LAS VEGAS BREAKS TOURISM RECORD WITH MORE THAN 40 MILLION VISITORS IN 2014

Tourism Industry Continues Growth in Las Vegas with New Hotels, Restaurants, Shows and Attractions Playing a Major Role

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has announced that Las Vegas reached a historic milestone, exceeding 40 million visitors for the first time. The “Entertainment Capital of the World” has surpassed its record for annual visitation, drawing more than 40 million people with two weeks remaining of the calendar year. Current pacing suggests the destination could approach nearly 41 million visitors by the end of the year.  The previous record was set in 2012 with more than 39,727,000 tourists.
The tourism industry in Southern Nevada continues to expand, achieving ten consecutive months of visitor volume increases, with many of those months being the best on record. Tourism has longed played a vital role in the economy of Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley, generating more than $45 billion annually and supporting 376,000 local jobs. In addition, Las Vegas has seen an increase in direct international air service in 2014 with Canada and Mexico proving to be instrumental to visitation growth.

Penn & Teller Surprising Visitors with Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ Promenade

Penn & Teller Surprising Visitors with Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ Promenade

Surprise Winner Enjoys Dolphin Habitat’s Trainer for a Day at The Mirage Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winner Enjoys Dolphin Habitat’s Trainer for a Day at The Mirage Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winners Receive Two-Story Pool Villa at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Surprise Winners Receive Two-Story Pool Villa at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas couldn’t have reached this milestone without the continued investments of our resort partners, and the more than 40 million people who came to experience all the destination has to offer,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).  “Ongoing developments in the destination, including new, renovated and rebranded resort properties, exciting new attractions, world-class entertainment, incredible culinary offerings and more are what keep first-time visitors and loyalists returning to Las Vegas time and time again.”

To celebrate the 40 million visitor milestone, as only Las Vegas can, the destination created a series of priceless, ‘Only in Vegas’ experiences and surprised unsuspecting visitors with Las Vegas entertainers, including Penn and Teller, Carrot Top and Claire Sinclair, presenting the one-of-a-kind experiences.  The giveaway items included: incredible suite upgrades at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Palms Las Vegas, dinner for four at CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, thrill-seeking SkyJump experiences at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, VIP beauty makeovers at Michael Boychuck’s COLOR Salon at Caesars Palace and much more.

Be Among the First to Stay at the Las Vegas Strip’s First Stand-Alon​e Boutique Hotel

The Cromwell–The Strip’s First Stand-Alone Boutique Hotel–room reservations now available for first guest stays beginning May 21

The Cromwell, will feature 188 rooms and suites, a 40,000 sq-ft casino, restaurant by first-time restaurateur Giada De Laurentiis and rooftop pool, day and nightlife venues by Victor Drai.

The Cromwell, will feature 188 rooms and suites, a 40,000 sq-ft casino, restaurant by first-time restaurateur Giada De Laurentiis and rooftop pool, day and nightlife venues by Victor Drai.

The Cromwell, the new Las Vegas hotel, is set to welcome its first guests beginning May 21, 2014. Guests can now book reservations online at www.thecromwell.com or by calling 1-844-I-AM-CROM (1-844-4-26-2766). With its prime location on one of the busiest intersections of the Las Vegas Strip – one that welcomes more than 20 million passersby each year – The Cromwell Hotel and Casino will offer an exceptional luxury Las Vegas hotel experience in an intimate boutique hotel setting:
    —  188 rooms and suites
    —  40,000-square-foot casino with 66 table games, 440 slot machines and a reserved gaming salon
    —  Bound, the hotel lobby bar, will feature barista-style coffees and morning pastries for the early bird, and then transform into the perfect nightcap destination for the night owl
    —  The hotel bar and lounge, Interlude, with its centralized location and close proximity to nightlife, will serve as a social-inspired gathering place featuring cutting-edge mixology
    —  Giada De Laurentiis will open her first-ever restaurant located on the second floor, offering prime views of the Las Vegas Strip
    —  Sprawling day and nightlife venues, Drai’s Beach Club – Nightclub and Drai’s After Hours, will elevate the nightlife scene in Las Vegas

