Last year Penn National Gaming (PNG) sold the land underneath the Tropicana to Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI). The company had been contemplating a sale of the entire property since buying Barstool Sports earlier in the year. The company has been spending much of its time transitioning from being just a casino operator to an online sports betting company with land-based casinos around the country.
Resorts World Las Vegas continues to come together. The casino-resort on the north end of the Vegas Strip is still on schedule to open this summer. In the meantime, the company keeps releasing new information about the property. The last batch of news about Resorts World is two bars and lounges. Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge is a brand new concept. Wally’s Wine may be a brand familiar to some visitors familiar with locations in California. As you’d imagine the Las Vegas location will be a bit different.
One of the signs that Las Vegas is returning to the city it was in 2019 is the return of large gatherings. Las Vegas is traditionally home to many conferences, conventions, and a variety of events. While a car auction isn’t huge like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Barrett-Jackson auction is a mainstay for auto enthusiasts from around the country. After skipping a year at Mandalay Bay, Barrett-Jackson is returning to Las Vegas. This year, the auction is on the move just off the Vegas Strip.
The annual Forbes Travel Guide gives props to a total of 44 businesses in Las Vegas. As usual, the vast majority of the hotels, restaurants, and spas receiving recommendations and stars are located on the Vegas Strip.
Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is open for business! The 60,000-square-foot casino and hotel are mostly open to the public. The newest casino in Las Vegas was built using the foundation of the former Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The pool and entertainment venue formerly known as The Joint will open soon. The sportsbook is open for watching games but won’t be taking wagers until early summer.
Harrah’s is the first casino in Las Vegas (and the entire state of Nevada) to install Roll To Win Craps from Aruze. This is the ninth Caesars casino in the US to install Roll To Win craps. This hybrid craps table game allows players to shoot live dice across a large LED playing field and place all their bets electronically.
Las Vegas continues to open up after dealing with the coronavirus pandemic for a year. Capacity in casinos is now up to 50%. Restaurants and bars can now seat up to 50% of the listed capacity. While there’s a limit to how many people can attend large gatherings, venues may submit plans to offer seats for up to 50% capacity. More shows are opening and the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing fans to attend games. Even dayclubs and nightclubs are opening for warmer days and more fun nights. Most importantly, more casinos are reopening operations all day, every day.
The seasons are changing and so is the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens display. The new arrangement is called “Springtime Celebrations Around the World.” While the Lunar New Year display focused on Asian culture, these floral creations represent springtime celebrations in The Netherlands, England, Thailand, and the United States.
This presentation at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has plenty of blooming spring flowers, cherry blossom trees, hummingbirds, and butterflies throughout the Conservatory. This is all meant to represent growth, resilience, and the dawning of a new season. That’s right, Spring is here!
Designer Ed Libby and Bellagio’s horticulture team designed “Springtime Celebrations Around the World.” The new display brings spring traditions from different cultures to life right here in Las Vegas.
“As we leave the dreary winter months behind, we spring forward with our beautiful new Conservatory exhibit, celebrating renewal and growth,” said Libby. “Guests will be compelled at every turn by numerous blooming floral displays that reflect how the world celebrates spring.”
Let’s take a virtual walk through “Springtime Celebrations Around the World.”
Entering The Gardens
“Springtime Celebrations Around the World” begins in England. The West Bed inside the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens pays homage to the Chelsea Flower Show. This is a beloved annual spring event in England.
The space is framed by two oversized hummingbirds. The garden bed is full of roses, daffodils, and clovers – the United Kingdom’s national flowers. A large custom-built greenhouse is home to hundreds of live domestic butterflies. Artistic sculptures of butterflies fly overhead.
This symbolizes a new voyage into spring. Also in this area is a boat that floats nearby in a bed of water carrying pink, purple, and blue floral arrangements. Oversized garden lanterns add a little light the scene.
This part of the display features a recreation of the Keukenhof Festival in Holland, Netherlands. This is the centerpiece of this part of the exhibition.
A large windmill turns and symbolizes strength and a promising future for all. Tulips, daffodils, and fragrant hyacinths line the garden alongside large flower sculptures created out of brightly colored preserved roses.
A pair of hand-painted wooden clogs, a Netherlands staple, branded with the iconic Bellagio “B” highlight the rest of this section.
“Springtime Celebrations Around the World” continues into the United States. The East Bed is similar to the Cherry Blossom Festival held annually in Washington D.C.
Ten cherry blossom trees with their beautiful white and light pink buds fill this garden. There’s a walkway surrounded by hundreds of blooming roses. This leads guests through an architectural element reminiscent of Washington D.C.’s history.
A stylized replica American flag made of red, white, and blue flowers and white butterfly sculptures represents the stars are above this passage.
On The Way Out
The North Bed pays tribute to Thailand’s Songkran Water Festival. This is a unique celebration where people take to the streets and splash water on each other. This is a way of people purifying themselves for the beginning of the Buddhist New Year.
In this part of the display, Thai umbrellas hang over an opulent temple with a Buddha statue at its center. The water fountain is surrounded by hand-blown blue glass flowers with copper stems and a golden elephant, paying tribute to important elements of Thai culture.
Luxury casinos in Las Vegas usually renovate their hotel rooms every six or seven years. MGM Resorts recently announced that it will renovate the majority of the hotel rooms at Bellagio. The timing lines up perfectly as Bellagio rooms were renovated in 2015. Add six years to that date and you’re in 2021.
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