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OCTOBER 2013

October 1, 2013

Britney Spears Reveals Two-Year Residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

It's official. Britney Spears is heading to Las Vegas. One of pop music's biggest superstars revealed the much-anticipated announcement with a live interview on ABC's Good Morning America. Britney will simultaneously usher in a new era of entertainment in Las Vegas along with the new year, as the show debuts over New Year's Eve weekend on Friday, Dec. 27. "Britney: Piece of Me" is not only for die-hard fans, but for anyone who enjoys pop theater at its finest. Presented in a fully-reconstructed theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, the show will feature one of the largest indoor immersive stage productions in the world, creating what will be the most cutting-edge pop concert experience ever produced for Las Vegas. While the stage production is dazzling, the intimately-sized theater will allow audiences to see Britney as they've never seen her before. In keeping with Britney's style and innovation, "Britney: Piece of Me" is a marriage of high-end fashion and state-of-the-art technology, housed in a nightclub/theater complete with exclusive table and bottle service. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, Caesars Entertainment, kfrey@caesars.com.

 

MGM Grand Announces Significant Expansion of Delos-Designed Wellness Hotel Rooms

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate, continue to set the standard in healthy hospitality with the expansion of Stay Well, the world's first-ever wellness hotel rooms. After an overwhelmingly positive response and strong occupancy since inception, Stay Well at MGM Grand is expanding from 42 to 171 rooms and suites to encompass the entire14th floor of the hotel's main tower. For more information, contact Stacy Hamilton, MGM Resorts International, shamilton@mgmresorts.com.

 

Las Vegas' Legendary Nightspot Ghostbar at Palms Casino Resort Receives Sleek Makeover

Ghostbar, the boutique nightclub located on the 55th floor of the Ivory Tower at Palms Casino
Resort, has a whole new look, just in time for the return of Ghostbar Dayclub (GBDC). The cold-weather answer to Vegas' wildly popular pool parties, launches its third season on Oct. 19 in the newly renovated ultra-lounge, promising to amp up its exuberant daytime escapades to match the sleek and sexy new look of the hot spot that elevated Palms to the spotlight of Las Vegas nightlife. Part of the $50 million renovation that has transformed Palms, the new Ghostbar has been given a head-to-toe makeover in a palette of black, white and striking fuschia. With dramatic Murano-style chandeliers, smooth leather banquettes with ornate wood carved legs, 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and its signature panoramic views of the Strip surrounded by lush greenery on the skydeck, Ghostbar's new look brings it back to the upper echelon of Las Vegas nightlife. For more information, contact Lindsay Feldman, Palms, pr@palms.com.

 

Fremont Street Experience to Host Fifth Annual OktoberFrightFest

Fremont Street Experience will once again transform itself for the Fifth Annual OktoberFrightFest, combining Oktoberfest and Halloween for the ultimate street party, taking place Oct. 7-31. The spooktacular festivities will include free performances from the popular stage production show "Frank & The Steins," Viva Vision light and sound shows themed to "Time Warp" and "Monster Mash" and the fourth annual Fall Beer Festival at Golden Nugget Oct. 18-19. For more information, contact Rachel Diehl, Preferred Public Relations, Rachel@preferredpublicrelations.com.

 

VooDoo Zip Line Soars Into Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Early November

VooDoo Zip Line, Las Vegas' first and only zip line attraction to offer breathtaking views of the
world-renowned Las Vegas Strip, will debut at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in early November. Created by New Capital Ventures, VooDoo Zip Line will connect the two towers of the Rio. The Las Vegas attraction will begin on the patio of VooDoo Steakhouse, located on the 50th floor of the Masquerade Tower, and will propel riders at speeds of up to 33 miles per hour to the adjoining 20-story Ipanema Tower. Guests will make a return trip back to the starting point, traveling backwards at 20 miles per hour. The feet-dangling, adrenaline rush will accommodate two riders at once, more than 490 feet above the ground. Offering one of the best views of Las Vegas, VooDoo Zip Line will boast a 360-degree panorama of the Strip and scenic views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The heart-pumping adventure will cover one-third of a mile in one minute and 10 seconds. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications, lrathjen@kirvindoak.com.

 

Buddy V's Ristorante Set to Open October 7 Inside Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian|Palazzo

Renowned baker Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro will open his first restaurant inside Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian|Palazzo, partnering with veteran restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and
Chef Kim Canteenwalla to bring a taste of Valastro's family gatherings and beloved heirloom recipes to The Las Vegas Strip. Offering new twists on Italian-American classics and family favorites, the Buddy V's menu will also stay true to Buddy's baking roots with timeless treats. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus, Alissa@prpluslv.com.

 

Pink Jeep Tours Las Vegas Launches New Red Rock Tour in 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. The tour includes a scenic drive and off-road tour, and even an optional horseback ride. For more information, contact Brittany Moore, Pink Jeep Tours, brittanys@pinkjeep.com.

 

Life is Beautiful Festival Releases Lineup and Single Day Ticket Sales

Life is Beautiful Festival has released a limited quantity of single day general admission and
single day VIP tickets for sale on Ticketmaster.com. Priced at $95 and $209.50 (plus taxes and fees) for general admission and VIP respectively, single day tickets are available for both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, 2013. A limited number of VIP tables and cabanas are also on sale. A basic schedule featuring musical acts, chefs, artists and speakers is available at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com. For more information, contact Chelsea Ryder, Langdon + Flynn Communications, Chelsea@langdonflynn.com

 

Garth Brooks Returns to Wynn Las Vegas for a Limited Set of Engagements

Following a series of sold out performances over the summer; Wynn Las Vegas has announced the return of Garth Brooks to the Encore Theater for a special limited engagement. Garth Brooks will perform a total of eight shows Oct. 18-19 and Nov. 8-9. For more information, contact Deanna Pettit-Irestone, Deanna.irestone@wynnlasvegas.com.