The Cromwell will blend vintage with Parisian flare and modern details. The hotel lobby is reminiscent of a parlor from the past; accessories and bookshelves with leather bound books clad the walls

The Cromwell will blend vintage with Parisian flare and modern details. The hotel lobby is reminiscent of a parlor from the past; accessories and bookshelves with leather bound books clad the walls

Owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment, The Cromwell is a $185 million renovation and re-imagination of the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon. Architect, Leo A. Daly and Las Vegas-based design studio, Tandem Las Vegas, designed The Cromwell to blend vintage with modern. One of the most noticeable exterior features is the black Parisian-style awnings and ornate black railings, repurposed from the original structure, punctuating each room window. From the moment guests enter the Porte Cochere, they will be intrigued with the luxury appeal and whimsical details of The Cromwell. Continue reading

THE YEAR OF THE HORSE RIDES INTO LAS VEGAS WITH WORLD-CLASS FESTIVITIES

Unrivaled Cultural Celebrations among Highlights for Ushering in the Chinese New Year

Las Vegas will celebrate Chinese New Year, Jan. 31 – Feb. 16 with a dazzling collection of symbolic décor, traditional Chinese cuisine and activities to commemorate the Year of the Horse.  This year’s Chinese zodiac sign is significant because it is believed to bring fortune and good luck. The Year of the Horse is also an excellent year for travel, making Las Vegas the ideal destination to celebrate.

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The spirit of the horse is recognized to be the Chinese people’s ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves. It is energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Ancient people liked to designate an able person as ‘Qianli Ma’, a horse that covers a thousand li a day (one li equals 500 meters).

Strengths
People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely.

Weaknesses
They cannot bear too much constraint. However their interest may be only superficial and lacking real substance. They are usually impatient and hot blooded about everything other than their daily work. They are independent and rarely listen to advice. Failure may result in pessimism. They usually have strong endurance but with bad temper. Flamboyant by nature, they are wasteful since they are not good with matters of finance due to a lack of budgetary efficiency. Some of those who are born in the horse like to move in glamorous circles while pursuing high profile careers. They tend to interfere in many things and frequently fail to finish projects of their own.

Festive Décor & Entertainment 

Starting Jan. 11, the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio will display a new exhibit with a fabricated three-tier mountain featuring eight massive stallions – as the number eight represents good luck. The East Garden will feature a prosperous money tree with oversized gold coins hanging from branches. Live performances of traditional folk and pop music with authentic Chinese instruments including the erhu (二胡), ruan (), and pipa (琵琶) will take place in the serene South Garden from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The conservatory design will be guided by Feng Shui with the exhibit on display till March 1.

Wynn Las Vegas unveiled three, 800-pound Tang Dynasty horse sculptures on Jan. 9. The 9-foot-tall, 10-foot-long horses were created by master sculptor Sillipachai “Mod” Toonrud of FORTE Specialty Contractors in Las Vegas, and will be painted red and gilded in gold leaf. The sculptures will be on display through Feb. 14.

“PANDA!” takes the stage at The Palazzo Las Vegas, Jan. 7 to Feb. 28 for a limited engagement. Audience members will go on an epic journey as the show follows the heroic quest of LongLong, a warm and caring panda, on an adventurous mission to rescue his beloved Peacock Princess who was kidnapped on their wedding day.

Singer Hacken Lee will perform live at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Feb. 7-8. The show starts at 8 p.m., and will feature hit songs from his last decade of music.

Downtown Festivities 

This year, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts offers two special shows that will highlight the spirit of Chinese New Year. On Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. “TAO: Phoenix Rising” takes the stage with a night of Taiko drumming and innovative choreography. Then Shen Yun  performs from Feb. 21-23. This show brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music in an exhilarating performance you will never forget.

