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Downtown: Now That They're Building It, Will They Come?

November 29, 2012 at 4:29 PM | by | ()

The Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency (LVRDA) recently released some tourism statistics from around the valley, but the numbers from downtown jumped out at us as most interesting. The numbers-adverse should skip to the bottom where we finally get to a point.

For starters, 2011 visitors were polled for their main reason visiting downtown and 'Fremont Street Experience' was the answer 64% of the time. Lodging was mentioned by 18% of respondents, Gambling 9% and Dining a measly 1%. Overall, nothing completely shocking here, although we're curious how many surveyed were first-time visitors over repeat offenders since we'd bet money a higher number of DT virgins are poppin' their Fremont cherry for the Experience before zipping back to the Strip.

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Wayne Newton Wants to Open His House to Tourists (Any Chance He'd Call It Wayne's World?)

November 17, 2010 at 11:45 AM | by | ()

UPDATE: Wayne's World is a go! Party time, excellent!

Wayne, the moment he first laid eyes on Mrs. Griswold.

We've only ever been privy to Wayne Newton's house by watching Vegas Vacation when Ellen Griswold goes on an afternoon date with Wayne at his house. But if things go Wayne's way, we could all be going on afternoon dates with him at his house.

The AP reports that the legendary singer, who's been singing in Vegas since he was a teen but who has recently been sidelined by money woes, is looking to turn his Neverland-esque estate into a tourist attraction that could be considered "Graceland West."

In Newton's vision, visitors to Casa de Shenandoah would tour select parts of his 10,000-square-foot home amid the plush white carpets, gold-trimmed doors, impressionist paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and 17th-century antiques collected from European castles.

They might glance at the singer's favorite space, a cramped office just to the right of his lavish living room, where the ominous red paint splashed on the walls is barely visible behind the shelves and stacks of mementoes collected during his 50-plus years in show business.

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Las Vegas is The Only Place Where 'What Happens Here, Stays Here'

July 1, 2009 at 2:42 PM | by | ()

Visit Las Vegas has tried out a few different ads to woo visitors to Sin City during these rough economic times but what still resonates the best is the "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas" catchphrase.

And now Las Vegas is bringing it back, although with a twist. The new ad shows folks around America (in mostly Midwestern settings) trying to apply the "What Happens Here, Stays Here" to other places and events. Like, "What Happens in Billups County, Stays in Billups County" (apparently pigs get awarded blue ribbons) or "What Happens at the Caribou Lodge, Stays at The Caribou Lodge" (the Caribou Lodge is like an Elks Lodge.)

There's also a nervous patient at the doctor's before he gets bent over for an "exam" and two chicks trying to find excitement at a bar in Lincoln (probably Lincoln, Nebraska.) Oh and don't forget the sad man on a bench.

The ad then concludes with the simple tagline "What Happens Here, Stays Here"--a gentle reminder to vacationers that there is no place as exciting as Las Vegas for your next vacation. They don't even need to show an actual shot of Vegas in this new commercial because the public at large already knows how crazy Vegas is. So c'mon, give up those staycation plans already! (That's what we imagine the LVCVA would have liked to add.) The new ads will hit your TV sets on Monday.

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