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Following years of efforts to bring a second NASCAR race to Las Vegas, the sport’s top drivers will return Sept. 13-16 for the inaugural Fall NASCAR Race Weekend. The event weekend includes the inaugural South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race, the DC Solar 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the World of Westgate 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff race and the Star Nursery 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at The Dirt Track. The Cup Series race will be the first race of the playoffs for the top 16 drivers, and Las Vegas is the only track with two triple-header weekends on the NASCAR schedule. In addition to the action on the track, the weekend will include a NASCAR Burnout Boulevard event on the Las Vegas strip, NASCAR playoffs party downtown on the Fremont Street Experience, and a free concert by Cole Swindell.

 

 

 

Criss Angel Unveils Brand New MINDFREAK®, an Immersive Evolution of Magic

After more than a decade of dominating the world of magic, Criss Angel will unveil an over-the-top visual spectacular unlike any other in existence – Criss Angel MINDFREAK®, in the newly-renamed Criss Angel Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino opening Dec. 19, 2018. The brand-new production incorporates cutting-edge technology and boasts more than 75 illusions with 20 never-before-seen effects that will give fans the ultimate immersive experience, showcasing the iconic Angel on a massive scale.

 

 

 

Electra Cocktail Club to Open in Early September

The Palazzo® Las Vegas introduces Electra Cocktail Club. A collision of energy and style, Electra embodies a dynamic scene where cocktail creations challenge the limits of tradition in an atmosphere that exudes an escapist, kinetic vibe. Electra completes The Venetian Cocktail Collective, comprised of the sophisticated Dorsey, the romantic Rosina and now the inventive Electra. The Collective represents the evolution of nightlife in Las Vegas. Electra’s backbar features a diverse selection of spirits with a focus on rums, agricoles, and mezcals. Like the menus at The Dorsey and Rosina, Electra’s offerings were conceived by noted barman Sam Ross and feature cocktails that are both imaginative and playful with a bend toward the tropical.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Debuts Block 16 Urban Food Hall

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is thrilled to announce the recent opening of Block 16 Urban Food Hall. A first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip, the made-to-order, fast-casual concept features a dynamic lineup of restaurants handpicked from foodie capitals across the U.S. Block 16 Urban Food Hall continues to reinforce The Cosmopolitan as a culinary leader, unifying the country’s most sought-after chefs and eateries, introducing them first-to-market and providing a place for locals and visitors alike to celebrate their shared passions of easy to love food and drink. Located on the second level of the Boulevard Tower, Block 16 Urban Food Hall introduces an emerging class of acclaimed chefs and their distinct culinary creations, including District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.; Hattie B’s Hot Chicken; Lardo; Pok Pok Wing; and Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake. Ghost Donkey, a tequila and mezcal cocktail bar from New York City will complete the collection in early Fall 2018..

 

 

 

La La Noodle Coming to Park MGM This Fall

Park MGM adds to its portfolio of original restaurants with La La Noodle, a new concept, debuting this November. Serving authentic Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, La La Noodle will be a casual destination where guests will enjoy a lively yet relaxed atmosphere while savoring a selection of noodle, seafood, meat, vegetable and rice dishes. Named after the Mandarin term for pulled – 拉 (pronounced lah) – La La Noodle will feature familiar and savory hand-pulled noodle dishes such as Pork Belly Noodles and Chicken Chow Mein, as well as regional delicacies such as Hong Kong Seafood Crispy Noodles with shrimp, scallops and squid. In addition to noodles, mouthwatering entrées will round out the menu including Vietnamese Braised Catfish, served in a clay pot with fish sauce, chiles and garlic..

 

 

 

The Factory Kitchen Opening in Las Vegas

FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup and The Venetian Las Vegas recently announced plans to open The Factory Kitchen at The Venetian in December 2018. The Factory Kitchen is the product of a long-standing friendship between Matteo Ferdinandi, CEO of FactoryPlaceHospitalityGroup and Chef Angelo Auriana. Ferdinandi and Auriana share the vision of imparting their Italian roots and memories through food and hospitality

 

 

 

SLS Las Vegas Integrates the W Hotel at SLS Las Vegas Into Full Resort Experience

SLS Las Vegas recently announced the W Hotel at SLS Las Vegas was integrated into the full resort operation and called The Grand Tower. Additionally, SLS Las Vegas assumed full operational control of the resort’s reservations system from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and the SLS Las Vegas brand will discontinue membership as a Starwood Tribute Portfolio Hotel & Resort. The Grand Tower will continue as a Four Diamond experience for guests. Existing reservations for the W Las Vegas past the August 17 date of operational transfer will be honored. SLS Las Vegas also assumed operation of the Spa, Pool, Lounge and Meetings Space located within the Tower’s footprint. Current W Hotel at SLS Las Vegas team members have been invited to stay on with their employment either transferring to SLS Las Vegas or continuing with Marriott, the parent company of Starwood Hotels & Resorts..