The Fremont Street Experience will host “Chinese New Year In the Desert” Feb. 7-9. Kicking off the weekend of celebration is the opening ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a concert series with special guests Victoria Wei Zhong and Henry Chuc. Other notable events include the Lotus Flowering/Thai Folk Dance, Muay Thai Exhibition and a special concert series on Saturday, Feb. 8. The Chinese New Year parade takes place on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. and starts at 4th Street, from Gass Ave. to Ogden. The festivities continue on Fremont Street Experience with performances by the Tendo Baikoki Cultural Dance Group, Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club Choral Group and a dazzling concert featuring Gloria Papin. Fremont Street Experience will host nightly lion dances performed by Lohan School of Shaolin taking place on the 3rd Streed Stage.

Lion & Dragon Dances 

Traditional Dragon and Lion Dances will take place throughout the destination to celebrate the Year of the Horse. Performances will include:

  • Jan. 31 – 3 p.m. at The Venetian Las Vegas: A traditional Dragon dance and eye painting ceremony with firecrackers and festive decorations to celebrate the Chinese New Year
  • Jan. 31 – 6 p.m. at MGM Grand: Lion-dancing pioneers Yau Kung Moon will perform a traditional Chinese lion dance that starts at the main lobby and carries through the casino
  • Feb. 1 – 4 p.m. at Bellagio: A lion and dragon will prance their way through Bellagio’s Porte Cochère welcoming guest.
  • Feb. 1 – 6 p.m. at Wynn Las Vegas: Guests can experience the traditional dragon dance, which will start at South Valet at Wynn. The parade will wind through the Wynn Casino before making its way to Encore. The procession will feature a 90-foot-long-dragon, eight lions, firecrackers and special acrobatic performance
  • Feb. 1 – 5 p.m. at Flamingo Las Vegas: Traditional lion dance through the casino floor.
  • Feb. 1 – 6 p.m. at The Quad Resort & Casino: Traditional lion dance through the casino floor.
  • Feb. 1 – 7 p.m. at Harrah’s Las Vegas: Traditional lion dance through the casino floor.
  • Feb. 3 – 6 p.m. at ARIA: Traditional lion dance that will start at the main porte cochère and head through the casino.
  • Feb. 5 – 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. at Gold Coast: Traditional dragon dance through the casino floor. Guests will also enjoy trees filled with candy and tangerines.
  • Feb. 8 – 12 p.m. at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino: Traditional lion dance through the casino floor.
  • Feb. 8 – 1 p.m. at Paris Las Vegas: Traditional lion dance through the casino floor.
  • Feb. 8 – 2 p.m. at Bally’s Las Vegas: Traditional lion dance through the casino floor.
  • Feb. 8 – 5 p.m. at Caesars Palace: Traditional lion dance through the casino floor.
  • Feb. 12 – 7 p.m. at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino: Traditional lion dance through the casino floor.

Decadent Menus

This year’s impressive array of exquisite décor and lively entertainment will be joined by a number of restaurants on and off Strip that are preparing special menus and dishes for the holiday celebration. Some of this year’s festive Asian menus include Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar at Monte Carlo, which will feature a lucky $29.00 dinner with three dishes.  The meal includes gong hei fat choy 恭喜發財 (braised dried oyster and black moss with oyster sauce), ha ha smile 呵呵笑 (manila clam with black bean sauce), and Budda delight 羅漢齋 (Chinese Napa, bean thread, black fungus, black moss, snow peas and Chinese mushroom).

Rice & Company at Luxor Hotel and Casino will tempt your taste buds with a four-course meal that features signature selections, including the wicked roll, egg drop soup, kung pao chicken, beef and broccoli, and garlic shrimp with vegetables. The meal ends with the dessert duo of  exotic fruits and berries with chocolate passion.

Guests looking for authentic Asian fare may visit Wynn Las Vegas’ Wing Lei, for a dim sum lunch buffet from Jan. 30 to Feb. 9. The newly remodeled restaurant will allow guests to indulge in dozens of small delicacies, daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tea lovers will be excited to hear that Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is celebrating Chinese New Year in their stunning Tea Lounge. Chinese New Year-inspired pastries, handmade fortune cookies and the traditional Chinese coin in an authentic red envelope will be the highlights of the traditional tea ceremony. Afternoon tea service will be served by staff trained in the art of the traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony and are delighted to share the history of Chinese New Year with guests. Specialty menus are also available at MOzen Bistro and Mandarin Bar.

