Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Latest From Vegas

Mandalay Bay Redefining Resort with Property-Wide Transformation
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the destination that first brought a comprehensive resort experience to the Las Vegas Strip, is partnering with some of the leading brands in hospitality to redefine the resort experience with a property-wide transformation. The 120-acre resort is collaborating with brands such as Morgans Hotel Group to introduce Delano, Cirque du Soleil and The Light Group to refocus the spotlight on the property where guests shed the tourist mantel and envelop themselves in the "Resortist" experience. Mandalay Bay’s transformation began in early 2013 with the guest room renovation of the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas and the opening of Citizens Kitchen & Bar. During the next 10 months Mandalay Bay will introduce new amenities including restaurants, a visionary nightclub experience, a dynamic dayclub, a new show from Cirque du Soleil centered around the King of Pop, Michael Jackson and Delano Las Vegas, a new all-suite boutique hotel within the resort. For more information, contact Stacy Hamilton, MGM Resorts International,  

Cirque du Soleil to Begin Previews of Michael Jackson ONE
The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil have announced that Michael Jackson ONE will open and take residency exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Directed by Jamie King, Michael Jackson ONE will start its preview performances in May.  This entirely new show is the second creative project to be developed between Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson after the top grossing Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, currently playing arenas in Europe as it travels the world. For more information, contact Jeff Lovari, Cirque du Soleil,

Tourism Matters: Las Vegas celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week, May 4 -12
National Travel and Tourism Week is scheduled for May 4-12 and focuses on the importance of travel and tourism. The industry generates approximately $45 billion for the local economy and supports nearly half the jobs in Southern Nevada. Tourism week gives Las Vegas the chance to recognize the "unsung heroes" of the industry. These "Hospitality Heroes" are being surprised on-the-job during May. Las Vegas will also show support for the industry by wearing BLUE on Tuesday, May 7. For more information, click here.

KRAVE Massive Announces June 15 Opening
Following its successful 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 Pick, 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,

MGM Resorts Outlines Vision for Dynamic Entertainment District in Las Vegas 
MGM Resorts International has unveiled details about the experience it is creating in Las Vegas surrounding the world-class 20,000-seat arena under development in partnership with AEG.  Plans include new Stripside experiences at New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts and a public park leading to the new state-of-the-art arena. For more information, contact Kate Whitely, Kirvin Doak Communications,

Virgin America Launched New Route to Las Vegas 
Virgin America has launched daily nonstop flight service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport (LAS). The three daily roundtrip flights will add to the airline’s existing service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to LAS and from New York’s Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to LAS. With its custom-designed leather seats, food and cocktails on demand and touch-screen entertainment at every seat, Virgin America brings its stylish design and award-winning service to those seeking the perfect way to kick off a weekend getaway at some of the best resorts, restaurants and shopping destinations in the world. The estimated non-gaming economic impact from this new route is $91.9 million for the Las Vegas economy annually. For more information, contact Patricia Condon, Virgin America,

World-Renowned Entertainer Véronic to Launch Limited Engagement Resident Show 
Véronic DiCaire, the extraordinary singer, comedian and entertainer will be bringing her new show VÉRONIC Voices to the Jubilee! Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas for a limited engagement this summer June 20 through August 31. VÉRONIC Voices will feature the unique talents of Véronic, the only female tribute artist of her kind, paying homage to the most popular female recording artists in the world, like Lady Gaga, Madonna, Whitney, Adele, Pink and Celine. For more information, contact Kelly Frey, Caesars Entertainment,

The Light Group Announces Kumi at Mandalay Bay
The Light Group continues to redefine the Las Vegas food and beverage scene with the soon-to-debut Japanese restaurant, Kumi. With an opening scheduled for summer 2013, Kumi will join the recently introduced Citizens Kitchen & Bar and Red Square as the latest addition to Mandalay Bay’s dining scene. At Kumi, The Light Group will team up with Chef Toshiyuki Motoyama to offer fun and approachable Japanese cuisine for an American palate, while using fresh and innovative ingredients. Kumi is one of five new venues The Light Group is opening at Mandalay Bay in 2013. For more information, contact Casey Brennan, The Light Group,

