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.

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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.

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