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MAY 2014

May 1, 2014

Flyers Can Zip Now, Zoom Soon on SlotZilla at Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience invites the public to Zip Now, Zoom Soon on the world's most unique zipline - SlotZilla. The new iconic attraction, built over the past 14 months at a cost of $12 million, is opening in two phases with the lower Zipline now open and the upper Zoomline opening later this spring. The attraction features two thrill levels, a lower Zipline and an upper Zoomline. Flyers on the Zipline will take off from the lower tier of the tower, 77 ft. high and zip in a traditional seated-harness position on an 850 ft. flight - half the length of Fremont Street Experience. Flyers on the Zoomline will be launched from 114 ft. high and zoom in a horizontal "superman" position 1,700 ft. across the entire length of Fremont Street Experience. For more information, contact Rachel Diehl, Preferred Public Relations, rached@preferredpublicrelations.com


MGM Resorts Expanded Plans for "The Park" In Las Vegas

MGM Resorts International has unveiled expanded plans and the first look at programming for its dynamic park, dining and entertainment district taking shape on the west side of The Strip. Creating an interactive neighborhood environment, The Park will connect New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts and the new 20,000-seat world-class Las Vegas arena currently in development by MGM and AEG. New York-New York and Monte Carlo both are undergoing significant transformations of their Strip-facing experiences into robust plaza environments featuring casual eateries, bars, restaurants and retail destinations that will ultimately lead to The Park. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications, nmounier@kirvindoak.com.


Station Casinos Investing More Than $35 Million in Red Rock Resort

Station Casinos LLC will invest more than $35 million this year in its flagship property, Red Rock Resort, by introducing four new restaurant concepts, as well as enhancing other venues and amenities within the resort. Highlights of the $35 million-plus reinvestment include: four new restaurants, creation of Restaurant Row at Red Rock, The Shops at Summerlin Connector, suite upgrade, spa renovation and more over the next eight months. For more information, contact Lori Nelson, Station Casinos, lori.nelson@stationcasinos.com.


SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Opens Room Reservations 

Room reservations are now open for SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, the lifestyle-driven resort and casino by global hospitality leader sbe. The first rooms are available for booking beginning August 25 followed by the property's grand opening Labor Day Weekend. Guests can make reservations online at the newly launched property website, SLSLasVegas.com. SLS Las Vegas is the first Las Vegas hotel and casino by sbe and features more than 1,600 rooms and suites, spanning three distinctive towers designed to meet the needs of any guest, from convention-goers to luxury travelers and nightlife enthusiasts alike. Additionally, the property hosts 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and an imaginative mix of the most innovative sbe nightlife, dining and entertainment experiences under one roof. For more information, contact Michael Bertetto, SLS Las Vegas, Michael.bertetto@slshotels.com


Chef Daniel Boulud's DB Brasserie Now Open at The Venetian

Chef Daniel Boulud's db Brasserie has officially opened inside The Venetian Las Vegas. The restaurant, which Boulud calls his ‘ideal brasserie,' is an updated version of a French brasserie, with a contemporary twist and international appeal.  The opening marks one of the most  anticipated culinary events of the year - Boulud's return to the Las Vegas Strip. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus, Alissa@prpluslv.com


Blvd. Cocktail Company Now Open at The LINQ

BLVD. Cocktail Company, located at The LINQ, recently celebrated its grand opening. BLVD. Cocktail Company offers finely-crafted cocktails and an artistic escape into yesteryear with a 2,700-square-foot lounge and patio at The LINQ. On any given night, guests may enjoy live performances on a sleek baby grand piano along with the creative influences of the ‘cloud,' a custom art instillation by Gabriel Culp made from 14,000 light bulbs showcased by  LED lights. The cocktail menu features a collection of hand-crafted spirits and martinis by expert Boozologist Dan Marohnic. With a patio set in the heart of The LINQ, cocktail connoisseurs may enjoy their libations in the lively outdoor setting with breathtaking views of The High Roller. For more information, contact Sabrina Chapman, Wicked Creative, Sabrina.chapman@wickedcreative.com.


Mandalay Bay to Expand Convention Center to More Than Two-Million Square Feet

Strengthening its position as a leader in the meetings and convention industry, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino announced plans to expand its award-winning convention center. Based on demand for additional space, the resort will add new exhibit space, underground parking and increase overall square footage, creating a flexible and customer-focused convention facility in North America. Plans include the addition of more than 350,000 square feet of exhibit space as well as underground parking and more carpeted ballroom space. The new spaces will allow Mandalay Bay to grow current shows, pursue new and larger corporate partners and achieve greater utilization of the entire facility. Upon completion, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center will boast more than 2 million total square feet and 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space. This elevates its ranking in North America from No. 7 to No. 5 in total square feet and from No. 11 to No. 5 in square feet of exhibit space. For more information, contact Kaley Briesmaster, Kirvin Doak Communications, kbriesmaster@kirvindoak.com.


Luxor Welcomes Another Season of Temptation Sundays

Temptation Sundays turns up the heat on the hottest summer yet at Luxor Hotel and Casino. Hosted by J.Son from NakedBoyNews.com, the longest-running Las Vegas LGBT pool party begins May 18 and continues each Sunday through September 28. The top LGBT pool event in Las Vegas for tourists and locals alike, Temptation Sundays is specially tailored for the community, but welcomes everyone looking for a great day poolside with high-energy music and drink specials. For more information, contact David Gonzalez, MGM Resorts International, dgonzalez@mgmresorts.com.