Fremont Street Experience Announces Rock of Vegas Summer Concert Series Lineup
Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas concert series announces the lineup for May and June that will turn the legendary Downtown Las Vegas entertainment venue into summer’s alternative music destination.  Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the free concert series has become one of the most popular summertime events in Las Vegas. The current lineup includes: Theory of a Deadman; Fuel and Lit; Hinder; Summerland Tour 2013 Alternative Guitars starring Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge; and Puddle of Mudd. Additional bands will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact Rachel Diehl, Preferred Public Relations,

Morton Group Opens La Comida in Downtown Las Vegas 
La Comida invigorates the burgeoning Downtown Las Vegas dining scene with a menu inspired by the cosmopolitan fare of Mexico City. The latest creation by the Morton Group, led by restaurateurs Jenna and Michael Morton, La Comida blends authenticity and tradition with a delightfully funky vibe. The menu offers familiar Mexican cuisine using true traditional ingredients and cooking styles from various regions in Mexico with the sophisticated influence of Mexico City. For more information, contact Cara Zizzo, Wicked Creative,

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,

Mandalay Bay Announces 2013 Beach Concert Series
Each summer, music enthusiasts and outdoor lovers unite for the best of both worlds at the beach concert series at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The 2013 series kicks off this month featuring a wide range of musical genres and an outstanding lineup scheduled to run through September on the Mandalay Bay Beach stage. This season’s concerts will include: Gary Allan; Lifehouse; Bell Biv DeVoe; Grace Potter & The Nocturnals; Under the Sun featuring Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Smash Mouth, Vertical Horizon and Fastball; Lost 80’s Live featuring A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Animotion and Bow Wow Wow; Sublime with Rome; Ziggy Marley. For more information, contact Scott Ghertner, MGM Resorts International,

Spirit Airlines Begins New Service to Las Vegas
Spirit Airlines has begun daily nonstop ultra-low fare service from Baltimore/Washington and Philadelphia to Las Vegas. Spirit currently offers daily nonstop service from Las Vegas to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Oakland/San Francisco, San Diego and Portland, Oregon, as well as a variety of connections throughout the Americas. The new flights are estimated to bring a non-gaming economic impact of more than $74 million annually to Las Vegas. For more information, contact Misty Pinson, Spirit Airlines,

All-New Jabbawockeez Show “PRiSM” at Luxor Debuting May 18
The world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez dances into the brightest light on the Strip with preview performances of its all-new show, "PRiSM," beginning Saturday, May 18 at Luxor Hotel and Casino. A celebration of imagination, the show is an eclectic mix of awe-inspiring choreography, captivating storylines and stunning special effects, forming a production that challenges audiences to embrace the unexpected. For more information, contact Stephanie Chavez, Kirvin Doak Communications,

“Naughty Mommy” Maria Walsh Wins Nationwide Comic Search at Riviera Casino & Hotel
The Riviera Casino & Hotel crowned its next comic headliner after scouring through 226 submissions from around the country. Following more than a month of competitions, Maria Walsh, the "Naughty Mommy" from Long Island, N.Y., earned the title of "Riviera Next Comic Headliner" as part of the hotel’s 58th anniversary celebration. Walsh won a one-week gig at the Riviera Comedy Club and will headline June 17–23. For more information, contact Stephen Miller, Preferred Public Relations,

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Announces “Set Your Life to Music” Concert Series Lineup 
As the sun sets over The Strip each Thursday night, the Boulevard Pool deck comes to life with the energy of Las Vegas during the "Set Your Life to Music" series. From the aroma of the outdoor grills to the sounds of hand-crafted cocktails being stirred, guests can revel in the spirit of music at the intimate outdoor venue. Doors open at 7 p.m. with celebrated DJ Mike Attack spinning before headliners take the stage at 9 p.m. The "Set Your Life to Music" series features: New Beat Fund; Marina & The Diamonds; Yellowcard; JJAMZ; Matt & Kim; Iration; Ryan Bingham; Infected Mushroom; Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown; Twin Shadow; Makua Rothman;  Elan Atias; Theophilus London; Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros; Gary Clark, Jr.; and Fitz & The Tantrums. For more information, contact Kimberly Diller, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas,

