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JUNE 2013

June 1, 2013

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Announces Plans for Thrill Ride

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has announced it will develop an exciting new thrill ride, VooDoo Skyline, set to open later this summer. The exhilarating attraction will deliver a Las Vegas experience unlike any other - sending guests soaring higher than 400 feet in the air at electrifying speeds, offering 360-degree open-air views of the Las Vegas Strip. The one-minute and 10-second zip ride will take off from VooDoo Lounge, located atop Rio's 50-story Masquerade tower, sending guests cascading more than 800 feet to the Ipanema tower and reaching speeds up to 33 miles per hour. VooDoo Skyline can accommodate up to two riders at one time and will have a unique feature - on the return trip guests will ride an additional 800 feet to the starting point facing backwards, a total ride of nearly one-third of a mile. For more information, contact Leslie Peterson, Caesars Entertainment, lpeterson@caesars.com.


Club America and Chivas de Guadalajara Set to Face Off in Las Vegas

Latin Sports and Soccer United Marketing announced the biggest rivalry in Mexican soccer, El Súper Clásico (The Super Classic), featuring Club Deportivo Guadalajara and Club America, will be played in Las Vegas for the first time ever on July 3 at Sam Boyd Stadium at 8 p.m. PDT. America and Guadalajara are the two most successful and popular Mexican football clubs with America holding 10 titles, and Guadalajara, commonly known as Chivas, with 11. For more information, contact Steve Flynn, Langdon + Flynn Communications, Steve@langdonflynn.com.


Sold Out 17th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival Returns to Las Vegas

Insomniac announced that tickets for the 17th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Las Vegas are officially sold out. The festival is expected to attract 345,000 attendees over the three-day event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 21-23. Insomniac will transform the Las Vegas Motor Speedway into a completely interactive carnival experience, featuring more than 150 electronic dance music artists, 500 theatrical performers, including fire twirlers, aerialists, dancers and stilt walkers. 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, numerous full size amusement rides and attractions and a pyrotechnics display nightly. For more information, contact Alison Monaghan, Kirvin Doak Communications, amonaghan@kirvindoak.com.


Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical to Open at The Venetian

The first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical makes its way to the sparkling lights of Las Vegas for an 11-week engagement at The Venetian Las Vegas, with performances beginning June 18. Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical features a trio of friends, on the road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.  With more than 500 dazzling 2011 Tony Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical features a hit parade of more than 20 dance-floor favorites, including "It's Raining Men," "Finally," "I Will Survive," "Material Girl," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Like a Prayer," and many others. For more information, contact Kate Whitely, Kirvin Doak Communications, kwhiteley@kirvindoak.com.


Ultimate Fighting Championship Second Annual Fight Week Returns to Las Vegas

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Las Vegas team up for Fight Week 2013, presented by Ultimate Poker, beginning July 3 and culminating with one of the biggest sporting events of the year, UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman, at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 6. The second annual Fight Week will be the ultimate week-long experience for UFC fans. The celebration will feature the largest gathering of fighters and unprecedented access to UFC stars, the biggest Fan Expo yet, a free Three Days Grace concert, Tuff-N-Uff MMA tournament, UFC party, autograph signings, weigh-ins and UFC 162. For more information, contact Shauna Wilson, UFC, swilson@ufc.com.


Terrible's Hotel & Casino Welcomes New Name: Silver Sevens

Terrible's Hotel & Casino has begun the property's transition to a new name with the launch of Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino. After an extensive renovation that included more than $5 million in enhancements throughout the property, Affinity Gaming will complete the renovation project by transitioning Terrible's Hotel & Casino into a new era with the Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino. The recent property enhancements include new furniture and bathroom fixtures in all hotel rooms, a fully renovated William Hill sports book, a new casino bar, the addition of a new hospitality suite and a new players club/welcome center combination. For more information, contact Matt Guidish, Kirvin Doak Communications, mguidish@kirvindoak.com


Garth Brooks to Celebrate Three Year Wynn Engagement with Upcoming Concert Weekend

After spending three years together at the Encore Theater in Las Vegas, Steve Wynn and Garth Brooks are proud to announce that they are planning to film the upcoming July 4th weekend concerts to memorialize his time on the Encore Theater stage, the special will also be available on DVD.  There will be three shows, one each night, over the July 4th weekend. Tickets go on sale June 3. For more information, contact Wynn Las Vegas, pr@wynnlasvegas.com.