Delectable Chinese New Year menus will also be available at FIN at The Mirage, The Grand Wok and Sushi Bar and Pearl at MGM Grand.

A special Lunar New Year menu is also being planned at Ming’s inside Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Nobu at Nobu Hotel inside Caesars Palace along with Beijing Noodle No. 9 and Express Court at Caesars Palace.

Poppy Den Asian Bistro by Chef Angelo Sosa at Tivoli Village will offer a specialty five-course prix-fix meal on Jan. 31. Guests will enjoy a sugar snap pea and water chestnut salad, steamed fish made with black mushroom and ginger, soy braised pork belly with bok choy, peking duck served with scallion pancakes, pickles and hoisin.

Concerned about how to get around town? The Las Vegas Monorail will be offering a $24 3-day pass discount, allowing you to celebrate Chinese New Year and navigate the destination with ease. Just use the promo code: “CNY14” at their station kiosks or at their website at http://www.lvmonorail.com/.

2014 Valentine’s Day: Las Vegas Ignites Passion with Destination-Wide Valentine’s Day Specials

Cupid’s Arrow Helps Fuel Romance And Transforms Las Vegas Into Retreat For Sweethearts And Lovers

Welcome to Las Vegas sign on the Las Vegas Strip. 11/13/09

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Las Vegas is the place to love and be loved this February. The destination’s romantic world-class restaurants, blissful spas, unique exhibits and picturesque wedding chapels will set the mood for the perfect lovers’ rendezvous. As love fills the air this Valentine’s Day, Las Vegas has all of the answers to help you and your beloved soar to cloud nine.

LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ‘ROUND
With love floating in the air during February, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor Hotel and Casinoinvites guests to share the most romantic day of the year with passengers of the RMS Titanic. Guests can relive stories of marriages that ended before they could develop and unconditional love that never dies with true accounts from people aboard the legendary Ship of Dreams.

Unique experiences await couples at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat inside The Mirage Hotel and Casino. The Dolphin Habitat will offer a special Valentine’s Day package, Feb. 14-16, which includes interaction with bottlenose dolphins.

Rekindle the passion at The Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The replica Eiffel Tower creates the perfect romantic atmosphere and is an exact reproduction rendered at half scale of one ofEurope’s most famous landmarks.

YOU COMPLETE ME
Couples looking to seal their vows can do so in the wedding capital of the world. Wynn Las Vegascommemorates Valentine’s Day with its Eternally Yours Valentine’s Day Wedding Ceremony Package for$1,390. The package includes everything from a professional photo session to a Champagne toast to commemorate the special day.

Those looking to get married in an elegant setting reminiscent of Paris in the 1930s can visit Joel Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Surrounded by a lavish venue designed by award-winning Pierre-Yves Rochon and delectable cuisine created by Chef of the Century Joel Robuchon, couples can experience a once-in-a-lifetime all-inclusive moment for $5,895.

Visitors can also tie the knot at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Caesars Palace is offering special perks to couples who book a Roman Wedding Package. Couples who book are eligible to receive a $50 food and beverage credit and 15 percent off of additional nights stayed at the hotel.

Lovers can say “I do” at Bellagio. Bellagio’s Valentine’s Day Package includes everything from wedding photography and videography to gourmet truffles and rose petals for $5,000.

PAMPER YOUR LOVE
Couples looking to be primped and polished for date night can spend the day at the Grand Spa insideMGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The spa offers sweet Valentine’s Day treatments and specials throughFeb. 28. Guests can indulge in couples “Whoopie Pie” manicures and pedicures, white chocolate raspberry facials, sweet body sugar scrubs and more.

Visitors can also feel the love at Spa Bellagio. In honor of the romantic holiday, Spa Bellagio offers specialty treatments throughout February. Spa-goers can experience a daring Massage á Trois, chocolate and coconut body treatment, Valentine Keratin Express blowout treatment, and sugar and spice manicure and/or pedicure.