American Muscle Car Challenge Opens in Las Vegas 
Featuring three models of classic American muscle cars at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, American Muscle Car Challenge by Richard Petty Driving Experience has hit the track with an all-new experience that puts speed-seekers in the driver’s seat of the hottest and fastest muscle cars in production today. Unlike any driving experience in the country, American Muscle Car Challenge appeals to muscle car enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike as guests are able to put the performance characteristics of America’s three favorite muscle cars, including the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, to the test. For more information, contact Jennifer Bradley, BRAINtrust Marketing + Communications,

California Hotel and Casino to Celebrate May Day with 16th Annual Lei Day Polynesian Festival
The California Hotel and Casino will host the 16th Annual Lei Day Polynesian Festival May 4-5 in downtown Las Vegas. The annual Polynesian festival brings together musicians, dancers, artists, craftsmen and food and beverage vendors to showcase the very best of Hawaii. Entry to the two-day event is free. For more information, contact Jasen Woehrle, The Firm Public Relations,

World-Famous Juicy Beach Parties to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for Summer Residency
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas expands its poolside options by launching a brand new residency with Robbie Rivera and his world-renowned Juicy Beach party. This marks the first ever residency for Juicy Beach outside of its Miami home base. The Juicy Beach lineup at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino includes Robbie Rivera, Stonebridge, Felix Cartal, Manuel De La Mare and Hot Mouth. Robbie and Monica Rivera present their high-energy, 17-hour event to Las Vegas at the one-and-only Paradise Beach in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, home of the famous original dayclub REHAB. Partygoers can expect the same unforgettable experience Juicy Beach is known for with top DJs providing the hottest dance music at the luxurious pool. Current dates include May 25, June 22 and July 6 with additional dates to be announced. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications,

House of Blues Launches All New Gospel Brunch
GRAMMY-award winning star and Gospel music icon Kirk Franklin is joining forces with House of Blues and its venues across the United States to create a new Gospel Brunch experience as part of its year-long 20th anniversary celebration. House of Blues Gospel Brunch has been a staple of Sunday morning entertainment around the country for more than two decades. Now, House of Blues has reinvented the renowned dining entertaining experience with even more spectacular interactive energy and excitement. Considered by many to be the most popular brunch experience in the country, Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch at House of Blues will be unveiled for the first time this Mother’s Day.  The new Gospel Brunch experience will be infused with the same kind of contemporary energy that has made Franklin the biggest selling Gospel music artist in the world. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus,

Lake Mead Cruises Announces Summer Schedule
Lake Mead Cruises offers a lineup of boat excursions on Lake Mead aboard the Desert Princess, a unique and delightful Mississippi River-style paddlewheel vessel. Guests can choose from several different excursions as they cruise in air conditioned comfort, enjoying the picturesque and natural surroundings of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Each cruise includes photo opportunities of the Hoover Dam and the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Cruise options include two daily 90-minute sightseeing excursions, evening dinner cruises and a champagne Sunday brunch. For more information, contact Earl Jobson, Lake Mead Cruises,

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Monday, April 2, 2012

More Vegas Activities

Founded in 1906, the Golden Gate - Las Vegas' original casino - is undergoing its first major expansion in 50 years. The landmark property in downtown Las Vegas will add a 35,000-square-foot, five-story luxury tower with 16 hotel suites, including two penthouses, an extended casino floor, a high-limit gaming pit and a new lobby where artifacts from the hotel's notable past will be displayed. The new tower will also feature a porte-cochere designed to provide convenient valet parking. Renovations are scheduled for completion by July 2012. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications,

