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JUNE 2012

June 1, 2012

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas to Open $2.4 Billion International Air Terminal
McCarran International Airport is putting on the finishing touches to 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 is scheduled to arrive June 27th. For more information, contact Chris Jones, McCarran International Airport,


Electric Daisy Carnival Returns to Las Vegas
The 16th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, North America's largest electronic music festival, will return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for three nights of world-class performances June 8-10. This year's event will transform the Speedway into a completely interactive carnival experience featuring an additional 500 theatrical performers, including fire twirlers, aerialists, dancers, and stilt walkers, plus numerous full size amusement rides and attractions that are free for all ticket holders. The 1,000-acre complex will become a fully immersive audiovisual experience with dynamic large-scale art installations creating interactive environments amidst the seven stages, along with state-of-the-art lighting and sound production and a pyrotechnics display nightly. For more information, contact


11th Annual Reggae in the Desert Music Festival Returns to Las Vegas
Reggae in the Desert, one of the most successful music festivals in Las Vegas, continues to spotlight national reggae acts. The daylong music festival, in its 11th year, will take place on Saturday, June 16 from 12 noon till 11pm at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Kymani Marley, Third World, Israel Vibrations, Tribal Seeds, J Boog, Fiji, Pato Banton and Fortunate Youth round out this year's impressive lineup. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus,


Wynn Las Vegas Presents Wynn Music Week, June 6-11
In celebration of electronic dance music dominating the entertainment capital of the world, Wynn Las Vegas day and nightlife venues present Wynn Music Week, a weeklong celebration of critically acclaimed DJs. Encore Beach Club, Surrender, Tryst and XS Nightclubs will unleash an unrivaled caliber of DJs June 6-11, that will continue to position Wynn Las Vegas as the epicenter of dance music. The Wynn Music Week line-up includes: Alesso, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Afrojack, Tiësto and Skrillex. For more information, contact Alison Monaghan, Kirvin Doak Communications,


Temptation Sundays, Las Vegas's Original LGBT Pool Party, Returns to Luxor
Las Vegas' original and longest-running LGBT pool party, Temptation Sundays, kicked off another spectacular year. The enticing party includes captivating events, cool drink specialsand music every Sunday at Luxor's North Pool. The top LGBT pool event in Las Vegas for tourists and locals alike, Temptation Sundays is specially tailored for an alternative crowd, but welcomes everyone looking for a great day at the pool. For more information, contact David Gonzalez, MGM Resorts,


Surf the Musical to Premier at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Surf The Musical, a nostalgic journey of sight and sound brings the music of The Beach Boys rock 'n roll hits to center stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino this summer.
A series of preview performances will begin the week of June 11, and continue to the Gala Celebrity, VIP, and Media Opening Night Performance Tuesday, July 17. The announcement was made by Surf Productions LLC Executive Producers Michael Ingram, J. Burton Gold and Skip Klintworth. For more information, contact Steve Flynn, Langdon + Flynn Communications,


Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Welcomes New Stores
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino welcomes five new stores to the center. New outlets include: Garrett Popcorn, Chicago popcorn legend; Jamba, a specialty beverage and food outlet by Jamba Juice; Dollheads, a salon for blowouts and extensions; GRATiAE organic skin care products. Opening in 2013 will be Scamp & Scoundrel, a contemporary boutique for women. For more information, contact Brad Seidel, Kirvin Doak Communications,


Chopard Opens New Boutique at Wynn Las Vegas
Chopard, internationally renowned luxury Swiss watch and jewelry house, proudly opened an exciting, fully-owned Chopard boutique the luxury space at Wynn Las Vegas. The boutique is part of the brand's ongoing US retail strategy of openings, expansions, and grand-scale remodeling. The new luxury Las Vegas space is approximately 800 square feet with other luxury lifestyle retailers such as Brioni, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik and Ferrari. For more information, contact Wendy Zamaripa, Wynn Las Vegas,


