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APRIL 2012

April 23, 2012

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino Undergoes Dramatic Expansion

Founded in 1906, the Golden Gate - Las Vegas' original casino - is undergoing its first major expansion in 50 years. The landmark property in downtown Las Vegas will add a 35,000-square-foot, five-story luxury tower with 16 hotel suites, including two penthouses, an extended casino floor, a high-limit gaming pit and a new lobby where artifacts from the hotel's notable past will be displayed. The new tower will also feature a porte-cochere designed to provide convenient valet parking. Renovations are scheduled for completion by July 2012. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications,

U.S. Travel Association to Launch "Vote Travel" Bus Tour in Las Vegas
The U.S. Travel association, in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce will launch the 20,000-mile nationwide bus tour in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. The goal of this tour is to engage and inform elected officials across the country about the economic power of
the travel industry. For more information, contact Jeremy Handel, LVCVA,

15th Annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender Returns to Las Vegas
The biggest Rockabilly party in the world, 20,000 expected attendees, returns to Las Vegas for the 15th annual celebration April 5-8, 2012 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino. The festivities kick off on Thursday, April 5th with multiple entertainment performances. Also included in the schedule are the Viva Las Vegas Car Show, burlesque competition,
burlesque showcase, pool party, swimsuit contest, fashion show and many more fun-loving events. For more information, contact Alisha Alexander, Viva Las Vegas,

Laugh Factory Inks Deal at New Tropicana Las Vegas
The Laugh Factory and the New Tropicana Las Vegas are launching a multi-venue comedy experience at the Strip property. Fun World Media has partnered with Laugh Factory to build this new comedy empire and the first stage of the roll-out will be opening Laugh Factory Las Vegas, a comedy showroom starring the hottest comedians in
the business. For more information, contact Ken Langdon, Langdon Flynn Communications,

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Debuts Spring Exhibition
Spring has sprung at Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, now open to the public through May 13. This year's theme, "Dutch Garden," features live musical performances from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. daily, a 26-foot-tall windmill, 11-foot-tall carousel and a floral interpretation of Claude Monet's Fisherman's Cottage on the Cliffs at Varengeville. For more information, contact Sara Gorgon, MGM Resorts International,

Red Rock Resort Announces Summer Concerts
The Red Rock Casino Amphitheatre at Red Rock Resort is a popular venue for summer concerts and has just announced the beginning of the seasonal shows. The Beach Boys have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary Tour and will stop in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 27 at 8 p.m. The second show announcement is Def Leppard with Poison and special guest Lita Ford on Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Lori Nelson, Station Casinos,

Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel Launches Live Web Streaming
Couples tying the knot in Las Vegas can now capture their special day live, on their very own personalized wedding website, when booking with Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. Each website will provide couples with live, web-streamed video broadcasting of their wedding, in real-time from a web browser, so family and friends can watch live
from anywhere in the world. For more information, contact Leila Stoker, Turtle PR,

Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel Reveals New Name, Plans for Renovation
Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel in downtown Las Vegas is undergoing a dramatic transformation to become the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel, scheduled for completion in fall 2012. Renovations will include 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites, a two-level casino featuring both a modern and vintage gaming floor and two high-energy bars.
For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications,

Cirque du Soleil Announces Zarkana to Establish Residency at Aria Resort & Casino
Zarkana, the surreal acrobatic spectacle by Cirque du Soleil, will open at ARIA Resort & Casino with previews starting in October and an official opening slated for November. The production will take up residency at ARIA after Viva ELVIS ends its run in August. For more information, contact Ann Paladie, Cirque du Soleil,

New Restaurant Announced at Flamingo Las Vegas
Flamingo Las Vegas announced its newest restaurant, Center Cut Steakhouse, set to debut this April. The steakhouse will offer guests a posh eatery with favorites such as the 20-ounce rib-eye and the 24-ounce porterhouse, made with all natural premium beef. The beef will be provided by cows that are born and raised solely in the United States and are 100 percent hormone and steroid-free. In addition to mouth-watering steaks, the menu
will offer a wide variety of seafood dishes and an assortment of delicious salads, sides and desserts. For more information, contact Brandy Bell, Caesars Entertainment,

Liza Minnelli to Perform at the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
One of America's true legends, Liza Minnelli, winner of four Tony awards, an Oscar, a special "Legends" Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy will once again perform at the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) May 12 in the LVH Theater. For more information, contact Katrina Nabong, LVH,

'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth - Live on Stage' Begins Limited Run at MGM Grand
The electric one-man show is the no-holds-barred life story of the iconic boxer as it has never been told before. In an up-close-and-personal, theatrical setting featuring images, music and video, Tyson will share the stories of his life and experiences as a professional athlete and the controversies he faced in and out of the ring. The show will have a limited run with nightly performances at 8 p.m. April 13 - 18 inside the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications,

Tickets on Sale for Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Tickets for Las Vegas' official PGA TOUR event, Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, are on sale now. The weeklong charitable tournament kicks off on Sept. 30 at the masterfully designed TPC Summerlin, where guests escape into an oasis situated within the natural desert and surrounded by the Las Vegas skyline and Red Rock mountains. For more information, contact Alison Monaghan, Kirvin doak Communications,

Aria Resort & Casino Announces New Restaurant
Aria Resort & Casino announced that Javier's will join its culinary family late this summer. Javier's, a favorite hot spot for those in-the-know in Southern California and Los Cabos, Mexico, will introduce its regionally influenced Mexican cooking in an unrivaled setting. Javier's menu is inspired by cuisine from different regions of Mexico and will feature grilled seafood, steaks, chicken and a selection of vegetarian dishes. For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts International,

Madame Tussauds Unveils Celine Dion Wax Figure
The newest figure in Madame Tussauds Las Vegas' roster, Celine Dion will reside in the attraction's Viva Vegas room. Dion's figure will rock the stage with microphone in hand and feature a re-creation of her natural, glowing stage makeup and flowing blonde locks. For more information, contact Brad Seidel, Kirvin Doak Communications,

20th Annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival Returns
Michael Schivo Presents has teamed up with The Oasis 105.7 Smooth Jazz and Power 88 to co-sponsor the 20th Annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival on April 28-29, 2012. By popular demand, the festival will remain at Government Amphitheater. The lineup includes handpicked musicians to entertain throughout the day and night including Eric Benet, legendary band Morris Day and the Time, multi Grammy Award winner vocalist Melanie Fiona, the creative genius of vocalist Rahsaan Patterson and the vocalist destine to change pop R&B music Goeapole. For more information, please visit

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