U.S. Travel Association to Launch “Vote Travel” Bus Tour in Las Vegas
The U.S. Travel association, in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce will launch the 20,000-mile nationwide bus tour in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. The goal of this tour is to engage and inform elected officials across the country about the economic power of the travel industry. For more information, contact Jeremy Handel, LVCVA,

15th Annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender Returns to Las Vegas
The biggest Rockabilly party in the world, 20,000 expected attendees, returns to Las Vegas for the 15th annual celebration April 5-8, 2012 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino. The festivities kick off on Thursday, April 5th with multiple entertainment performances. Also included in the schedule are the Viva Las Vegas Car Show, burlesque competition, burlesque showcase, pool party, swimsuit contest, fashion show and many more fun-loving events. For more information, contact Alisha Alexander, Viva Las Vegas,

Laugh Factory Inks Deal at New Tropicana Las Vegas
The Laugh Factory and the New Tropicana Las Vegas are launching a multi-venue comedy experience at the Strip property. Fun World Media has partnered with Laugh Factory to build this new comedy empire and the first stage of the roll-out will be opening Laugh Factory Las Vegas, a comedy showroom starring the hottest comedians in the business. For more information, contact Ken Langdon, Langdon Flynn Communications,

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Debuts Spring Exhibition
Spring has sprung at Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, now open to the public through May 13. This year's theme, "Dutch Garden," features live musical performances from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. daily, a 26-foot-tall windmill, 11-foot-tall carousel and a floral interpretation of Claude Monet's Fisherman's Cottage on the Cliffs at Varengeville. For more information, contact Sara Gorgon, MGM Resorts International,

Red Rock Resort Announces Summer Concerts
The Red Rock Casino Amphitheatre at Red Rock Resort is a popular venue for summer concerts and has just announced the beginning of the seasonal shows. The Beach Boys have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary Tour and will stop in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 27 at 8 p.m. The second show announcement is Def Leppard with Poison and special guest Lita Ford on Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Lori Nelson, Station Casinos,

Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel Launches Live Web Streaming
Couples tying the knot in Las Vegas can now capture their special day live, on their very own personalized wedding website, when booking with Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. Each website will provide couples with live, web-streamed video broadcasting of their wedding, in real-time from a web browser, so family and friends can watch live from anywhere in the world. For more information, contact Leila Stoker, Turtle PR,

Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel Reveals New Name, Plans for Renovation
Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel in downtown Las Vegas is undergoing a dramatic transformation to become the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel, scheduled for completion in fall 2012. Renovations will include 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites, a two-level casino featuring both a modern and vintage gaming floor and two high-energy bars. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications,

Cirque du Soleil Announces Zarkana to Establish Residency at Aria Resort & Casino
Zarkana, the surreal acrobatic spectacle by Cirque du Soleil, will open at ARIA Resort & Casino with previews starting in October and an official opening slated for November. The production will take up residency at ARIA after Viva ELVIS ends its run in August. For more information, contact Ann Paladie, Cirque du Soleil,

New Restaurant Announced at Flamingo Las Vegas
Flamingo Las Vegas announced its newest restaurant, Center Cut Steakhouse, set to debut this April. The steakhouse will offer guests a posh eatery with favorites such as the 20-ounce rib-eye and the 24-ounce porterhouse, made with all natural premium beef. The beef will be provided by cows that are born and raised solely in the United States and are 100 percent hormone and steroid-free. In addition to mouth-watering steaks, the menu will offer a wide variety of seafood dishes and an assortment of delicious salads, sides and desserts. For more information, contact Brandy Bell, Caesars Entertainment,

Liza Minnelli to Perform at the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
One of America's true legends, Liza Minnelli, winner of four Tony awards, an Oscar, a special "Legends" Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy will once again perform at the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) May 12 in the LVH Theater. For more information, contact Katrina Nabong, LVH,