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Announces ‘Soundwaves' Poolside Concert Series
This summer, music enthusiasts will be able to enjoy some of the hottest names of yesterday and today at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's Soundwaves poolside concert series. Throughout the summer, acts will play the stage at the Nirvana Pool. Current events include: Collective Soul, B-52's, Pepper, Jimmy Cliff, Aaron Lewis, The Airborne Toxic Event, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and more. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications,

Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas Now Open
Gordon Ramsay brought his unique style and culinary flair to Las Vegas with the opening of Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, marking the award-winning chef's first restaurant in Las Vegas. The two-level steakhouse welcomes guests through a "chunnel" entrance and then immediately captures their attention with an eye-catching, restaurant wide Union Jack ceiling mural and custom neon sculpture, handsomely tailored servers and a menu which incorporates a modern approach to the classic steakhouse selections. For more information, contact Taylor Shields, Caesars Entertainment,


Herbalife World Football Challenge 2012 Coming to Las Vegas
Justice Entertainment Group (JEG) has announced that Spain's La Liga Champion Real Madrid and Italy's Serie A Champion Juventus FC 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,


Las Vegas News Bureau Introduces New ‘Miss Atomic Bomb'
In honor of the Las Vegas News Bureau's 65th anniversary, the organization recreated one of their most iconic images, Miss Atomic Bomb, originally photographed in 1957 by Don English. The new Miss Atomic Bomb is none other than Holly Madison, star of Peep Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. For more information or a copy of the photos, contact Jeremy Handel, LVCVA,


The Venetian and The Palazzo Kick Off Carnevale with Mese di Arte
The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will kick off the quintessential summer festival, Carnevale, with Mese di Arte (Art Month) from June 4 through June 30. Throughout the month, the resorts will be transformed into an art gallery with unbelievable 3D chalk artists, glassblowers, potters, living art installations and an interactive Art Walk. All demonstrations will take place in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium & Gardens daily from 1-6 p.m. and select art work will be available for purchase to take the magic of Carnevale home. For more information, contact Carrie Giverson, The Venetian and The Palazzo,


Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas Now Open
Mizumi, the premier Japanese restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas, is now open. Helmed by rising star chef, Devin Hashimoto, Mizumi introduces a taste of Japan to the heart of Wynn Las Vegas. Drawing its inspiration from timeless Japanese design motifs, Mizumi captures the sophistication of modern Japan, creating the perfect complement to Chef Hashimoto's re-imagined and seasonally focused approach to Japanese cuisine. The menu at Mizumi is a reflection of Hashimoto's mastery of kaiseki, traditional skills and Japanese cooking techniques, learned through studies and travels to Japan. The menu features classic entrées, sushi and sashimi, robatayaki selections prepared over authentic Japanese charcoal grills and teppanyaki offerings. For more information, contact Rosie Abrams, Wynn Las Vegas,


$300 Million Secured for Redevelopment of the Sahara into the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
sbe and Stockbridge Capital Group, LLC, announced that they have secured $300 million in new funding for the redevelopment of the Sahara Hotel & Casino into the SLS Las Vegas. The news of the funding marks a major milestone for Las Vegas and the north end of the Strip, signaling renewed economic growth for the community and the hospitality and gaming industries. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications,


61st Annual Miss USA Competition Returns to Las Vegas
The 61st Annual Miss USA Competition will return to Las Vegas's Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino for the 5th year in a row. The Competition will be broadcast live on NBC Sunday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, Caesars Entertainment,


NHL Awards Return to Las Vegas
The National Hockey League announced a new, multi-year partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) that will see the NHL Awards return to Las Vegas for the next three years. As part of the extended partnership, which first began in 2009, the NHL will stage numerous new events throughout the destination in conjunction with the League's annual post-season awards show. The world-famous Wynn Las Vegas resort will host the 2012 NHL Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, June 20, at the Encore Theater. For more information, visit


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