Lovebirds can take flight at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa with the Valentine’s Day Spa Couple’s Package. The hotel package features a deluxe guestroom, red rose turndown, Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Valentines will continue the romantic celebration with a breakfast buffet for two at Ceres Restaurant and one 50-minute Couple’s Sampler Massage at Spa Aquae.

YOU HAD ME AT HELLO
Looking to tickle the taste buds? TENDER Steak & Seafood at Luxor Hotel and Casino has crafted a tantalizing four-course menu for two that is sure to captivate the senses of any food aficionado. Visitors hoping for something naughty can venture over to Rice & Company also inside the Luxor Hotel and Casino. The “Naughty and Spice Roll” is sure to heat things up, and comes with a special Wakatake Onikoroshi sake pairing.

Stop by the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino for the ultimate date night. Blue Man Group offers dinner and show packages for starry-eyed lovers. The packages include tickets to Blue Man Group’s exhilarating show, dinner at one of the property’s delectable restaurants and cocktails at Ignite Lounge. The lounge will be offering two exclusive cocktails on Valentine’s Day. The “Raspberry Kiss” and “Elderflower Piscine Fizz” are the perfect potions to any romantic evening.

Couples interested in relaxing and spending an evening in the comfort of their own room can find the perfect match at NOBU Hotel at Caesars Palace. Guests can reserve a special Valentine’s Day rate for$275 and indulge in Nobu’s exclusive in-room dining for two. The high roller bento box ($220) includes salmon shichimi, Wagyu with truffles, foie gras and spinach dry miso with king crab. Secret off-menu items such as Toro Carpaccio are also available.

End the evening with a slice of delectable tofu cheesecake to share. More exclusive libations can be found at TREVI Italian Restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The “Love Potion Number 9” cocktail will be served on Feb. 14 for only $9.

Couples can also check out LAVO Italian Restaurant at The Palazzo Las Vegas for a unique four-course meal that includes special heart shaped lobster ravioli. Special romance-themed menus will also set the mood at Tao Asian Bistro inside The Venetian, Fu at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas and Pampas Churrascaria Brazilian Grille.

Lovers looking to satisfy a sweet tooth can call “Just a Bite of Cheesecake” for its special Valentine’s Daypromotion. The package contains an assortment of cakes and cheesecakes with red velvet, chocolate, chocolate mousse and more. The treats are delivered in a unique rose display for $25. Deliveries are free of charge and “Just a Bite Cheesecake” is happy to deliver to guests staying on the Las Vegas Strip. Orders can be placed by calling, 702.683.1171.

To learn more about Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas, or to purchase the perfect gift symbolizing love and affection rather than a stale box of chocolates, book an unforgettable trip by visiting www.LasVegas.com

Las Vegas Monorail Delivers The Strip To New Year’s Eve Partygoers

wherever you are, safety is always a concern on New Year’s Eve. So this year, when people from all over the world gather to celebrate America’s Party: Las Vegas New Year 2014 in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Monorail will provide hassle-free access to the city’s best New Year’s Eve parties, events and hotspots. Las Vegas Boulevard will close to vehicles, taxis and buses in the early evening, but Monorail riders will still be able to reach their party destinations in 15 minutes or less, with non-stop service from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m.

The Las Vegas Monorail will offer non-stop service until 3 a.m. on New Year's Eve, even when the Strip is closed to traffic and fireworks light up the sky at midnight. (PRNewsFoto/Las Vegas Monorail)

The Las Vegas Monorail will offer non-stop service until 3 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, even when the Strip is closed to traffic and fireworks light up the sky at midnight. (PRNewsFoto/Las Vegas Monorail)

The Las Vegas Monorail is an easy and convenient connection to the Las Vegas Strip, linking riders to the city’s world-class restaurants, shows, shops, clubs, hotels and casinos. Monorail riders can travel the famous Las Vegas Strip in 15 minutes or less in a safe, comfortable and clean environment – without the hassles of traffic or wasted time. Currently, the privately-funded Monorail system has seven stations: MGM Grand; Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas; Flamingo/Caesars Palace; Harrah’s/The Quad; Las VegasConvention Center; LVH; and Sahara Avenue. As one of the nation’s most environmentally-friendly public transportation systems, the Monorail’s electric trains are zero-emission vehicles.