‘Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth – Live on Stage’ Begins Limited Run at MGM Grand
The electric one-man show is the no-holds-barred life story of the iconic boxer as it has never been told before. In an up-close-and-personal, theatrical setting featuring images, music and video, Tyson will share the stories of his life and experiences as a professional athlete and the controversies he faced in and out of the ring. The show will have a limited run with nightly performances at 8 p.m. April 13 - 18 inside the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications,

Tickets on Sale for Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Tickets for Las Vegas' official PGA TOUR event, Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, are on sale now. The weeklong charitable tournament kicks off on Sept. 30 at the masterfully designed TPC Summerlin, where guests escape into an oasis situated within the natural desert and surrounded by the Las Vegas skyline and Red Rock mountains. For more information, contact Alison Monaghan, Kirvin doak Communications,

Aria Resort & Casino Announces New Restaurant
Aria Resort & Casino announced that Javier's will join its culinary family late this summer. Javier's, a favorite hot spot for those in-the-know in Southern California and Los Cabos, Mexico, will introduce its regionally influenced Mexican cooking in an unrivaled setting. Javier's menu is inspired by cuisine from different regions of Mexico and will feature grilled seafood, steaks, chicken and a selection of vegetarian dishes. For more information, contact Ashley Farkas, MGM Resorts International,

Madame Tussauds Unveils Celine Dion Wax Figure
The newest figure in Madame Tussauds Las Vegas' roster, Celine Dion will reside in the attraction's Viva Vegas room. Dion's figure will rock the stage with microphone in hand and feature a re-creation of her natural, glowing stage makeup and flowing blonde locks. For more information, contact Brad Seidel, Kirvin Doak Communications,

20th Annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival Returns
Michael Schivo Presents has teamed up with The Oasis 105.7 Smooth Jazz and Power 88 to co-sponsor the 20th Annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz Festival on April 28-29, 2012. By popular demand, the festival will remain at Government Amphitheater. The lineup includes handpicked musicians to entertain throughout the day and night including Eric Benet, legendary band Morris Day and the Time, multi Grammy Award winner vocalist Melanie Fiona, the creative genius of vocalist Rahsaan Patterson and the vocalist destine to change pop R&B music Goeapole. For more information, please visit

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Monte Carlo

Everyone’s a VIP this March as Monte Carlo Resort and Casino marks a month-long celebration filled with contests, events and surprise giveaways during the resort’s self-proclaimed “National VIP Month.”

“National VIP Month at Monte Carlo is a fun and exciting way to celebrate and reward our guests,” said Anton Nikodemus, the resort’s president and COO. “Every guest is a VIP in our eyes, every day of the year and we look forward to celebrating them.”

Guests of Monte Carlo will have the opportunity to live like Vegas VIPs throughout the month with unexpected rewards. The surprises begin upon arrival as VIP room keys are intermixed with regular keys and are randomly distributed to lucky guests at check-in. These VIP keys unlock the fun with access to all-day happy hour at The Pub at Monte Carlo, 15% off select retail outlets, 20% off packages at Minus5 Ice Bar and 15% off food items at d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar and Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar.

On Thursdays throughout the month, masks from the world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez will be carefully hidden across Monte Carlo for savvy guests to find during social media scavenger hunts. Guests will be given a chance to win complimentary tickets to that evening’s performance.

The celebrations during VIP Month extend into several of Monte Carlo’s restaurants. Lucky diners will randomly be selected to top off their meal with a free entrée or beer at The Pub or a free appetizer at The Café. The party continues with two-for-one vodka martinis at Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge or 10% off their bill at d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar and Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar. VIPs can also keep it cool at Minus5 Ice Bar with two-for-one entry to the frozen hot spot throughout March.

Guests looking to get in on the special treatment are invited to reserve the VIP Room Package featuring accommodations up to 15% off, a VIP card to The Pub, 2-for-1 Raft Rentals at the pool, 2-for-1 Entrees at The Café and 20% off select spa services at The Spa. Expect a few cool surprises upon check-in too.

