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November 1, 2013

Panda! Takes Audiences on a Visually Stunning Journey at The Palazzo Las Vegas,
Beginning This December

PANDA!, an unprecedented theatrical spectacular, will make its world premiere at The Palazzo Las Vegas this December. The first ever Chinese-produced show to take up a Las Vegas residency, PANDA! promises to dazzle the senses by combining high-flying acrobatics, kung fu mastery, music, and dance, transporting audiences to a realm of Far Eastern folklore. For more information, contact Keith Salwoski, The Venetian | The Palazzo, keith.salwoski@venetian.com.


Re:lax Spa Now Open at Aliante Casino + Hotel

Aliante Casino + Hotel, a AAA Four Diamond Resort, has officially opened the luxurious new re:lax spa. The 3,500-square-foot re:lax spa - with the mantra "renew, recharge and revive" - features eight massage rooms, several VIP rooms, exclusive couples' rooms, wet rooms, his and her locker rooms and a first-class steam room and sauna. Services are highlighted by an extensive list of massages and full-body therapy procedures, including a traditional Swedish massage, hot stone massage, green tea wrap, Moroccan body therapy, deep blue deep tissue massage and a warm sugar scrub. For more information, contact Jennie Hendricks, Wicked Creative, jennie.hendricks@wickedcreative.com


Morton Group to Open New Restaurant at MGM Grand

The Morton Group, led by restaurateurs Michael and Jenna Morton, will debut CRUSH eat, drink, love, in early December at MGM Grand. A celebration of food, drinks and friends, CRUSH will offer a welcoming, dynamic setting fueled by the celebrated cuisine of Executive Chef William DeMarco and an expertly curated list of wine, spirits and beer. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner. For more information, contact Jennie Hendricks, Wicked Creative, jennie.hendricks@wickedcreative.com


Ethel M Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Holiday Cactus Garden

This year, Ethel M Chocolates is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their beloved Holiday Cactus Garden. The Ethel M Holiday Cactus Garden will open for the season on Nov. 13 and remain open through Jan. 1. The public is always welcome at no charge. The garden will be lit nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Additionally, visitors can peek in on the factory in full holiday swing, where Ethel M Chocolates are crafted using time-honored methods and only the finest ingredients. For more information, contact Niki Reid, SK+G Public Relations, niki.reid@skgadv.com.


Air Canada rouge Boosts Toronto/Montreal Service to Las Vegas

Las Vegas recently welcomed the inaugural Air Canada rouge non-stop flight from Toronto, marking the beginning of new higher capacity flights to Las Vegas from both Toronto and Montreal. The Air Canada rouge brand will increase seat capacity on the former Air Canada flights by 13 percent and will now offer more service from these two major Canadian cities than any other carrier. For more information, contact Jesse Davis, LVCVA, jdavis@lvcva.com.


The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Host the Master Chefs of France for a Prestigious Culinary Celebration

For the first time since its inception, the 59th General Assembly of French Master Chefs - "Maitres Cuisiners de France" - will bring their worldwide meetings to the United States, March 5-9, 2014. The event will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the American and Canadian delegations and the U.S. Chapter of "l'Academie Culinaire De France" (ACF). The five-day event will be held at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas. The Venetian and The Palazzo Executive Chef Olivier Dubreuil is also a Master Chef of France. It was through his hard work and dedication to the organization that his invitation to bring the meetings to America was accepted.  For more information, contact Claudine Grant, The Venetian Las Vegas, Claudine.grant@venetian.com.


New Meeting Space Opens at Vdara Hotel & Spa

Silk Road at Vdara has been redesigned and reimagined into a 6,500-square-foot contemporary and flexible meeting space, ideal for intimate gatherings.  From board meetings, social gatherings, cocktail receptions, banquets and weddings, Silk Road offers an exclusive and intimate group setting within the internationally inspired all-suite hotel and spa. For more information, contact Sandy Zanella, MGM Resorts International, szanella@mgmresorts.com.


Glittering Lights Illuminates the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2013 Holiday Season

Glittering Lights, the beloved holiday drive-through spectacular, will once again illuminate the
Las Vegas Motor Speedway from Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. It will feature more than 400 animated, energy-efficient LED lights along a 2.5-mile racetrack. For more information, contact Daffodil Flores, Preferred Public Relations, daffodil@preferredpublicrelations.com.


Delta Launched New Seattle Service to Las Vegas

Delta Air Lines will offer increased service to Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, beginning next year. The new service is designed to provide customers access to the airline's growing trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific network from its global gateway in Seattle. The expanded service will include two additional flights to Las Vegas for a total of three daily nonstop flights beginning Jan. 6, 2014, increasing to five daily nonstop flights on April 1, 2014. For more information, visit delta.com.


Pink Jeep Tours Las Vegas Launches New Red Rock Tour in the Iconic Open-Air Jeep Wrangler

Out of this world seclusion allows one to take a moment from life just to appreciate the stunning
raw nature of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. That is what awaits guests who embark upon Pink Jeep Tours' brand new Red Rock Canyon with Rocky Gap Adventure tour. For the first time, Pink Jeep Tours will offer an off-road adventure in their iconic open-air Jeep Wrangler vehicle. An upgrade option is available to guests to experience a special horseback ride and Jeep tour package. After the Rocky Gap Adventure, tour guests will saddle up for an exclusive trail ride at Bonnie Springs Ranch, which is the home of Old Nevada Western town. Guests will make their way through the Red Rock Mountains with outstanding views of the Mohave Desert. For more information, contact Brittany Moore, Pink Jeep Tours, brittanys@pinkjeep.com.