 

 

 

Aerosmith Announces Las Vegas Residency at Park Theater at Park MGM

America's all-time top-selling rock ‘n’ roll band, Aerosmith, is bringing the heat to the Las Vegas Strip with their headlining residency, AEROSMITH: DEUCES ARE WILD. Shows begin Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort. Aerosmith’s Las Vegas residency, promoted by Live Nation and MGM Resorts International, will bring fans face to face with America’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll band in one of the most immersive, state-of-the art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas. The show features never-seen-before visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions..

 

 

 

Hong Kong's Mott 32 is Coming to The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

Mott 32, one of Hong Kong’s most award-winning restaurants and a culinary icon in contemporary Chinese cuisine, will open its first U.S. outpost this winter, bringing their Eastern concept West to The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. The acclaimed menu combines authentic Chinese recipes handed down from generations with progressive cooking techniques. Paired with exceptional mixology methods and stunning design, the experience at Mott 32 is truly one of a kind.

 

 

 

Fremont Street Experience to Begin Renovation of Viva Vision Canopy in February 2019

Fremont Street Experience will begin its $32 million renovation of Viva Vision, the world’s largest single video screen located in historic downtown Las Vegas, February 2019. Spanning five city blocks above one of the most vibrant streets in Las Vegas, the upgraded Viva Vision canopy will illuminate the pedestrian mall with 16,433,152 pixels and 5,000 Nits, making it seven-times brighter than the existing canopy with four-times the resolution. In partnership with the city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, renovations to the iconic, city-owned Viva Vision canopy will be completed for the unveiling on Dec. 31, 2019.

 

 

 

Celebrated Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken Open BBQ Mexicana in Las Vegas

Restaurateurs and renowned chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken continue to evolve their hospitality empire and deliver authentic-meets-contemporary Mexican cuisine with the debut of BBQ Mexicana, a quick service smoked dishes concept now open at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Located across from sister restaurant Border Grill and adjacent to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, this fast-casual eatery continues to reinforce Feniger and Milliken’s penchant for craveable Mexican dishes in an approachable, warm setting. BBQ Mexicana is a convenient takeaway counter featuring a variety of house smoked meats and non-meat options prepared as burritos, bowls, and salads, along with margaritas, aguas frescas, and beers to-go.

 

 

 

Boathouse Asian Eatery Debuts its First Las Vegas Location inside Palace Station

As part of a $192 million property-wide modernization, Palace Station unveiled its all-new Asian-inspired restaurant, Boathouse Asian Eatery. Created by dynamic brother and sister team Cat and Tu Do together with their partner Hans Mogensen from Northern California, the restaurant joins the recently opened next generation Feast Buffet on the new casino floor. Boathouse Asian Eatery serves up lunch and dinner and features authentic Asian cuisine with an innovative dining experience. The restaurant features a guest capacity of more than 200 people for both indoor and outdoor seating, complete with a large cocktail bar, 14-seat sushi bar and six seat noodle bar, all in a contemporary atmosphere. The restaurant celebrates Asian fare and features an eclectic menu with touches from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine.

 

 

 

Team-Based Virtual Reality Adventure Opens Labor Day Weekend at Madame Tussauds

This Labor Day, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is challenging friends, families and co-workers to “Be a Hero” in the city’s newest team-based virtual reality adventure. Kicking-off Labor Day weekend in partnership with Virtual Room USA, the collaborative virtual reality experience allows groups of 2-4 people to participate in up to four, 15-minute timed challenges all while communicating with their teammates. Teams set off on a journey through history’s most iconic moments, solving puzzles and challenges along the way. Together, teams will explore Ancient Egypt and the Medieval Ages, come face-to-face with dinosaurs and journey to the moon, under the ocean and beyond, and hopefully save the world. Virtual Room is a sold as an upgrade with tickets from just $12. The experience is designed for players ages 12 years and up and perfect for groups of friends, family, team-building, birthday parties and more..

 

*Going GREEN? The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) will turn the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign green as part of a global event celebrating St. Patrick's Day. For the sixth consecutive year, the LVCVA will kick off the festivities Thursday, March 15 with the official greening of the sign and it will remain green through St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 17. Many other city landmarks are also taking part in this Global Greening initiative around the globe. If your destination/attraction has plans to turn green and would like to be included in a local and international media alert, please contact Dana Schwartz, LVCVA, at dschwartz@lvcva.com.

See how the rest of the world goes green.


 
 

CANADA

Toronto Sun (circ. 111K; UVM 3.4M) - Senior Writer Joanne Richard will travel to the destination with her family April 27 - May 1 to produce a print and online article for the lifestyle section focusing on new and exciting food trends (i.e. vegan) and dining venues, highlighting the multitude of culinary options the city has to offer. In addition to coverage in the Toronto Sun, the article may be published in a number of Postmedia Network newspapers such as Calgary Sun, Ottawa Sun, Edmonton Sun and Winnipeg Sun as well as smaller community newspapers across Canada. We are seeking assistance with accommodations, dining and activities. Please submit offers by Friday, March 2. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Rachelle Stark, Aerial PR, at rachelle@aerialpr.com.