Culminating the celebration, the lucky 10,000th guest that checks in during March will be rewarded with the ultimate VIP experience - a complimentary upgrade to the exclusive HOTEL32, flowers upon arrival and a surprise greeting.

The month-long celebration at Monte Carlo will lead up to “National VIP Day” on March 26 (recognized nationally as Name Your Holiday Day) where lucky guests will randomly receive tickets to Jabbawockeez upon check-in while others may enjoy a complimentary dessert while dining at Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge.

VIP Month will go out with a bang March 31 at the complimentary VIP Pool Party for all Monte Carlo and New York-New York guests including those enjoying their Spring Break Escape package. Throughout the day DJs will spin the hottest beats as party-goers enjoy poolside BBQ, drink and cabana specials and cool giveaway items. A red carpet filled with fun props will be rolled out for all guests to capture those special VIP moments. Guests can enter online for a chance to win the “Vastly Impressive Penthouse” or other VIP experiences.

Packages are based on availability and subject to blackout dates. Guests must be 21 or older to reserve these offers. Packages are non-transferable and may not be used in conjunction with any other offers or promotions including those from other MGM Resorts International destinations. To book your Monte Carlo VIP Package, visit

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Vegas Happenings

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Debuts Pop-Up Wedding Chapel
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is welcoming weddings of all kinds to the new Strip-level wedding chapel. Packages begin at just $80 and include weddings, vow renewals and even faux ceremonies. Also available is a retail store with all of the necessities for a ceremony. For more information, contact Brad Seidel, Kirvin Doak Communications,

The Chuck Jones Experience Opens at Circus Circus
The Chuck Jones Experience is a nearly 10,000-square-foot place to learn about the art of animation. The Chuck Jones Experience takes visitors on a unique journey through Jones' life, engaging guests with interactive exhibits, displays and learning experiences along the way. The Experience is also home to the largest collection of original Chuck Jones animation and fine art anywhere in the world with more than 250 pieces on permanent display. For more information, contact Kim Sudhalter, Urban Legend PR ,

Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure Opens at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
After 14 successful years, Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure has expanded its operations with the opening of their new Las Vegas hub. The Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure offers racing fans the opportunity to race an authentic race car on a major racetrack. Guests will learn to race like NASCAR drivers, find the line, draft, and pass for optimum fun. Packages are available for a 4-lap ride along all the way up to a 60-lap driving experience. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus,

Oscar’s Beef • Booze •Broads Opens at Plaza Hotel & Casino
Former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman, opened Oscar's Beef · Booze ·Broads, a steakhouse inside the iconic dome of the Plaza Hotel and Casino, overlooking Fremont Street and the heart of his beloved downtown Las Vegas. The restaurant's entrées and appetizers are inspired by family recipes and tailored to meet the tastes of even the most discerning diners. For more information, contact Amy Maier, B&P Public Relations,

Bellagio Completes $70 Million Room Remodel
Bellagio has completed the remodel of all 2,568 rooms in its main tower, offering guests a fresh collection of newly redesigned deluxe accommodations. The new rooms reflect an updated, elegant feel pairing modern conveniences with the warmth of home. The remodel, totaling approximately $70 million, began in June 2011 and took six months to complete. For more information, contact Stacy Hamilton, MGM Resorts International,

Las Vegas to Celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 70th Birthday
Muhammad Ali's 70th Birthday Celebration will be held at MGM Grand. The event will celebrate the life and legacy of "The Greatest," Muhammad Ali at the 16th annual Power of Love Gala on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, while raising funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center. The celebration is designed to honor the boxing legend's contribution to the world and raise awareness for Alzheimer's, Huntington's, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's. For more information, contact Kate Whiteley, Kirvin Doak Communications,

Las Vegas Hilton Debuts New Name
On Jan. 3, The Las Vegas Hilton became known as the LVH, Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Along with the new name came a new website, For more information, contact Marty Garay, LVH,