Caesars Entertainment to Modernize Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas

Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas, the most iconic and longest-running show on the Las Vegas Strip,
will undergo a major transformation in early 2014. Leading the charge in ushering the show into the contemporary age is Frank Gatson Jr., one of the most celebrated creative directors and choreographers in the world who has worked with a who's who list of today's hottest artists. Gatson will work hand-in-hand with the cast and crew of Jubilee! to bring a bold, fresh new twist to the production while staying true to the spirit of the original show. While the best of the show's main elements will be preserved as a nod to the past, including the signature costumes and a number of the most iconic sets, the choreography, staging and music will be refreshed for today's audience. The re-launch of the show will occur in spring 2014. For more information,
contact Kelly Frey, Caesars Entertainment, kfrey@caesars.com.  


The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Host Winter in Venice Holiday Celebration

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas are home to Winter in Venice, the third-annual celebration of the winter holiday season on the Las Vegas Strip, called "A Gift of The Venetian."  With 49 days of seasonal experiences throughout both resorts, Winter in Venice is the ultimate destination for a holiday getaway, running Nov. 18, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014.  A schedule of Italian-inspired experiences will include a new nightly entertainment spectacle, whimsical character performances, a stunning 3D light projection show, and an elaborate Winter in Venice fantasy scene in The Palazzo Waterfall Gardens.  New this year - several weekend events will feature world-class experiences for "foodies," including the new La Cucina Italiana Food & Wine Festival, Dec. 5-8. In addition, a guest favorite - the romantic skating rink above The Venetian's iconic outdoor Grand Canal - will return. For more information, contact Keith Salwoski, The Venetian | The Palazzo, keith.salwoski@venetian.com.


Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Welcomes New Dining and Retail Outlets

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino ushers in 9,192 square-feet of new tenants with the openings of four new dining and retail destinations - Meatball Spot, Ketchup Premium Burger Bar, Tervis and Shoe Palace. For more information, contact Brad Seidel, Kirvin Doak Communications, bseidel@kirvindoak.com


Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Expands Presence in Las Vegas

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is opening its second Las Vegas restaurant in January. The new location opening at Town Square on Las Vegas Boulevard will boast fresh and creative design elements, among other new amenities. This new location is perfect for guests looking for an innovative fine-dining experience, dry-aged steaks cooked-to-perfection and the opportunity to choose among an extensive wine list that includes more than 100 wines by the glass amidst the vibrancy and spirit of Las Vegas. For more information, contact Michelle St. Angelo, Langdon Flynn Communications, michelle@langdonflynn.com


World Food Championships Take Over Downtown Las Vegas

The World Food Championships (WFC) are slated to take over the Fremont Street Experience, the Fremont East District and Downtown 3rd District, Nov. 7-10, where more than 400 competitors will seek ultimate bragging rights and their piece of the event's $300,000 prize purse. The second annual World Food Championships will invite the champions from some of the biggest and best food competitions around the world to Las Vegas for one ultimate defining moment. Following a tournament-style format across seven iconic food categories, BBQ, chili,
burger, sandwich, recipe, dessert and bacon, competitors will battle for their chance to claim the World Food Champ title. For more information, contact Jeff Morris, jeffm@trybtargeting.com.


2013 Latin GRAMMY Awards Return to Las Vegas 

The 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will heat up Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Nov. 21 as today's hottest Latin artists take center stage. This marks the sixth time Las Vegas will host the international showcase of Latin music. For more information, please visit www.latingrammy.com.


The Rock ‘n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon Returns to Las Vegas

The Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon Series returns Las Vegas for the 2013 Rock ‘n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon. Runners will span across all eight lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard on Sunday night, November 17, exclusively shutting down the neon-lit Strip in epic fashion and maintaining the title of World's Largest Nighttime Running Event.  For more information,
visit www.stripatnight.com.


Wendy's 3 Tour Challenge Returns to Rio Secco Golf Club

Since 1992, the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge has been the only professional golf tournament that pits three players from the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours against each other in competitive, head-to-head threesomes for Tour bragging rights. Each threesome consists of one player from each Tour competing in two separate, nine-hole stroke play matches. This year, the Tour returns to Rio Secco Golf Club Nov. 12 with the teams competing for a total purse of $1 million. For more information, visit www.wendys3tour.com.


Indian National Finals Rodeo Returns to Las Vegas

The 2013 Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR) will return to the South Point Arena for the sixth year Nov. 5-9. This year's event will include three performances of the junior/senior finals as well as seven exciting performances of Indian Professional Rodeo at its best. For more information, visit www.infr.org.


Fourth Annual Cirque Week 2013 Scheduled for Nov. 9-16

Back by popular demand, Cirque du Soleil presents the fourth annual Cirque Week, offering fans the experience of a lifetime with access to a series of exclusive events. Cirque Week offers fans the opportunity to get an all-access look into how these extraordinary shows come to life nightly. Cirque Week packages are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueweek. For more information, contact Ann Paladie, Cirque du Soleil, ann.paladie@cirquedusoleil.com.


Nevada Governor's Conference on Tourism Scheduled for Dec. 3-5

Members of the Nevada tourism industry will converge at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Dec.
3-5, 2013 for the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism. The conference will feature internationally renowned speakers, business-building opportunities and critical insights into  branding and technology to help boost sales and marketing efforts. The conference also features Gov. Brian Sandoval's annual address to the tourism industry as well as a welcome from Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, the chairman of the Nevada Commission on Tourism. To register, visit governorsconference.org. For more information, contact Angela Froelich, Nevada Commission on Tourism, afroelich@travelnevada.com.