Trade Media VIP FAM - The LVCVA Canada office will host a group media FAM April 16-19 for three to four trade media and an LVCVA Canada representative. Coverage will showcase Las Vegas as an ideal destination for luxury experiences and promote exciting only-in-Vegas attractions.

Target media outlets include:

We are seeking luxury accommodations, unique experiences such as behind the scenes tours, meet and greets, exclusive dining experiences, one-of-a-kind outdoor activities, cooking or mixology demonstrations, a headliner performance, VIP access for entertainment, and experiences or interviews with a Canadian connection. Please submit offers by Friday, April 6. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Stephanie Freed-Burns, LVCVA Canada, at sfreed-burns@visitlasvegas.com.

Trade Media Bucket List Las Vegas FAM - The LVCVA Canada office will host a group media FAM March 19-22 for three bloggers/influencers and an LVCVA Canada representative. The FAM is part of a larger partnership with Red Tag Vacations, one of the leading retail travel agencies in Canada reaching close to 600K subscribers. This partnership includes blog posts by each FAM participant, a roundup editorial on the destination which is distributed nationally across Canada reaching 50K in print, as well as content to be cross promoted through Red Tag's social channels and on their dedicated Las Vegas webpage. This partnership will incentivize travelers and offer a promo code discount on vacation packages to Las Vegas.

  • Mel Hwang (38K Instagram; UVM 75K) - Canadian digital content creator focused on travel and fashion, beauty, food and décor.   
  • Terry Go (200K Instagram; UVM 12K) - Canadian lifestyle blogger specializing in travel and fashion  
  • Victoria Hui (84K Instagram; UVM 7K) - Canadian digital content creator focused on travel and fashion, beauty, food and décor.   

The FAM will be themed around Bucket List Las Vegas and will include a variety of photo-friendly activities, unique restaurants and menu items, iconic views on and off the Strip, and only-in-Vegas entertainment. We are seeking assistance with accommodations, activities with amazing views (rides, dining), immersive culinary experiences (chef demonstration, mixology class), shows, a shopping experience and any additional bucket list items. Please submit offers by Friday, March 9. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Stephanie Freed-Burns, LVCVA Canada, at sfreed-burns@visitlasvegas.com.


 
 

FRANCE

*Neon to Nature Group FAM - The LVCVA's France office will bring four to six French regional/national publications to Las Vegas April 10-14. Participating media will experience Las Vegas as the gateway to the Great American West, with a perfect combination of outdoor/nature excursions and various entertainment options.

Targeted outlets include:

We are seeking assistance with accommodations, entertainment, as well as a range of dining experiences and attractions (outdoor and day excursions, adventure options, etc.). Please submit offers by Wednesday, March 14. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Géraldine Charollais, LVCVA France, at gcharollais@visitlasvegas.com.


 

 
 
 
 

 

he LVCVA Canada office will host a group media FAM March 19-22 for three bloggers/influencers and an LVCVA Canada representative. The FAM is part of a larger partnership with Red Tag Vacations, one of the leading retail travel agencies in Canada reaching close to 600K subscribers. This partnership includes blog posts by each FAM participant, a roundup editorial on the destination which is distributed nationally across Canada reaching 50K in print, as well as content to be cross promoted through Red Tag's social channels and on their dedicated Las Vegas webpage. This partnership will incentivize travelers and offer a promo code discount on vacation packages to Las Vegas.

  • Mel Hwang (38K Instagram; UVM 75K) - Canadian digital content creator focused on travel and fashion, beauty, food and décor.   
  • Terry Go (200K Instagram; UVM 12K) - Canadian lifestyle blogger specializing in travel and fashion  
  • Victoria Hui (84K Instagram; UVM 7K) - Canadian digital content creator focused on travel and fashion, beauty, food and décor.   

The FAM will be themed around Bucket List Las Vegas and will include a variety of photo-friendly activities, unique restaurants and menu items, iconic views on and off the Strip, and only-in-Vegas entertainment. We are seeking assistance with accommodations, activities with amazing views (rides, dining), immersive culinary experiences (chef demonstration, mixology class), shows, a shopping experience and any additional bucket list items. Please submit offers by Friday, March 9. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Stephanie Freed-Burns, LVCVA Canada, at sfreed-burns@visitlasvegas.com.


 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Business, Meetings and Conventions - The LVCVA and R&R Partners are developing an image asset library for Business, Meetings and Conventions to be used across disciplines including the VegasMeansBusiness.com website, media and digital content usage. We are seeking images from our property and destination partners showcasing Business, Meetings and Convention capabilities.
We would like to receive images that are (at least) 300dpi and depict the following aspects:

  • Tradeshows and Convention spaces
  • Large and Small Meeting spaces
  • Both dressed and non-dressed spaces
  • If images include people, then faces and likeness must not be recognizable unless you have necessary permissions.

For image submissions and questions, please contact Jennifer Kettel at R&R Partners, jennifer.kettel@rrpartners.com.

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Shelley Stepanek/President DSA
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Last updated 9/4/2018