The Las Vegas Monorail is offering an exclusive promotion for the New Year’s Eve with $4 off a 3-day pass. The offer will be valid through January 1. (promotional code: NYE2013) and can be redeemed at www.lvmonorail.com, any Monorail customer service ticket offices daily between the hours of 9 – 7PM or at any eTicket Kiosk.

“Visitors come to Las Vegas to experience the best party in the country, not to waste time in traffic trying to reach a restaurant, show or nightclub,” said Ingrid Reisman, vice president of corporate communications for the Las Vegas Monorail Company. “The Monorail makes it easy for them to travel to the city’s festivities, without having to worry about road closures, crowded streets or finding a designated driver.”

For more information on the Las Vegas Monorail or where to purchase tickets, call 866-4-MONORAIL (866-466-6672); visitwww.lvmonorail.com; or pick up a Monorail Magazine, available at all Monorail stations and station hotels

Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel Reaches New Heights

FOCAL POINT OF THE LINQ, CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT’S $550 MILLION CENTER-STRIP DEVELOPMENT, MEETS MAJOR CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE

The Las Vegas High Roller reached new heights this week as the observation wheel’s first passenger cabin was rotated to the highest point on the wheel’s rim. At 550 feet, the rotation of the cabin to the mid-center point of the rim officially makes the High Roller the world’s tallest observation wheel. As the focal point of The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment’s $550 million outdoor retail, dining and entertainment district, today’s feat marks a major milestone for the Las Vegas Strip attraction.

The first passenger cabin is rotated to the top of the Las Vegas High Roller, officially making it the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

The first passenger cabin is rotated to the top of the Las Vegas High Roller, officially making it the world’s tallest observation wheel at 550 feet. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

This was a significant step for us. The level of technical precision and detailed planning to attach a 22-ton passenger cabin to the rim is tremendous,” said David Codiga, executive project director for The LINQ. “Seeing the cabin rotate to the top of wheel is not only very satisfying for our team, who has spent years working very hard to get to this point; but it also signifies we’re just that much closer to becoming operational. We’re all very eager to welcome passengers to the tallest and most advanced wheel in the world and this gets us one step closer.”

The High Roller observation wheel is the focal point of The LINQ, an open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, that will soon redefine the iconic Las Vegas skyline.

The High Roller will top out at 550 feet making it the largest observation wheel in the world. In addition to its great height, the High Roller will offer an immersive pre-ride experience for its passengers on their journey from ticketing through the wheel house complete with a lounge, to the wheel ride which features unparalleled views of the Las Vegas Strip.

Technical precision and detailed planning go into attaching the first passenger cabin to the rim of the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

Technical precision and detailed planning go into attaching the first passenger cabin to the rim of the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

The wheel structure will boast 7.2 million pounds of steel and 112 cable, with each cable measuring approximately 225 feet, for a combined total of 25,256 feet. The High Roller will feature 28 spherical cabins that will each hold 40 guests. Each cabin weighs approximately 44,000 pounds and includes 300 square feet of glass. The cabin windows are doubly curved and fabricated from four sheets of laminated glass.

The cabins will also feature dynamic video and music shows that will fade away seamlessly to show the most impressive views of the Las Vegas valley.

The first passenger cabin of the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel is transferred to the wheel site early Monday, Nov. 4. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

The first passenger cabin of the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel is transferred to the wheel site early Monday, Nov. 4. Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

Fabrication of the wheel began in late 2011 and took place in several locations across the globe including China, Japan, France, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Colorado, California and Las Vegas. The High Roller will travel at one foot per second and take roughly 30 minutes to make one full revolution. The wheel will be lit with more than 2,000 LED lights to create a customizable and visually stunning display. Continue reading

The Who – Miles Over Vegas New Viva Vision® Show Debuts at Fremont Street Experience

Features “My Generation,” “I Can See For Miles” and “Pinball Wizard”

Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience debuted its newest Viva Vision® show The Who – Miles Over Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 14. The new light and sound show is built around the music of legendary rock band The Who and includes three of the band’s most iconic songs – “I Can See for Miles,” “Pinball Wizard” and “My Generation” – custom synced to stunning graphics including live music footage, album art, performance footage and more. Viva Vision® shows air nightly and are free to the public.

