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Bigger and Bolder: What’s new in Las Vegas

Even the most dedicated Las Vegas fan can visit this city again and again and never, ever run out of new things to do and see.

That’s because Las Vegas is constantly evolving with brand new resorts, attractions, great dining options and more.

Want to know what to sell to the return visitor? Or maybe you’re looking to catch the attention of a Las Vegas first-timer. Read on for all the latest highlights, courtesy of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

THE LATEST AND GREATEST NEW RESORTS

Resorts World Las Vegas

The first new resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip in more than a decade, Resorts World Las Vegas debuted in June 2021. Resorts World’s offerings include Las Vegas Hilton, the resort’s full-service brand; Conrad Las Vegas, Hilton’s contemporary luxury brand; and Crockfords Las Vegas, by LXR, Hilton’s collection of bespoke, independent luxury properties.

Resorts World Las Vegas brings 3,500 guest rooms and suites to the Strip, along with more than 40 world-class food and beverage options. Signature restaurants include Genting Palace; FUHU Bar & Restaurant; Viva! By Ray Garcia; Wally’s Wine & Spirits; Brezza; and Carversteak. It’s also home to the first-ever store in a Las Vegas resort to use Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, for the Fred Segal Market featuring drinks, candy, snacks, souvenirs, and Grab & Go food items.

There’s a 5,000-capacity theatre here, and distinct nightlife venues. And prepare to be dazzled by the 100,000-square-foot West Tower LED screen, one of the largest LED building displays in the world.

Resorts World Las Vegas’ debut also introduces a stellar lineup of residencies, including Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Zedd and Tiësto.

Resorts World.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opened at the former site of the Hard Rock Hotel in March 2021.

The resort’s experiential culinary and beverage portfolio includes Todd English’s Olives, Kris Yenbamroong’s Night + Market, the legendary Nobu, Michael and David Morton’s One Steakhouse, Kassi Beach House from restauranteur Nick Mathers, Casa Calavera by global hospitality company Hakkasan Group, the sports entertainment, daylife and nightlife venue Money, Baby! from Clive Collective and more.

Perfect for the MICE market, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas has 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and convention spaces. Of course, there’s also the 60,000 square foot Mohegan Sun Casino.

Multiple entertainment venues featuring headline entertainment at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas include The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, operated by AEG Presents, 24 Oxford and The Event Lawn.

Circa Resort & Casino

Circa Resort & Casino, the first ground-up casino resort on downtown’s Fremont Street Experience since 1980, opened in late 2020.

This 35-storey, 777-room resort features a two-storey casino, and the world’s largest sportsbook spread over three storeys with a 78-megapixel screen. A wide selection of food and beverage venues includes Barry’s Downtown Prime Steaks & Cocktails, Saginaw’s by Paul Saginaw, co-founder Zingerman’s Deli, Victory Burger and pan-Asian cuisine at 8 East.

Circa Resort & Casino also boasts Legacy Club, a rooftop bar and outdoor terrace located on level 60, and Stadium Swim, a multi-level pool amphitheatre that operates year-round with six pools and two swim-up bars – not to mention a 143-foot high-definition screen.

Circa.


MORE NEW DEVELOPMENTS ON THE HORIZON

Las Vegas continues to thrive with more than $45 billion in new investment expected over the next several years.

Palms Casino Resort has a new owner: The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority (SMGHA). The current plan is to reopen on April 27th, 2022. Palms includes 700+ hotel rooms and suites, multiple casual and upscale dining options, meeting and convention space, a 2,500-seat theatre, pool and spa, and Palms Place condominiums.

Horseshoe Las Vegas will be the new name and brand for the well-known Bally’s Las Vegas, a transformation that’s set to begin in spring 2022 and completed by the end of 2022. The transformation will include a renovated exterior, new entertainment and food and beverage options, and a reimagined casino floor and public area.

And music fans rejoice: Hard Rock Las Vegas will become an overnight icon on the Las Vegas Strip, thanks to its guitar-shaped hotel. Hard Rock International has acquired The Mirage and will turn it into Hard Rock Las Vegas, a fully integrated resort welcoming meetings, groups, tourists and casino guests to its nearly 80-acre location.

Meanwhile the $1.8 billion MSG Sphere is currently under construction behind Venetian / Palazzo, and expected to debut in 2023. This music and entertainment venue will feature 17,500 seats, an exosphere with 580,000 square feet of programmable lighting, the largest and highest-resolution LED screen on Earth. There’s even an infrasound haptic system enabling guests to feel sound.

And the GSD Group plans to bring one of its Atari Hotels to Las Vegas.

Atari Hotels.

Fontainebleau Development, which designs, builds, owns, and operates premier hospitality, commercial, retail, and luxury properties, is targeting fourth quarter of 2023 for the opening of its recently acquired 67-story, vertically integrated luxury resort and casino at 2777 S. Las Vegas Blvd. The property has commenced construction and will open under the name Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a monumental expansion that brings full circle the company’s longtime vision of hosting its iconic brand on the Las Vegas Strip. Fontainebleau Development and partner Koch Real Estate Investments acquired the property at 2777 S. Las Vegas Blvd in February 2021. The project is 75 percent complete, and, upon opening, Fontainebleau Development will be the sole hotel operator of Fontainebleau Las Vegas.


NONSTOP ENTERTAINMENT

Several long-standing favourites have returned to Las Vegas, including:

. Spiegelworld’s ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace, Atomic Saloon Show at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort and OPIUM at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

. Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio; Mystère at Treasure Island; The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage, and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and KÀ at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Plus a brand new show Mad Apple will debut in late May 2022.

. Magicians and illusionists including David Copperfield, Penn and Teller, Mat Franco, Shin Lim, Criss Angel and more

New residencies include: Usher and Sting (Dolby Theatre at Park MGM debuting summer 2022); Donny Osmond (Harrah’s Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas); Sammy Hagar and Friends (The STRAT Theater at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod); Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Michael Bublé (The Theatre at Resorts World); and John Legend (Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino).

Returning residencies include: Keith Urban, Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars (Park Theater at Park MGM); Shania Twain, Pitbull (Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood); Lionel Richie, and John Fogerty (Wynn Las Vegas).

And of course, the shows! There’s no end to dazzling high-level entertainment in Las Vegas, here’s a quick roundup of what’s new …

. iLuminate lights up The STRAT with a new show blending music, dance, comedy, technology, and art from the group named “Best New Act in America” by America’s Got Talent

. MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas, recently debuted in all-new venue at SAHARA Las Vegas

. Derek Hough: No Limit returns to The Summit Showroom at The Venetian Resort, May 18 – Sept. 10

. AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY: THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM CONCERT, now at Harrah’s Las Vegas

An Evening with Whitney Houston.

LVCVA’S REWARDS PROGRAM FOR TRAVEL ADVISORS

The LVCVA’s Rewards program is open to all Canadian, U.S., and European travel agencies and agents operating under a current and legitimate ARC/IATA, CLIA or TRUE number. Participants employed by a Call Center may not earn or redeem points toward Rewards catalog items.

Each retail travel agent enrolled in the program will accrue 100 points in his/her program account for every room night booked in Las Vegas and validated by the hotel at which the booking was made.

Points accrued in the agent’s program account may be redeemed for hotel room nights, show tickets or activities provided by select merchants. Check out https://www.taconnect.net/rewards/lvcva.