large group of friends to crash in the same space and not spend a single moment apart. It’s also an affordable option for travelers looking to live out their Vegas experience, staying at the center of the Strip without breaking the bank.

Available for booking with a starting rate of $69, the rooms are 350 square feet and the sleek room design features two queen pillow-top beds with one twin-size bunk bed loft. Electronic features include USB charging stations and a 47-screen LED flat-screen TV. The room is designed with light, modern furnishings and pops of color. Guests can also rent board games like: Twister, Cards Against Humanity, Simon, Yahtzee and Jenga.

LINQ Las Vegas – First Bunk Bed Rooms on Strip

“The all-new LINQ Las Vegas Hotel & Casino takes its innovated experiences to the next level by providing the first bunk bed rooms on the Strip,” said Bob Morse hospitality president for Caesars Entertainment. “This unique offering is in line with our goal of providing a complete lifestyle experience at the center of the Strip, perfect for group getaways and just in time for summer travel.”

The must-do experiences go beyond the exciting new bunk bed rooms. Guests can cool off and splash around at The Pool at The LINQ Las Vegas, as it debuts O’Sheas Takeover Fridays. Everyone’s favorite Irish-themed pub is set to invade the water oasis weekly, with drink specials and beer pong. The party continues into the weekend with Tropical Saturdays and Champagne Sundays. Take a stroll down The LINQ Promenade for a variety of shopping, dining and retail options, along with the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, for the perfect skyline view of the destination.

Designed with the modern traveler in mind, the resort recently launched the first fully integrated self check-in program on the Las Vegas Strip.

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Park Theater Las Vegas

Rock ‘n’ Roll legend and singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks will be the first artist to perform at the new Park Theater Las Vegas when it opens its doors Saturday, Dec. 17. Nicks is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. The multi-platinum selling artist is the first of many of the world’s premier music talents who will be part of Park Theater’s opening lineup. Additional artists and performance dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Stevie is a legend in the music industry and we are thrilled she will be the first to perform in our new Park Theater,” said Patrick Miller, general manager of Monte Carlo. “This space is unlike any venue in the MGM Resorts portfolio. Guests will be wowed to see their favorite entertainers in such an intimate environment with unbelievable sound and video capabilities. And, no guest should miss having a drink on one of our outdoor terraces overlooking The Park, T-Mobile Arena and the surrounding entertainment district. There is no other location like this in the city.”

Park Theater at Monte Carlo will blend classic contemporary design with cutting-edge technology, resulting in an intimate entertainment space customizable for each artist, event and beyond. Designed to provide each patron with the ultimate experience, the farthest seat from the stage will be only 145 feet, offering unparalleled views from anywhere within the theater. Featuring a first of its kind, 150-foot-wide projection-capable proscenium, 3D motion graphics, 4K LED panels and more, Park Theater will be one of the most technologically advanced venues in the world.

Tickets ranging from $95 to $300, not including applicable services charges, go on sale to the general public Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. PST.

As part of her recently announced 24 Karat Gold Tour, Nicks’ date at Park Theater will offer fans an intimate evening with the celebrated artist showcasing her extensive musical catalog in a very personal way. Nicks has enjoyed a wildly successful career with Fleetwood Mac as well as an extensive solo career, garnering eight GRAMMY Award nominations, six Top 10 albums and selling more than 140 million albums collectively. The release of her latest album 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault chronicles a lifetime of love and unreleased music, threading together her years as an artist and beyond.

Park Theater will serve as the gateway to the already vibrant entertainment district along the renowned Las Vegas Strip, complementing the recently opened T-Mobile Arena, the adjacent two-acre Toshiba Plaza and The Park. This new entertainment venue is the first step in the recently announced reimagination and rebranding of Monte Carlo. The transformation, taking place over the next two years, will include two distinct hotel experiences – a Las Vegas version of the Sydell Group’s famed NoMad Hotel and the launch of a new luxury hotel named Park MGM. Each hotel will feature fully redesigned hotel guest rooms and innovative food & beverage offerings, highlighted by Eataly, a vibrant Italian marketplace with cafes, to-go counters and full-service restaurants interspersed with high-quality products from sustainable Italian and local producers.