2013 NBA Summer League to Return to Las Vegas

When the participating teams take the court in Las Vegas this summer for the 2013 NBA Summer League, a championship will be on the line. For the first time since the league's inception in 2004, NBA Summer League will feature a format that includes preliminary games followed by a single-elimination tournament leading to an eventual champion. The schedule tips off on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on July 12, and will conclude with a championship game on July 22. All participating teams will play a minimum of five games. For more information, contact Maureen Coyle, NBA Communications, mcoyle@nba.com.


Chef Daniel Boulud to Open DBGB Kitchen & Bar at The Venetian Las Vegas

Renowned Chef Daniel Boulud has announced that The Venetian Las Vegas will be the next home for his popular New York City restaurant, DBGB Kitchen & Bar, described as "French Brasserie meets American Tavern." The opening of DBGB Kitchen & Bar, slated for later this year, will mark the highly anticipated return to Las Vegas for Boulud. For more information, contact Keith Salwoski, The Venetian Las Vegas, Keith.salwoski@ventian.com.


Krug Chef's Table Debuts at Restaurant Guy Savoy inside Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Acclaimed French chef, Guy Savoy and Krug Champagne, the world's first luxury Champagne House, have joined forces to offer an unforgettable epicurean adventure with the debut of the Krug Chef's Table at the two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Guy Savoy, located inside the iconic Caesars Palace. Designed for lovers of fine wine and cuisine, the six-seat chef's table affords guests an intimate view of the kitchen while enjoying a tasting menu curated to pair perfectly with Krug's prestige cuveé champagnes. For more information, contact Taylor Shields, Caesars Entertainment, tshields@caesars.com.


Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to Open Restaurant at The Mirage

Masaharu Morimoto, renowned Japanese chef and star of Food Network's Iron Chef America, will bring his passion for cooking to the Las Vegas Strip with the opening of Morimoto Las Vegas, a new Japanese restaurant at The Mirage. Slated to open in early 2014, Morimoto Las Vegas will feature the contemporary Japanese cuisine and signature sushi that has earned Chef Morimoto worldwide acclaim. The restaurant will take the location currently occupied by Japonais. For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts International, afarkas@mgmresorts.com.


Buddy Valastro to Open Buddy V's at The Venetian Las Vegas

Las Vegas is about to get a taste of New Jersey's other "boss" as Buddy Valastro, the star of the hit TLC series Cake Boss, opens his first restaurant this fall. Partnering with veteran restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla, Buddy V's will be located in The Venetian Las Vegas and is inspired by Valastro's family gatherings and the beloved recipes passed down by his mother, grandmother and aunts. Buddy V's will be the first restaurant venture for the internationally renowned baker known for his ebullient personality and intricate custom cakes. The menu at Buddy V's will offer new twists on Italian-American classics, as well as Valastro family favorites like Sunday gravy, steak pizzaiola and Lisa's linguine and clams with lobster. Staying true to Buddy's baking roots, Buddy V's will also boast an impressive dessert selection of timeless treats, such as zeppole, cannoli and the world famous lobster tail pastry. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus, alissa@prpluslv.com.


PRESS at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas Now Open

PRESS, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas' eagerly anticipated indoor/outdoor bar, is now open to the public. PRESS serves up fun food and drink offerings morning through late night inside or on the chic outdoor patio overlooking the hotel's private pool. When the sun sets on the Las Vegas Strip, the spirited environment at PRESS provides a lively space to connect before or after a show or a night on the town. Mingle bar side or on the patio, which features a sleek, neutral color palate, two gas fire pits and comfortable sofa seating.  Additional outdoor design highlights include a trellis system with misters, customized lighting, ceiling fans and heaters. In addition to draft beer and wines by the glass, a team of experienced mixologists create hand-crafted, speakeasy cocktails, a tasty array of small plates inspired by seasonal American favorites and whimsical desserts. For more information, contact Erica Johnson-McElroy, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Erica.Johnson-McElroy@fourseasons.com.


