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MAY 2012

May 3, 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, chrisjo@mccarran.com.

Las Vegas Car Stars-Knight Rider Festival Returns to Fremont Street
Las Vegas Car Stars-Knight Rider Festival will once again return to Fremont Street May 18-19 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic television show Knight Rider. Visitors will be treated to special appearances by celebrities, legendary vehicles from TV and movie history, classic cars and vintage hotrods. For more information, contact Paul Casey, Paul Casey Entertainment, picproductions@aol.com.

Las Vegas to celebrate the 'Power of Travel' during National Travel and Tourism Week
National Travel and Tourism week is scheduled for May 5-13, and now more than ever, is the time to spread the message about the importance of travel and tourism. The industry generates more than $40 billion and supports 370,000 jobs in Southern Nevada. For more information, contact Hetty Chang, LVCVA, hchang@lvcva.com.

Vegas Uncork'd Takes Over Las Vegas Stri
The 6th annual culinary celebration, Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit, will take over the Las Vegas Strip May 10-13, 2012. Sixty restaurants, 50 chefs, 30 sommeliers, 30 events, and four extraordinary resorts will come together for one incredible weekend. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas joins the program, while Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and Mandalay Bay have expanded their programming. For more information, contact Kate Turner Whiteley, Kirvin Doak Communications, kturner@kirvindoak.com.

NBA Summer League Returns to Las Vegas
NBA Summer League returns to action July 13-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Launched in 2004 as the Las Vegas Summer League, the inaugural event featured six NBA teams playing a 13-game slate. The NBA joined forces with the original event organizers in 2007, and the summer showcase has expanded exponentially since its inception. Tickets for the 2012 NBA Summer league will go on sale June 1, at 10 a.m. PDT through UNLVtickets.com. For more information, contact Laura Herlovich, PR Plus, laura@prplus.com.

Historic California Hotel and Casino to Celebrate May Day with 15th Annual Lei Day Polynesian Festival
The California Hotel and Casino will host the 15th Annual Lei Day Polynesian Festival on May 5 and Sunday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The annual Polynesian festival brings together musicians, dancers, artists, craftsmen and food and beverage vendors to showcase the very best of Hawaii. For more information, contact Jasen Woehrle, The Firm Public Relations, jasenw@thefirmpr.com.

Billboard Music Awards 2012 Returns to Las Vegas
The 2012 Billboard Music Awards will be broadcast live on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20, 2012. Performances are scheduled for Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, LMFAO, The Wanted and others to be announced. For more information, visit www.billboard.com.

Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas Opens Friday, May 11
Gordon Ramsay Steak, internationally-renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay's first restaurant in Las Vegas, will open Friday, May 11 at Paris Las Vegas. Gordon Ramsay Steak will offer guests a fresh, high-energy modern steakhouse environment that playfully transports guests from Paris to London. The menu will change seasonally drawing on the
best product available at the time giving visitors new tastes upon every return. For more information, contact Taylor Shields, Caesars Entertainment, tshields@caesars.com.

Jabbawockeez Dance into New Venue at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
World-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez will begin performing its celebrated show "MÜS.I.C." in an 800-seat tent adjacent to the resort's porte cochère beginning the first week in June through September. In spring 2013, the Jabbawockeez make a permanent move to Luxor Hotel and Casino. The crew will bring a new experience to Las Vegas visitors when it moves into a brand new, state-of-the-art theater with custom-designed staging and a completely new show. For more information, contact Katharine Sherrer, MGM Resorts International, ksherrer01@mgmresorts.com.

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 press@insomniac.com.

'Rock of Vegas' Summer Concert Series Coming to Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience announced its summer concert series "Rock of Vegas" with an entertainment lineup of legendary rock 'n' rollers from the 1980s. The free eight-concert series in Downtown Las Vegas will kick off Memorial Day Weekend with Vince Neil, legendary singer of Mötley Crüe, and runs through Labor Day Weekend with a performance by the ultimate glam metal rocker, Dee Snider, legendary singer of Twisted Sister. For a complete show schedule or more information, contact Rachel Diehl, Preferred Public Relations, Rachel@preferredpublicrelations.com.

Señor Frog's Las Vegas Opens Saturday, May 5
Señor Frog's Restaurant Bar & Clothesline will officially open its Las Vegas location, inside the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, on Saturday, May 5. Full of bright colors, sights, sounds, textures and fun, Señor Frog's will feature 22,000 square-feet of dining space, two VIP lounges, five bars and a large outdoor patio and offer prime views of the Las Vegas Strip and the steamy Sirens of TI show. For more information, contact Sara Talesfore, Langdon Flynn
Communications, sara@langdonflynn.com.

Carlos'n Charlie's Las Vegas is Officially Open
Carlos'n Charlie's Las Vegas inside the Flamingo Las Vegas is open to the public daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. The establishment is known for its party atmosphere and authentic Mexican cantina cuisine. Every patron will get to experience the flair bartenders, silly waiters and great food each time they visit. For more information, contact Alex Baum, PR Plus, alex@prpluslv.com.

Taylor Hicks to Headline at Bally's Las Vegas
Taylor Hicks, winner of American Idol's fifth season, will have an eight-week engagement headlining at Bally's Las Vegas beginning Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Hicks will play in The Indigo at Bally's Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, Caesars Entertainment, kfrey@caesars.com.

Bagatelle Beach & Nightclub Eyes Memorial Day Weekend for Grand Opening
Bagatelle America partners Remi Laba and Aymeric Clemente, along with The ONE Group, have announced a Memorial Day Weekend target opening for Bagatelle Beach & Nightclub at the New Tropicana Las Vegas. The group will introduce Las Vegas to the multi-sensory Bagatelle day-and-nightclub resort experience-including the original
Bagatelle Champagne party brunch made famous in New York's Meatpacking District-offering The Las Vegas Strip a taste of the Mediterranean. For more information, contact Ken Langdon, Langdon Flynn Communications, ken@langdonflynn.com.

Center Cut Steakhouse is Now Open at Flamingo Las Vegas
Center Cut Steakhouse, a contemporary dining experience, is the newest restaurant at Flamingo Las Vegas, now open from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. nightly. Located across from the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat and adjacent to Tropical Breeze Café, the venue accommodates up to 172 guests including the bar, lounge, restaurant and private dining
room featuring classic steakhouse favorites. For more information, contact Brandy Bell, Caesars Entertainment, bbell3@caesars.com.

Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas Now Open at The New Tropicana Las Vegas
Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas directed by Amy Tinkham and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, is playing now through July 7. This 80-minute live entertainment show brings the excitement of the ABC hit series Dancing with the Stars to life. The Tropicana Theater transforms into the Dancing with the Stars ballroom nightly, showcasing fan-favorite dances from past seasons along with new and thrilling routines. For more information, contact Michelle Kruczynski, Langdon Flynn Communications, michelle@langdonflynn.com.

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