Friday, March 15, 2013

Coming Attractions: Luxor is Thinking of Huge Outdoor Food Festivals

Coming Attractions: Luxor is Thinking of Huge Outdoor Food Festivals:
Luxor%20Festival%20Grounds%20Songkick.jpgFor anyone thinking of bringing tens of thousands to town for a food festival, Luxor has the place for you. The Luxor Festival Grounds, a generous description for 15.3 acres of open parking lot across Las Vegas Boulevard from the resort, wants to become a more regular host for entertainment. Previous huge outdoor music events such as the 48 Hours Festival and the 2012 Vans Warped Tour have already taken advantage of the acreage.

Parent company Circus Circus Enterprises Inc. is seeking Planning Commission approval to develop the site, which can easily hold between 14,000 and 64,000 people and sees the land hosting "concerts, musical festivals, food festivals, sports events and other outdoor special events."

While most structures will be temporary, new shrubbery, fences, walls and light poles will be added. The grounds will be restricted to a maximum of 16 events per year and each event to a maximum of four days. Currently there are no plans for permanent food or beverage facilities on the property.

· All Coverage of Coming Attractions [~ELV~]

Luxor Festival Grounds [Photo: Songkick]

Monday, February 25, 2013

Las Vegas Sees Highest Convention Attendance in Four Years

Las Vegas Sees Highest Convention Attendance in Four Years:
Las Vegas—where this year's WEC is being held—welcomed a record 39.7 million visitors in 2012, approximately a half-million more visitors than the previous high of 39.2 million set in 2007. The record visitation generated more than US$40 billion in economic impact for the local economy last year.
The 2012 year-end statistics, released by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), point to continued recovery for Las Vegas tourism with increases in all of the key core indicators.
"The record visitation is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our resort partners and every employee who works in the industry," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the LVCVA. "Tourism is the economic leader for Southern Nevada and the entire state, so we are encouraged to see positive signs of continued growth for the industry. With more than $2 billion of reinvestment in the destination, Las Vegas is well positioned for continued growth in 2013 and on the threshold of hosting more than 40 million visitors."
Other highlights include
  • Compared to 2011, visitor volume increased 2.1 percent in 2012 with approximately 800,000 more guests, allowing the destination to reach 39.7 million annual visitors.
  • Gradual improvement in the meeting and convention industry with 4.9 million delegates attending a convention, trade show or meeting in 2012, reflecting a 1.6 percent increase over last year. This is the highest convention attendance in four years.
  • Las Vegas hosted 21,615 meetings, tradeshows or conventions in 2012, up 13.6 percent from the 2011 total of 19,029. The 2012 total is the highest number of meetings and conventions held in Las Vegas since 2008.
  • Average citywide occupancy was up 0.6 percentage points to 84.4 percent for 2012. Las Vegas’ citywide occupancy is 23 percentage points higher than the national average of 61.4 percent. With industry-leading occupancy of 84.4 percent for its 150,481 rooms, Las Vegas fills more rooms per night on average than any destination in North America. 
Another positive indicator for Southern Nevada’s tourism industry is the addition of nearly 23,000 jobs in the resort-industry since the recessionary low in November 2009. Tourism supports 370,000 jobs, or 46 percent of all the local jobs.
Additional information regarding Las Vegas 2012 visitors will be available later this spring when the LVCVA releases its annual "Visitor Profile Study," detailing visitor trends, attitudes, behaviors and spending habits while visiting the destination.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Eater Guides: A Handy Guide to Happy Hours in Las Vegas

Eater Guides: A Handy Guide to Happy Hours in Las Vegas:

2008_10_hasmaps.jpgOne of your best bets in Vegas is happy hour, that time of day when restaurants and bars offer up discounted food and drink specials. Here's a look at 28 happy hours all across Vegas where you can nab deals.

Have a favorite happy hour? Drop the name of the place, the deal and the times and dates in the comments or drop us a line at

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Top Holiday Party Venues: Las Vegas

Top Holiday Party Venues: Las Vegas:
Top SevsAs Cvent continues its look at the top special event venues in the U.S. for holiday party planning, today we focus on Las Vegas.