Steel Skeleton for SlotZilla Completed at Fremont Street Experience

The steel skeleton of the 128-foot tower for SlotZilla has been completed. The takeoff tower of the $11.5 million ride is located just east of 4th Street and Fremont Street on Fremont Street Experience. SlotZilla, set to open this summer, will be a major new icon for downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district that attracts nearly 16 million annual visitors. The attraction will alter the downtown Las Vegas skyline with a 12-story slot-machine-themed takeoff platform located near the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. SlotZilla will be a two-level thrill ride.  Riders on the upper Zoomline will take off over 110 feet above ground and riders, lying flat in a harness, will be launched to a speed that will zoom them 1,700 feet through and under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. Riders on the lower Zipline take off about 70 feet above ground and zip 850 feet to a mid-point landing platform. Both levels deliver a ride experience unique in the world - flying above thousands of people on Fremont Street Experience and under the Viva Vision canopy, which is the world's largest video screen. For more information, contact Mindy Eras, Preferred Public Relations, Mindy@preferredpublicrelations.com.


Pink Jeep Tours & Scenic Airlines Partner for Grand Canyon Experience by Air, Jeep

Pink Jeep Tours and Scenic Airlines are partnering to present the ultimate Grand Canyon experience. From Las Vegas, visitors will climb aboard a state-of-the-art Scenic Airlines touring Vistaliner, featuring panoramic windows, to experience the majesty and beauty of the Grand Canyon. The flight will take visitors over beautiful Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the majestic Colorado River on their way to the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim. Once at the South Rim, visitors will join Pink Jeep Tours in a signature open-air pink Jeep Wrangler for a tour of the South Rim on the Ultimate Grand Entrance Tour. This tour includes a great narration from a certified interpretive guide about the geology, wildlife and landscape of this natural wonder. Fascinating stories about facts and legends surrounding the Grand Canyon will also be part of the experience with unforgettable views. For more information, contact Brittany Moore, Pink Jeep Tours, brittanys@pinkjeep.com.


Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Welcomes Two Juvenile Komodo Dragons from Prague

Two male juvenile Komodo dragons direct from Prague are now calling Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay home, joining the attraction's diverse family of reptiles. The two latest additions to Shark Reef join a fellow adult male Komodo that was first displayed in 2008. The trio will rotate on exhibit individually as they may prove deadly to one another if kept in the same exhibit. Shark Reef Aquarium is one of only seven locations selected to care for 10 dragons recently captive-hatched at the Praha Zoological Garden in the Czech Republic. For more information, contact Morgan Hernquist, MGM Resorts International, Mhernqui01@mgmresorts.com.


El Cortez Hotel & Casino Now Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Recently, the El Cortez Hotel and Casino executive team was joined by city officials, including Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Councilman Bob Coffin to recognize the downtown hotel's listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Constructed in 1941, El Cortez is primarily Spanish Colonial Revival style but reflects the 1952 remodel when the façade was ‘modernized' and the marquee and prominent rooftop signage were added. El Cortez remains one of the oldest establishments on Fremont Street and is the only establishment to continue operation under its original name. For more information, contact Shandi Huber, Kirvin Doak Communications, shuber@kirvindoak.com.


Caesars Palace Reveals New Appian Way Shops

Caesars Palace, the world-class destination resort and casino in Las Vegas, has announced a new lineup of stores in the newly remodeled Appian Way Shops. Spanning more than 22,000 square feet, the new Appian Way Shops features more than 15 distinctive stores, several of which can only be found right in the heart of Caesars Palace. One-of-a-kind stores such as Bottlehood, H•O•M•E and Jimmy Crystal have opened their flagship U.S. locations at Appian Way Shops, while brands like King Baby and P!Q are making their Las Vegas debuts. Popular stores such as Optica and Olive & Beauty are also expanding their presence in Vegas with new locations inside the shopping destination. Additional stores which have also undergone renovations include Emperor's Essentials, Carina, Vittorio, Travel Plus, Colosseum Cigars and Forever Flawless. For more information, contact Leslie Peterson, Caesars Entertainment, lpeterson@caesars.com.


