Las Vegas gets busier every day. The warmer weather is giving regional visitors another excuse to drive into town for a few days of fun. COVID-19 vaccinations encourage guests from around the country to fly once again. It’s almost as if the global pandemic is coming to an end.
Las Vegas is noticeably busier than any time in more than a year. The streets are full of tourists and the casinos are packed with gamblers. So many restaurants have lines of people waiting. Restaurants and bars are still operating under 50% capacity limits. This should be changing soon.
Harmon Corner is becoming a very busy destination on the Vegas Strip. The property next to Planet Hollywood and across from the Cosmopolitan continues to bring new tenants that are attracting more visitors. This isn’t a casino or a venue with an abundance of unique attractions. Rather Harmon Corner is next to the Miracle Mile Shops and made up of mostly fair-priced restaurants that appeal to a broad audience.
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.
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.
We’ve been covering Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (Virgin) since the project was first announced in 2018. The property was supposed to open in 2020 but delays have pushed it back. Construction at Virgin has been moving forward through the coronavirus pandemic. The company says it will open in Spring 2021. Virgin hasn’t revealed a specific opening date just yet but it appears as though Virgin is targeting April.
One of the biggest casino-resort deals of all time in the US was recently announced. Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to sell its Las Vegas real property and operations. The deal includes The Venetian, The Palazzo, and the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Together, these entities make up “The Venetian.” The real estate and operations of the property added up to an aggregate purchase price of approximately $6.25 billion.
Las Vegas pool season is the real deal. There are experiences for every person, mood, and age. We recently highlighted the Las Vegas dayclubs and pool parties opening for the 2021 pool season. Today we’re going to look at the pools for everyone to enjoy at the different MGM Resorts Las Vegas properties. Altogether there are more than 10 different pool environments at properties that fall under the M Life Rewards loyalty program.
Las Vegas dayclubs and pool parties will be opening around the same time as usual this year despite coronavirus still spreading around the country. The first Las Vegas dayclub and pool parties will be ready for visitors on March 5.
The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas has launched an all-new loyalty program. Much like the new Wynn Rewards program, The Venetian’s Grazie Rewards was designed with every guest in mind. Grazie Rewards provides its loyalty club members with more ways to earn access and benefits than ever before. Grazie Rewards are based on the total amount of money spent throughout the property (including The Palazzo). Spending money at slot machines, table games, hotel, food, and beverage outlets, and retail all go towards earning rewards.
It’s been almost a year since Las Vegas casinos were forced to close. The closures were an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Most properties on the Vegas Strip reopened last June. However, some casinos had to reduce hours or close due to a lack of demand. MGM Resorts will be bringing three Vegas Strip back online for the 24/7 service so many have come to love and expect.
Treasure Island seems to be a forgotten casino on the Vegas Strip. The property was created by Steve Wynn and opened in 1993. Treasure Island isn’t quite old but it isn’t new. Longtime visitors to Las Vegas probably remember Treasure Island for its campy Siren’s Pirate Show that was canceled a few years ago.
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