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An investment and management group is reportedly deeply involved in discussions to bring a Formula 1 Grand Prix race to Las Vegas in 2016 or 2017. Discussions have gone so far that Formula 1 track designer Hermann Tilke has apparently already visited Las Vegas several times to work on the layout of the course.
Preliminary discussions have two layout concepts. One idea is that the race would take place on and around the Vegas Strip. Another idea is to have the race around Downtown Vegas. The last street race in Las Vegas was the Champ Car series in 2007. The course went from the Fremont Street area to the north end of the Vegas Strip.
If you tend to skip the rental car and cab it around Vegas, you'll need to budget more moola for that.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that taxi rates are going up 8 percent. The Nevada Taxicab Authority okayed the hike after an association of cab companies petitioned for it. The RJ states this would be the first fare bump since 2008 and would put Vegas at a higher rate than cities like LA, New York and Boston. Here's how the increase breaks down:
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The photos are breathtaking. The experience was gasp-worthy, too. Both the good and the bad kind.
The Rise Lantern Festival took place in the desert outside Las Vegas Saturday night and was attended by an estimated ten thousand. While the launch ceremony itself was described as beautiful, spirtual and moving, both getting and leaving there was the complete opposite with one attendee, Anissa C., equating it to a scene from a movie:
Since the advent of car services like Uber and Lyft, our inbox has been getting a lot of inquiries about when they’ll be coming to Vegas. One reader, Russ H., who knew these two hadn’t set up shop yet in Vegas asked about another one he had heard about, but couldn't remember. We recently received a press release about Ride Genie, the app we think he was referring to.
Integrity Vehicle Solutions Company recently announced the launch of the app which lets you hail a car, limo or taxi (taxi portion not available yet) in Vegas. It also includes wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Developed by people in the transportation industry to fill the need of obtaining car service in this technology-driven era, the company says it only employs professional, licensed and commercially insured drivers from established fleets; hopefully, ensuring quality service, or at least somebody who knows the ins and outs of local roads. Rates are said to be in line with other car services only this has the added ease of being an app.
The post -- which you can read in detail here -- places the debut of phase one in 2015.
While working for a new hotel is exciting, it also carries an element of risk, too. Executives tend to over-staff when everything is shiny and hopeful and adjust when reality sets in. Just over a week ago, we reported on sweeping changes to the hours of operation for many SLS Las Vegas venues, most significantly its daily buffet transforming into a weekend-only affair. Now, SLS has confirmed publicly that about two percent of the resort's staff have been let go.
In what could be a bizarre deleted scene from Office Space, Las Vegas reminds the world to keep its lips zipped about what happens in Vegas. In a new 30-second spot, an office water cooler gets destroyed in a fit of panic when Vegas vacation details are about to be revealed. Note to self: the quiet nerdy one around the water cooler might have more issues than you realize.
In the new commercial, a man's co-workers are coming over for traditional “water cooler talk” when he thinks fast and eliminates the water cooler, thus ensuring his secrets stay secret. Is that how what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas?
Same-sex marriages are now legal in Las Vegas as well as Nevada as a whole.
After a ban was lifted a few days ago and ensuing legal confusion, the first same-sex marriage licenses in Las Vegas were issued last night around 5 p.m. PT. By the time the Marriage License Bureau closed at midnight 40 certificates had been claimed.
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The expo floor at G2E (the Global Gaming Expo) is where the focus is for casino visitors because of all of the shiny new toys. What you may not know is that G2E is much more. In addition to the expo, there are seminars and speakers. One of the goals is that the casino, hotel, food and beverage businesses can educate each other on the state of their business. Much of the discussion is inside business speak, but there are a some nuggets of information the average casino visitor will find interesting.
MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren stated that his company is “considering investing in fantasy sports leagues.” Murren went on to say that MGM Resorts already sponsors fantasy sports events and has been incorporating elements into slot machines.
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A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks. Since the flow of updates can come fast and furious, each month we'll point out Sh*t You May Have Missed as an easy way to keep score of what's new, who's coming soon, which doors may have closed and what you better catch now before it's gone forever.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
· Pantry (Mirage)
· The Perch (Downtown Container Park)
· Pot Liquor CAS (Town Square)
· Fulton Street Food Hall (Harrah's)
· Martorano's and Yong Kang Street (Paris)
· Ciao Gourmet Market, Chili's (McCarran Airport, Terminal 3 and D concourse)
· Lao Sze Chuan (Palms)
· Chocolate Bar (NY-NY)
· CraftHaus Brewery (Off Strip)
· UFC Retail Outlet (McCarran Airport, C concourse)
· Stein Mart (Sahara Center on West Sahara Ave.)
· Armani (Grand Canal Shoppes)
· American Federation of Arts Gallery (Forum Shops)
· Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (Downtown)
· Butterfly Habitat (Springs Preserve)
· MyVEGAS Blackjack (Facebook, apps)
· B Connected sports betting app (Boyd Gaming)
· Game Room (Aria)
· Game Plane (Allegiant Air)
· .Vegas domains
· Gazillionaire web series
You remember that show, Cash Cab, where passengers were surprised to find their taxi transformed into a game show and could win money by answering trivia questions? While your chances of getting on the show were slim given only a few episodes were filmed in Vegas, it did provide a little extra motivation for people to cab it around. Now, that same concept is being taken to 30,000 feet, and Allegiant Air is hoping it will help boost its sales on flights to Sin City.
Called The Game Plane, the show is filmed entirely in-flight with real passengers competing to win prizes on the spot. Part quiz show, part game of chance, The Game Plane will allow Allegiant passengers to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes, including all expense paid vacations to Las Vegas resort properties and free show tickets.
And, you get a .Vegas domain! And, you get one! And, you! And, you!
Yes, anyone interested in affixing .Vegas to the end of (insert the name of your business or Vegas idea here) can do so beginning today at noon PT when general availability opens to all. Some might grab a domain to make sure no one else uses an address similar to their own while others will build it out, fire it up and hope Lady Luck will generate some online interest and, more importantly, revenue.