2013 Las Vegas Bowl Set for Dec. 21

ESPN Regional Television, a subsidiary of ESPN, and the Las Vegas Bowl have announced that the 2013 game will be played Saturday, Dec. 21, at 12:30 p.m. PT at Sam Boyd Stadium. The 22nd Las Vegas Bowl will be televised nationally on ABC, featuring the top choice from the Mountain West against the fifth pick from the Pac-12 Conference. This will mark only the second time that the Las Vegas Bowl (formerly MAACO Bowl Las Vegas) will appear on ABC and first time since 2001 when Utah defeated USC 10-6. That game, which was played on Christmas Day, remains the highest-rated Las Vegas Bowl in history with a household TV rating of 4.7.  Last season, only one bowl game was broadcast by ABC (Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day). For more information, contact Mark Wallington, Las Vegas Bowl, mark.wallington@unlv.edu.


The Papillon Group Launches Helicopters & Harleys Tour for 2013 Season

Now available for a limited time, The Papillon Group is offering adventure enthusiasts the opportunity to journey from one side of the Grand Canyon to the other via motorcycle and helicopter. Created exclusively by The Papillon Group, the world's largest "flightseeing" company and in partnership with EagleRider, whose mission is to turn the dreams of adventure travelers into reality, the tours are currently available for booking via www.Papillon.com for guests of all ages through Nov. 5, 2013. As with all Papillon experiences, round-trip shuttle transportation is available from most Southern Nevada hotels and resorts. For more information, contact Marina Nicola, VOX Solid Communications, mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com


Legends in Concert at the Flamingo Las Vegas Celebrates 30 Years on the Strip

Legends in Concert, the pioneer of live tribute shows, recently celebrated 30 years in Las Vegas, becoming only the third show in Las Vegas history to cross this legendary milestone.  Throughout three decades, Legends has proudly produced more than 18,000 performances center Strip, entertained more than 6.5 million Las Vegas visitors and residents and performed before 30 million fans worldwide. More than 500 tribute artists have been featured in the Las Vegas version of Legends in Concert. The innovative production keeps its finger on the pulse of pop culture, unveiling new tributes in 2013 to musical powerhouses and ‘legends in the making,' including Adam Levine, Katy Perry and Michael Buble.  The ever-changing all-star cast is one of the important ingredients of this Vegas institution's enormous success and reaffirms the show's reputation:  experiencing Legends just once is never enough. For more information, contact Molly Cornyn, Caesars Entertainment, mcornyn@caesars.com.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week to Celebrate Five Years in Las Vegas

NASCAR announced recently that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards - the annual culmination of Champion's Week - will be held Dec. 6 at Wynn Las Vegas. From 1981 until 2008, NASCAR held its year-ending premier series awards show in New York City. In 2009, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards moved to Las Vegas where it has been held ever since, triggering an entertainment evolution for the fan-favorite show. For more information, contact Jacklyne Ramos, NASCAR, jramos@nascar.com.


Las Vegas Philharmonic Presents an Independence Day Celebration at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

The Las Vegas Philharmonic will bring back and expand upon a beloved tradition in July when it presents a new Independence Day celebration called 4th with the Phil at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.  The celebration on July 4 will include a family fun day held in Symphony Park, a Pops concert held in Reynolds Hall and a fireworks display over the park, located in downtown Las Vegas.  It will be the first Fourth of July concert in three years for the orchestra and marks the philharmonic's 15th birthday. For more information, contact Jennifer Scott, Las Vegas Philharmonic, news@lvphil.com


The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel Joins Lexington Legacy Hotel Collection

Lexington by Vantage, a collection of Inns, Hotels and Suites, is pleased to announce that the award-winning D Las Vegas Casino Hotel on the world-famous Fremont Street Experience has joined the brand as a Lexington Legacy hotel. The D opened in October 2012, delivering the fresh, energetic attitude and fun atmosphere synonymous with downtown Las Vegas, which is undergoing an exciting resurgence with new restaurants, entertainment venues and attractions. Its owners have now chosen to affiliate with the Lexington Legacy brand, which allows the D to maintain its name and independence while enjoying the comprehensive resources of Lexington's parent company, Vantage Hospitality, which has more than 1,000 hotels worldwide. For more information, contact Al Cohen, Vantage Hospitality, acohen@vantagehospitality.com.