Fremont Street Experience debuts its newest Viva Vision(R) show The Who - Miles Over Vegas in Downtown Las Vegas. The new light and sound show is built around the music of legendary rock band The Who and includes three of the band's most iconic songs - "I Can See for Miles," "Pinball Wizard" and "My Generation" - custom synced to stunning graphics including live music footage, album art, performance footage and more. The Who - Miles Over Vegas airs nightly at 10 p.m. as part of the ongoing Viva Vision(R) show schedule. Viva Vision(R) shows air nightly and are free to the public. www.vegasexperience.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street Experience)

Fremont Street Experience debuts its newest Viva Vision(R) show The Who – Miles Over Vegas in Downtown Las Vegas. Viva Vision(R) shows air nightly and are free to the public. http://www.vegasexperience.com. (PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street Experience)

Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas features Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen – 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system.

Viva Vision® features nightly free customized light shows synced to smash hits from legendary bands including: Bon Jovi – Wanted in Vegas, A Tribute to Queen, The Doors – Strange Days in Vegas and Heart – Crazy on Vegas. The LED display canopy rises 90 feet in height and stretches 1,500 feet along the Fremont Street Experience promenade from Main Street to Fourth Street. Within the canopy are 12.5 million LED lights and 208 speakers producing 550,000 watts of concert-quality sound.

Fremont Street Experience debuts its newest Viva Vision(R) show The Who - Miles Over Vegas in Downtown Las Vegas. The new light and sound show is built around the music of legendary rock band The Who and includes three of the band's most iconic songs - "I Can See for Miles," "Pinball Wizard" and "My Generation" - custom synced to stunning graphics including live music footage, album art, performance footage and more. The Who - Miles Over Vegas airs nightly at 10 p.m. as part of the ongoing Viva Vision(R) show schedule. Viva Vision(R) shows air nightly and are free to the public. www.vegasexperience.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street Experience)

Fremont Street Experience debuts its newest Viva Vision(R) show The Who – Miles Over Vegas in Downtown Las Vegas. The new light and sound show is built around the music of legendary rock band The Who and includes three of the band’s most iconic songs – “I Can See for Miles,” “Pinball Wizard” and “My Generation” – custom synced to stunning graphics including live music footage, album art, performance footage and more. The Who – Miles Over Vegas airs nightly at 10 p.m. as part of the ongoing Viva Vision(R) show schedule. Viva Vision(R) shows air nightly and are free to the public. http://www.vegasexperience.com. (PRNewsFoto/Fremont Street Experience)

The new Viva Vision® show starts with “I Can See for Miles,” taking the viewer on a journey through the cosmos, eventually landing in Las Vegas. From there the screen, which is the world’s largest video screen and spans five football fields, is transformed into a giant pinball machine as balls roll up and down the street, reflecting the street scene below in “Pinball Wizard” and ends with a musical celebration set to pop-art graphics with “My Generation.”

Coinciding with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, the new show will be featured now through Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. with bonus shows at 1 a.m. on Nov. 15 and 16. Beginning Nov. 18, The Who – Miles Over Vegas will air nightly at 10 p.m. as part of the ongoing Viva Vision® show schedule.

We are excited at the opportunity to collaborate with one of rock’s most iconic bands for this new Viva Vision® show and the end result is sure to turn heads to the sky for an unparalleled visual experience,” said Jeff Victor, President at Fremont Street Experience.

The new show was announced earlier this year during a joint press conference with lead singer, Roger Daltrey and Fremont Street Experience President Jeff Victor. During the press conference Victor also presented Daltrey with a $5,000 donation to Teen Cancer America, a charity inspired by Daltrey and fellow band-mate Pete Townshend.

Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue that includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on three stages. With direct pedestrian access to 8 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 17 million annual visitors. Visit online at www.vegasexperience.com, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FSE89101 or Twitter: https://twitter.com/FSELV