There’s no doubt that this city is one great place to throw a party, but there are some special event venues that you may not know about that could make your 2012 holiday party one to remember.
Here are three venues that should be a part of your list when choosing the right spot for your party.
The Beatles REVOLUTION Lounge
You say you want a revolutionary party location for your holiday shindig? The Beatles REVOLUTION Lounge at The Mirage Hotel & Casino is "revolutionary" in design. Dare we say, it's a sensory experience akin to going on a Magical Mystery Tour? Truly unique, your party guests will be enthralled by the psychedelic decor, as they party in the first nightlife experience created by Cirque du Soleil. Built in 2006, REVOLUTION blends 60's style and music with modern, cutting-edge interactive technology, to recreate the magic of The Beatles’ era exclusively at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. One cool setting for a holiday party, right?
RevolutionWhen you arrive at REVOLUTION, your guests will first be greeted at The Abbey Road Bar (shoes optional if your name is "Paul"), "a full-service bar and intimate lounge that launches the experience with its beautiful black-and-white-striped floor, reminiscent of the original Abbey Road." if you choose to leave the bar, you then make your way into the main lounge area, complete with lyric wall featuring the epic words penned by John, Paul, George and Ringo "all those years ago." For planning purposes, you'll find the 5,000-square-foot ultra-lounge one eye-popping setting. One of the major features guests won't soon forget: 30,000 dichroic crystals reflecting light throughout the space in an architectural interpretation of The Beatles’ hit song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Now, that's a party.
The Oquendo Center
This venue will surprise you. This modern, luxurious facility offers 66,000 square feet of meeting space "devoted to practical, clinical, and knowledge-based learning was distinctively designed and built to address every single aspect necessary to become an all-encompassing, successful event resource." But it's also a great place to have a party!

Oquendo Center The Oquendo Center has a well-earned reputation as an clinical, and medical center. They also host some of the most magnificent social events, dinners, receptions and events in Las Vegas.
This facility offers planners a lot of space for functions. We would be remiss if we did not mention that their Las Vegas meeting space is fully customizable, and has a staff on hand that will provide the impeccable personalized service you need to pull off one, cool, timeless event.
The Thomas & Mack Center
The Thomas & Mack Center does it all, and has been for 30 years. From Rock 'n' Roll shows? Check. Rodeos? Check. Private Corporate and Social events? Double check. You may not have considered the Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion and Sam Boyd Stadium as a special event venue, but maybe it's time you did.

Thomas & MackIt really doesn't matter what size your event is, or the space required for your party. This venue has a wide variety of meeting and event spaces to accommodate groups of all sizes: from 20 people to over 35,000. Enjoy full services including full service catering, back-of-house production, audio/visual, event staffing, advertising/public relations, video production and talent booking.

Whether you want to go BIG, or intimate, the Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion and Sam Boyd Stadium are the perfect spot for your holiday event. They’ll hold a spot in history for you.
In order to help planners find the perfect venue for their upcoming holiday parties, Cvent evaluated over 5,000 venues.  We based our selections off of the number of views the venue received, as well as the venue’s group lead market share within the Cvent Supplier Network.  To view Cvent’s complete list of Top U.S. Special Event Venues, please visit:

Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall Preview: 10 New Venues for Events and Meetings Opening in Las Vegas

Fall Preview: 10 New Venues for Events and Meetings Opening in Las Vegas:

As we ramp up for fall, these are some of the most important new event and meeting venues slated to open (or reopen) in Las Vegas, with options for everything from cocktail receptions and conferences to business dinners and corporate meetings. Here's a preview of the hotels, restaurants, bars, lounges, and other spaces the city will be buzzing about this season.

Monday, July 9, 2012

10 Meeting Venues in Las Vegas

10 Meeting Venues in Las Vegas:

Looking for a space to host your next meeting? Here's a look at 10 venues in Las Vegas: theaters, hotel ballrooms, museums, private rooms in restaurants, and more. Whether your meeting is for 10, 100, or even more, you'll find all kinds of sizes, locations, room styles, and amenities to best fit your needs.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Where Should You Sit At Smith Center?

Where Should You Sit At Smith Center?:

Downtown's Smith Center has been open for just over three months already, continuing to impress new and "old" visitors alike. Since our first look at Reynolds Hall inside the Performing Arts venue, we've returned for a more intimate experience in the Cabaret Jazz room and then the Broadway Las Vegas Series (in Reynolds Hall).
Each trip to Reynolds Hall has afforded us a different seat, view, and experience. If you're like us before our first visit, you've studied the seating chart and clicked through each available view from your seat. But, if you are still unsure which price point to go after, allow us to share our views.