Mob Museum Scheduled to Open Feb. 14
The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is scheduled to open to the public on Feb. 14. To celebrate the opening, seven lucky couples will participate in a wedding in the courthouse of the museum, officiated by former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar Goodman. For more information, contact Ceres Hill, Mob Museum,

USA Sevens Rugby Tournament Stops in Las Vegas
The USA Sevens international rugby tournament in Las Vegas is the fifth of nine stops on the 2011-12 HSBC Sevens World Series. The three-day tournament, Feb 10-12, is the only North American stop for the Sevens World Series. As the premier rugby tournament in North America, fans will see 16 national teams play 44 matches during the three-day competition in an attempt to gain points in the Sevens World Series standings. For more information, contact Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events,

Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Soccer Tournament Returns
The City of Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Showcase, is a youth soccer tournament co-hosted by the City of Las Vegas and Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club, Feb. 17-20. For the 12th year in a row the Showcase tournament brings together more than 350 teams from around the world to play before college coaches and recruiters. For more information, contact Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events,

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Las Vegas 2012

Bellagio Introduces Three New Songs to the Fountains at Bellagio
For the first time in six years, the Fountains at Bellagio will perform new numbers. Beginning this month, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson and "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller will be inserted into the rotation. For more information, please contact Sara Gorgon, MGM Resorts International,

Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace to Open Jan. 2
Octavius Tower, the sixth hotel tower at Caesars Palace is scheduled to open Jan. 2, 2012, adding 668 rooms to the property. Guests staying in the Octavius tower will have a private entrance, separate hotel lobby, direct access to the Garden of the Gods pool oasis and an innovative in-room MediaHub. For more information, contact Leslie Thuet, Caesars Entertainment,

Fremont Street Experience to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Fremont Street Experience, CHD, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Golden Catalyst are bringing the first-ever Chinese New Year celebration to Downtown Las Vegas. Chinese New Year - Dragon in the Desert will celebrate the Year of the Dragon from Jan. 24 - 28 with a five-day festival featuring many of the traditional and symbolic elements needed to wish good fortune to all. Opening ceremonies will take place Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Those in attendance will welcome the New Year with a live authentic dragon dance that includes virtual firecrackers on Viva Vision, an eye painting ceremony and a parade of performers dressed in elaborate costumes. For more information, contact Mindy Eras, Preferred Public Relations,

New Nightlife Venues Open on the Strip
New Year's Eve marked the opening of three new nightlife venues on the Las Vegas Strip: RPM Nightclub at Tropicana, Hyde Lounge at Bellagio and 1OAK at Mirage. For more information, please contact Jennifer Polito, Natalie Mounier (702) 737-3100 and David Gonzalez

Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace Now Open
Old Homestead Steakhouse, one of New York City's most historic restaurants, recently opened its first location on the west coast at Caesars Palace. With more than 6,000 square feet, the new restaurant features a total of 250 seats with a full dining room, private dining room, lounge and bar. Guests will be introduced to several signature dishes from the classic New York City menu including the popular colossal crab cake, 32-ounce Gotham rib-eye steak and the Old Homestead New York-style cheesecake. Additionally, new menu items will be created exclusive to the Las Vegas location. For more information contact Brandy Bell, Caesars Entertainment,

Jersey Boys Moves to Paris Las Vegas
The smash-hit Jersey Boys is moving to a new home at Paris Las Vegas this spring and tickets are now available. The award-winning musical will begin performances in the Paris Théâtre on March 6, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. The production's run at The Palazzo Las Vegas concluded on January 1, 2012. For more information contact Kelly Frey, Caesars Entertainment,

Buffalo Bill’s Unveils Major Resort Renovations
Primm Valley Casino Resorts continues its mission of improving guests' experience with rejuvenated offerings and significant upgrades throughout Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino. The casino resort recently unveiled renovations to rooms and dining options as well as a refreshed casino floor and additional major projects. Included in the project was a redesign of the casino layout, addition of a party pit on the gaming floor, upgrade in the Attraction Zone Arcade, new carpet, upgraded restroom facilities, new beds and an expanded retail facility. For additional information contact Alison Monaghan, Kirvin Doak Communications,