Rock in Rio Announced MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil and Ron Burkle as Partners in the World's Biggest Music Festival, Coming to Las Vegas in 2015

Rock in Rio, the world's biggest music festival, has joined forces with entertainment giants MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil and Ron Burkle (The Yucaipa Companies) for the festival's U.S. debut in Las Vegas in May 2015. An alliance founded on a shared commitment to creating innovative entertainment, Rock in Rio, MGM Resorts and Cirque du Soleil will redefine the modern music festival for U.S. audiences with a monumental combination of the biggest names in music and a fully immersive entertainment experience, all housed in a spectacular, custom-made "City of Rock." The permanent open-air concert venue will be located on The Strip near the corner of Sahara Avenue and have the capacity for 80,000 people per day. The design and layout will be signature Rock in Rio, complete with five stages; themed streets boasting the sights, sounds and foods of Brazil, the U.S. and the United Kingdom; thrilling rides, including a zip line; food courts, shopping areas and other activities. After the festival, the incredible venue will remain for MGM Resorts to host other entertainment experiences for people from around the world. For more information, contact Scott Ghertner, MGM Resorts International, sghertner@mgmresorts.com.


Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar Now Open at The Quad Resort & Casino

The highly anticipated Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar is now open at The Quad Resort & Casino. Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar offers guests a taste of Fieri's signature cuisine, featuring bold flavors and unique twists on traditional dishes. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night dining, the 200 seat restaurant features a delicious blend of casual foods including an extensive variety of burgers, wings, tacos, small bites and shareable food items. For more information, contact Monika Bertaki, Caesars Entertainment, mbertaki@caesars.com. 


Kerry Simon to Open First Neighborhood Restaurant with Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas 

Carson Kitchen will combine the innovative cuisine of the city's first true local, celebrity chef, Kerry Simon, with the hipster vibe of downtown Las Vegas when it opens on the corner of 6th Street and Carson Avenue at South 124 6th St. in early June. A new American gastro-lounge, Carson Kitchen artfully celebrates food and drink through an ingredient-driven menu that provides innovative flavors for guests through progressive, yet approachable selections. Simon will also place an emphasis on sustainable ingredients, as well as locally sourced produce. For more information, contact Jennie Hendricks, Wicked Creative, jennie.hendricks@wickedcreative.com.


Royal India Bistro Opens at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Royal India Bistro shakes it up with the newly-designed restaurant inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Formerly known as the celebrated Gaylord India Restaurant, the restaurant features bold culinary offerings of authentic North Indian cuisine, allowing guests to truly spice up their taste buds. For more information, contact Flerine Atienza, Langdon Flynn Communications, flerine@langdonflynn.com


Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa Welcomes Mercadito

The expert team from Chicago-based Mercadito Hospitality has announced the expansion of Mercadito to the Las Vegas market at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa. In summer 2014, the group will introduce Mercadito Red Rock, heating up the dining options at the resort. Featuring the creative Mexican cuisine for which the concept has become known for, the location will span 5,500 square feet and will seat around 100 in the main dining room and 20 in the restaurant's lounge. The location will also feature an indoor/outdoor lounge that seats 50. For more information, contact Rosalind Congleton, Langdon Flynn Communications, Rosalind@langdonflynn.com.


New York-New York Hotel & Casino Brings Tom's Urban and Shake Shack to Dynamic  Pedestrian Plaza

New York-New York Hotel & Casino is turning up the flavor on its dynamic new plaza experience
with the addition of fan-favorite restaurants Tom's Urban and Shake Shack, opening December 2014. The restaurants will take the space currently occupied by The Sporting House (closing June 3), and join recently opened retail outlets Swatch, Stupidiotic, I Love NYNY and Starbucks, as well as Hershey's Chocolate World, which is opening this spring. The plaza is anchored by the property's famed Brooklyn Bridge. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications, nmounier@kirvindoak.com.


Michael Mina to Debut Bardot Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino 

This winter, James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina will unveil Bardot Brasserie in the space of American Fish at ARIA Resort & Casino. A nod to Hemingway's Paris, Bardot Brasserie will offer a place to start the evening with cocktails, celebrate with friends and enjoy lively afternoon brunches on the weekend. Offering lunch and dinner, the menu will pay homage to the café culture of Paris and will be a reflection of traditional brasserie fare featuring a roving shellfish cart, roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade, foie gras en croute and steak frites. For more information, contact Mollie Allick, Mina Group, mallick@minagroup.net


Las Vegas: The Game Begins Tour Operations 

When people come to Vegas they have expectations - dine well, look swank, win big - and have a wildly extravagant night they'll never forget. Dramatically changing the way Vegas vacations are done, Las Vegas: The Game offers customized nightlife experiences that promise to fulfill visitors' wildest dreams of living out Sin City's famous tagline. For more information, contact Gina Yager, Preferred Public Relations, gina@preferredpublicrelations.com.


Blue Man Group Offers Behind-the-Scenes Experience

Blue Man Group Las Vegas at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino now offers fans an in-depth exploration of its award-winning show with the new all-inclusive Onstage Experience for only $299 per person. Hosted by cast and crew members, the Onstage Experience takes guests on a never-before-seen backstage journey through the magical world of Blue Man Group, including a 90-minute onstage tour of the show's mind-blowing instruments and props. During the tour, patrons receive a one-of-a-kind music lesson on the show's signature PVC instruments; learn how to master Blue Man Group's famous marshmallow toss and much more. Guests are encouraged to bring their camera for various backstage photo opportunities. In addition, the package includes one Category A: Premium View ticket to any available performance, post show backstage experience with a private meet-and-greet, one complimentary drink inside the theater, one show T-shirt and one signature Blue Man Group luminescent souvenir. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications, lrathjen@kirvindoak.com