The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Unmask Summer with CARNEVALE

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will come alive with the fantasy, food, fun and romance of Italy during CARNEVALE, a three-month celebration of the summer festivals of Italy, May 27 through Sept. 8, 2013.  Based on the highly successful premier in 2012, the festival will be expanded to feature 300 experiences throughout the summer, including many exclusively for The Venetian and The Palazzo guests and Grazie members. CARNEVALE is inspired by the numerous festivals that grace the small villages and towns of Italy throughout summer.  The grandest of them all - Venice's CARNEVALE - was born in 1162, and is heralded as one of Europe's greatest celebrations of art, food and culture.  In that tradition, wonder and revelry will surround guests at The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts, with entertainment, art, fashion, games, sports, music and wine. For more information, contact Keith Salwoski, The Venetian Las Vegas, Keith.salwoski@ventian.com.


KRAVE Massive to Open June 15

Following its limited engagement at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Krave Massive, the world's largest gay nightclub, will open in downtown Las Vegas on June 15. Through its continued partnership with Caesars Entertainment, Krave Massive club-goers may soon be able to start booking "The Massive Package," entitling them to a bevy of benefits like shuttle service between venues, room accommodations, resort spa and health club access passes and admission for two to Krave Massive. When Krave Massive opens downtown at the Neonopolis, the 80,000-square-foot venue will feature: five themed dance rooms; 3opolis, the first 3D nightclub; three separate bars; a martini lounge; Guest House Theaters, the country's only LGBT movie theater Tickled Pink, a gay comedy club; a performing arts theater; a retail store; a lesbians-only dance lounge; and "Boots N Boys," a male revue show. For more information, contact Steven Le Vine, Grapevine PR, steven.levine@theprgrapevine.com.


First Open-Road American Muscle Car Experience Launches in Las Vegas

World Class Driving has launched the country's first open-road muscle car driving adventure in Las Vegas. The American Muscle Car Driving Experience invites you to get behind the wheel of supercharged hotrods like the 662 horsepower Shelby GT500 and the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8. Get ready to rev the fiercest engines on the winding streets of Red Rock Canyon in an All-American ride like nothing else. World Class Driving maps out Red Rock Canyon's most thrilling roads so drivers can unleash the jaw-dropping capabilities of its high-powered muscle cars. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications, nmounier@kirvindoak.com.


Temptation Sundays Returns to Luxor Pool for Fifth Year

This summer will be the hottest yet as Luxor brings back the longest-running Las Vegas LGBT pool party for a fifth year. Temptation Sundays is specially tailored for the LGBT community, but welcomes everyone looking for a great day poolside with high-energy music, games and drink specials. Guests can party like rock stars in deluxe cabanas complete with LCD TVs and refrigerators. To welcome guests, J.Son hosts and resident DJ Matt Lucio keeps the energy going every week. For more information, contact Brittany Harris, MGM Resorts International, bharris04@mgmresorts.com.  


Caesars Palace Now Offering Premium Wine on Tap

Guests at Caesars Palace may enjoy barrel-fresh wine on tap -- an innovative and virtually waste-free way to pour premium wines by the glass. Wine on tap enables restaurants and bars to maintain the freshness of wine compared to its bottled equivalent by utilizing stainless steel kegs that retain the quality and consistency intended by the vineyard pour after pour. The primary benefit of keg wine for customers is freshness. In a standard wine-by-the glass program, it could take hours or days to finish an opened bottle, increasing the threat of oxidation, which damages the taste of the wine and leads to spoilage and waste. By taking the bottle out of the equation, concerns about bottle variation, bottle shock and faulty corks are eliminated. Barrel-fresh wine connects to the taps by plastic tubing containing inert gas that pushes wine through the lines. This inert gas also protects the wines from oxidation by occupying the empty space in the keg. For more information, contact Michelle Monson, Caesars Entertainment, mmonson@caesars.com.