Aston MonteLago Village Resort Launches “Make Room for Breakfast” Package
Aston MonteLago Village Resort is set to launch its 'Make Room for Breakfast' promotion for those looking to get away. Guests can book a one night stay which includes a complimentary breakfast for two at Harry's Café starting at a special rate of $101 per night for a spacious Luna di Lusso studio. For additional information contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus,

Miss America Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
The 2012 Miss America Pageant promises to be a vibrant, colorful and exciting event. The final night of competition will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on Saturday, Jan. 14 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Celebrity judges evaluating the competition include: Mark Ballas, ABC's Dancing with the Stars; Raúl de Molina, Univision's El Gordo y La Flaca; Mike Fleiss, Executive Producer of ABC's The Bachelor; Kris Jenner, E!'s Keeping Up With The Kardashians; Teri Polo, ABC's Man Up; Chris Powell, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition; and Lara Spencer, ABC's Good Morning America. For more information contact Kelly Frey, Caesars Entertainment,

Mirage Offers Yoga Class with Dolphin Views
The Spa at The Mirage Hotel & Casino is now offering a new, one-of-a-kind class, Yoga Among the Dolphins, offered in a serene, underwater viewing area within Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. The class is offered Friday through Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The 60-minute classes are open to the public and can be customized to accommodate all skill levels. The cost is $50 per person and includes use of a yoga mat, post-class smoothie and day pass for the fitness center, spa vanity, wet areas and lockers. For more information contact Sara Gorgon, MGM Resorts International,

El Cortez Celebrates 70 Years in Operation
The El Cortez recently celebrated 70 years of operation in Las Vegas, securing the title for the oldest continuously operating hotel-casino in the city. The property originally opened in 1941 and was owned by notorious mobsters Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum and Mo Sedway. Keeping with the traditional theme, the El Cortez has undergone a complete property renovation and had played a key role in the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas. For more information contact Matt Guidish, Kirvin Doak Communications,

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Saturday, August 20, 2011



M life, MGM Resort International’s Loyalty Program,
Provides One Member with Lasting Memory

Click to Tweet: Dolphin calf @TheMirageLV named "K2" by M life member as part of special #Mlife moment.

LAS VEGAS (August 8, 2011) – A moment to last a lifetime. We all have memories we will never forget, and MGM Resorts International is providing guests the chance to live some of those special life moments at their 15 participating properties through M life, their new loyalty program. One such moment arose recently when an M life member had the unprecedented opportunity to name the bottlenose dolphin calf born July 3 at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage.

M life’s popular program, M life Moments, offers experiential opportunities for members to see or do things they may not otherwise have the chance to do, such as
take private dance lessons with the world-famous Jabbawockeez, cook alongside one of the country’s top chefs or sit ringside at a championship boxing match.

The birth of The Mirage’s dolphin calf provided this type of special moment for one lucky M life member and his wife, Mike and Cheryl Mendez from Scottsdale, Ariz. After learning they were chosen, the couple decided on the name, K2, in tribute to the charity organization, K2 Adventures Foundation.

“We are honored to be given the opportunity to name the newest addition to The Mirage,” Michael Mendez said. “The name was selected in honor of a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based organization near and dear to our hearts.”

K2, alongside mother Duchess, is in the Birthing and Research pool, which is open to public viewing during regular operational hours of the facility. The Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage is accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, an international association dedicated to the highest standards of care for marine mammals and to their conservation in the wild through public education, scientific study and wildlife presentations.

Bill Hornbuckle, Chief Marketing Officer for MGM Resorts International, said, “With a collection of resorts and amenities unlike any other company in the world, we are able to create unique moments for our guests. Naming the newest dolphin calf at The Mirage is just one example of how we provide extraordinary, one-of-a-kind experiences our guests can’t get anywhere else.”