 

FEI World Cup Finals to Return to Las Vegas

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Las Vegas Events, Inc. (LVE) have announced that the FEI World Cup Finals in
both show jumping and dressage will return to Las Vegas in 2015. Las Vegas will host the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final at the Thomas & Mack Center, April 15-19, 2015. This will mark the sixth time that Las Vegas will host the FEI World Cup Finals following 2000 and 2003 when it hosted the Jumping Finals, and 2005, 2007 and 2009 when it hosted both the Jumping and Dressage Finals. The three combined Finals in Las Vegas were the first times that the world's premier annual championships in the two
Olympic equestrian disciplines were held concurrently. For more information, contact Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events, Michael@lasvegasevents.com.

 

PBA World Series of Bowling Returns to South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

The South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas will again host a record-breaking Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling when the fifth edition of the sport's premier showcase for professional bowling competition is conducted Oct. 25-Nov. 3. The World Series of Bowling will again feature five PBA Tour tournaments, including the PBA World Championship, all to be telecast by ESPN. 240 of the world's best professional bowlers, representing a record 21 countries will begin competition in the PBA Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Viper Championships - leading into the PBA World Championship. Nations represented in the World Series of Bowling for the first time are Argentina, Bermuda, Czech Republic, Ecuador and Ireland. Returning countries in addition to the U.S. include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, Finland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Venezuela. For more information, contact Jerry Schneider, PBA, jerry.schneider@pba.com.

 

Australia's JUCY Rentals Opens in Las Vegas

JUCY rentals, one of Australasia's leading and fastest growing independent tourism brands, has just introduced their concept of custom designed campervans to the US market with initial locations in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. These retrofitted minivans (Chrysler Town & Country or Dodge Caravan) have been fully outfitted to accommodate a family of four, two couples or a group of friends with every conceivable amenity for entertainment, dining and roadside fun that are similar to those found in much larger RVs. As a matter of fact, they actually do have a kitchen sink. JUCY campervans also come with everything you need for a fun and comfortable road trip, including a dual gas cooker, compressor fridge, cold water and waste water tanks and tables for dining or having a picnic. Cutlery, dinnerware, linens, pillows, towels, as well as cooking and kitchen utensils are also available. For entertainment, there is a CD player as well as an LCD-TV / DVD player. For more information, contact Debra Kelman Loew, Robertson Solutions, debra@robertsonsolutions.com.

 

Swiss Carrier Edelweiss to Launch Las Vegas Service

Las Vegas will soon host its first scheduled nonstop service from Switzerland following an announcement that Edelweiss Air will make McCarran International only the second U.S. airport in its growing international network. The carrier's Las Vegas service will initially operate on Mondays and Fridays beginning May 5, 2014. It will utilize 275-seat Airbus A330 aircraft to
and from Zürich's Kloten Airport. For more information, contact Alain Chisari, Edelweiss Air, alain.chisari@flyedelweiss.com.

 

Sands Expo, The Venetian and The Palazzo Reach Green Milestone for Meetings & Conventions

The meetings complex that includes Sands Expo and the Congress Center at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas has further solidified itself as a true industry leader by being  named  the first venue in the world to achieve the advanced "level two" industry certification for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows and conferences. The certification - called Level Two Certification to the ASTM Standard - is a designation of the meeting industry's comprehensive standards for environmentally sustainable meetings, created through a partnership of the Convention Industry Council's APEX initiative and ASTM International. For more information, contact Keith Salwoski, The Venetian, keith.salwoski@venetian.com.

 

Las Vegas' Food & Wine All-Star Weekend Returns to Bellagio, ARIA and MGM Grand

The fourth annual FOOD & WINE All-Star Weekend, hosted by Bellagio, ARIA and MGM Grand, returns to Las Vegas Oct. 4-6 with new programming and even more talented culinary superstars. Renowned sommeliers and mixologists, along with celebrity chefs such as Joël Robuchon, Michael Mina and Shawn McClain, will collaborate on epicurean events as they engage guests in an agenda full of culinary fun. The action-packed weekend includes an educational wine class on Syrah with a Master Sommelier, a cooking demo on how to make sushi ten ways, a once-in-a-lifetime dinner with a Michelin-starred chef, a lively pizza party and more. For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts International, afarkas@mgmresorts.com.

 

PBR Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Las Vegas with the 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals

For the 20th consecutive year, the world's top bull riders and the fiercest bucking bulls in
the business return to Las Vegas for the richest bull riding event on the planet, the 2013 Built Ford Tough World Finals on Oct. 23-27 at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. The World Finals offers a total purse of $2.2 million, including a $1 million bonus to the 2013 PBR World Champion, who also receives the coveted World Champion belt buckle. The World Finals will consist of six rounds of competition featuring the PBR's Top 35 bull riders, each riding one bull per night during rounds 1-5 from Wednesday through Sunday. The scores from the five rides will then be combined, and the Top 15 riders will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, following the completion of Round 5 on Sunday, Oct. 27. The rider with the highest total score for the six rounds will earn the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals event title. For more information, contact Jordan Marie Johnson, PBR, jjohnson@pbr.com.

 

PGA Tour Returns to Las Vegas 

Adding to a legacy of more than 30 years of professional golf in Las Vegas, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is returning for the annual PGA TOUR stop Oct. 14-20 at TPC Summerlin. Now a part of the FedExCup regular series, this year's tournament will award full FedExCup points and feature an increased purse of $6 million with a winner's share of $1,080,000. Additionally, for the first time, the champion will receive an invitation to compete in the Masters beginning in 2014. For more information, contact Alison Monaghan, Kirvin Doak Communications, amonaghan@kirvindoak.com.