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JULY 2012

July 1, 2012

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas Opens $2.4 Billion International Air Terminal
McCarran International opened the state-of-the-art, $2.4 billion Terminal 3, a new 14-gate international air terminal in Las Vegas. The first flight into the new T3 arrived June 27th. Terminal 3 is the largest completed airport project in the country over the past decade. The project also ranks as the largest public works project completed in Nevada's history. For more information, contact Chris Jones, McCarran International Airport, chrisjo@mccarran.com.


Herbalife World Football Challenge 2012 Coming to Las Vegas
Justice Entertainment Group (JEG) has announced that Spain's La Liga Champion Real Madrid and four-time defending champions of Mexico's Primera Division Club Santos Laguna will face-off on Sunday, August 5 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas as part of the 2012 World Football Challenge. One of the largest and most successful soccer exhibitions ever staged in North America, the World Football Challenge brings together many of the world's most accomplished and celebrated soccer clubs to play in major sports venues across the region. The event gives soccer fans the unique opportunity to see global superstars play live and experience first-hand the fast-paced, skillful competition that has made soccer the most popular sport in the world. For more information, contact Steve Flynn, Langdon Flynn Communications, steve@langdonflynn.com.


International Fight Week Comes to Las Vegas
The Ultimate Fighting Championship organization and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have partnered to present the first annual International Fight Week July 3 through July 7. International Fight Week will be the ultimate week-long experience for UFC fans. The inaugural celebration of the UFC will feature the largest ever gathering of fighters and unprecedented access to UFC stars, the biggest UFC Fan Expo yet, open workouts with UFC 148 fighters, pool parties and pub crawls hosted by fighters and Octagon Girls, a concert and, of course, the week will cumulate with one of the biggest sporting events of the year: UFC 148: SILVA vs SONNEN II. For more information, visit http://www.visitlasvegas.com/ufc/.


Pink Jeep Tours to Feature The Mob Museum on New City Tour
From mobsters to world-class resorts, from gaming to the city of lights, from showgirls to a famous pawn shop, Las Vegas is still the entertainment capital of the world. This popular excursion can help one discover the rich and mind-blowing history of Las Vegas on a Pink Jeep Tour. The tour includes VIP access to The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Located downtown, you'll get a personal tour of the artifacts, interactive displays and multimedia that detail the Mob's impact on the history of our nation and City of Las Vegas. For more information, contact Brittany Moore, Pink Jeep Tours, brittanys@pinkjeep.com.

NBA Summer League Returns to Las Vegas July 13-22
The 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas will feature a record 24 teams competing in a 60-game schedule July 13-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The 2012 NBA Summer League will showcase 13 of the top 14 picks in this year's NBA Draft. The action tips off at 1 p.m. PT, Friday, July 13, with the Atlanta Hawks playing the Washington Wizards in the first of four scheduled games that day at COX Pavilion. Other teams participating in opening day action include the Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors. For more information, contact Hillary Smoot, PR Plus, Hillary@prpluslv.com.


‘Fabulous Las Vegas' Returns for Weekend Celebration
The Strip will shine a little brighter July 12-15 as Fabulous Las Vegas returns for a third year with its uniquely Vegas-style LGBT celebration. The extended weekend, hosted exclusively by MGM Resorts International, will offer a full lineup of celebrity-hosted special events, pool parties, DJs and live entertainment plus spa, shopping, dining and drink specials at The Strip's hottest destinations including Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York and Luxor. For more information, contact David Gonzalez, MGM Resorts International, gdonzalez@mgmresorts.com.


Construction of Hakkasan Las Vegas Underway at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Construction is underway for Hakkasan Las Vegas, an upscale dining experience with a lavish lounge and nightclub created by Hakkasan Ltd. and its partners Angel Management Group. Unveiling this December at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, the notable development has taken over the former Studio 54 space and the main exterior façade at one of the busiest intersections on The Strip: Las Vegas Boulevard South and Tropicana Avenue. Spanning approximately 75,000-square-feet over five levels, the space will offer a number of experiences including Hakkasan's signature restaurant and lounge as well as a new nightclub component. For more information, contact Jackie Oribello, Angel Management Group, Jackie@amgcorp.com.


Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace Announces Rooms on Sale October 1
Nobu Hospitality partners provided guests with an initial glance inside the world's first Nobu Hotel, set to open in Las Vegas late 2012. In addition to revealing the first look into the hotel design, the group announced guest bookings will begin Oct. 1. Rooms can be booked online at NobuHotelCaesarsPalace.com. The project will contain 181 guest rooms, including 18 suites. For more information, contact Celena Haas, Caesars Entertainment, chaas@caesars.com.


Boyd Gaming's Eldorado Casino Celebrates Golden Anniversary
On July 1, 1962, Sam and Bill Boyd opened the Eldorado Casino, marking the first joint venture of the legendary father-son team, and the beginning of what would become Boyd Gaming. On Sunday, July 1 Mr. Boyd will attend the official 50th anniversary celebration at the Eldorado. In celebration of the anniversary, the downtown Henderson landmark put in circulation commemorative, limited edition $5 gaming chips. For more information, contact Jasen Woehrle, jasenw@thefirmpr.com.


Leonardo Da Vinci Comes to Life at Venetian Las Vegas
Imagine Exhibitions, Inc. presents Da Vinci - The Genius, the most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci's work ever created, for a limited engagement at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The interactive experience immerses guests in da Vinci's timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of the mastermind's inventions and unparalleled exhibits of his iconic art. Da Vinci - The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo Da Vinci's remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. Guests will enjoy more than 200 unique pieces including 75 life-size machine inventions, three-dimensional renderings of da Vinci's most notable Renaissance works and an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of his most famous piece, "Mona Lisa." For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications, nmounier@kirvindoak.com.


Palms Begins Multi-Million Dollar Transformation
Palms Casino Resort is investing $50 million in the first phase of a transformation that will renovate and reenergize the property that launched a Las Vegas celebrity revolution. The transformation, beginning this summer, will encompass a lavish Palms Tower room and suite redesign, appealing new culinary options, reimagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences. Beginning in July, all 428 rooms and suites in the Palms Tower will be remodeled in an ultra-chic and modern style. For more information, contact Kate Whiteley, Kirvin Doak Communications, kwhiteley@kirvindoak.com.


Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Announces its Summer Events Schedule
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort launched a series of family-friendly events for the summer 2012 season, including the Annual Hill Clean Up, a litter pick-up and barbecue, Music on the Mountain: Music Americana, a summer concert series, along with ongoing weekend activities including disc golf and scenic chairlift rides. For more information, contact Kristine Mastrodonato, Forte Creative Media, Kristine@fortecreativemedia.com.


The Burbon Room Opens at The Venetian
Inspired by the legendary Sunset Strip club in the Broadway smash hit, "Rock of Ages," the Bourbon Room promises to give partiers the opportunity to enjoy the finest collection of bourbon and spirits in Las Vegas and be entertained by music video flashbacks to nostalgic rock music from the totally rad ‘80s. At the Bourbon Room, guests can sling back a shot from a choice of 28 different bourbons on the Angel Share Reserve Menu. This includes two single-barrel signature bourbons, Eagle Rare and Woodford Reserve, made specifically and exclusively for the Bourbon Room. The more nostalgic can take a trip back into the ‘80s and enjoy Bartles & Jaymes flavored wine coolers. For more information, contact Carrie Giverson, The Venetian, carrie.giverson@venetian.com.


The Venetian Announces New Resident: "Rock of Ages"
Later this year, guests will not only be able to relive the ‘80s in the Las Vegas Strip's newest party bar, but they'll also be able to see the show that started it all, live on stage at The Venetian. "Rock of Ages features a raucous mix of 28 tunes and will begin performances at The Venetian mid-December. Set in L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, "Rock of Ages" tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. For more information, contact Carrie Giverson, The Venetian, carrie.giverson@venetian.com.


Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Debuts Summer Exhibition
A slice of the Northeastern seashore moves west to Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens for the summer floral exhibition. Inspired by water, light and scent, guests are transported to the endearing and crisp atmosphere of New England through September 9. New to the summer exhibition is a blue and white lighthouse with a rotating light as well as live performances by classical and jazz guitarists daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Brittany Harris, MGM Resorts International, bharris04@mgmresorts.com.


Skyvue Las Vegas Observation Wheel Completes First Phase of Construction
SkyVue, an iconic 500-square-foot observation wheel rapidly taking shape on the Las Vegas Strip, has completed the first phase of construction, is beginning its vertical climb and has begun excavation on its retail and dining experience. Upon opening, SkyVue will be the largest observation wheel in the Western Hemisphere and the first attraction of its kind in Las Vegas. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications, nmounier@kirvindoak.com.

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