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Every year, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority releases a profile on who’s actually visiting Las Vegas. No, this isn’t you. This isn’t any one person. This is a snapshot taken from polling 3,600 visitors. The goal is to see who the typical visitor is and what it is that they do. We like random data so let’s take a look:
Why did you visit Las Vegas in 2013? (This includes first time visitors and repeat visitors.)
○ 41% were on vacation.
○ 15% came primarily to gamble.
○ 12% were visiting friends or relatives.
Las Vegas, the biggest little city to not have a major pro sports team, finally has... something kind of like a major pro sports team. Or, at least it has "major" in its name. The Las Vegas Legends, whose logo is three silhouetted wise-guy mobsters, will be part of a professional league that spans the U.S.A. and Mexico with 24 teams. The new Major Arena Soccer League is a combination of the Major Indoor Soccer League and the Professional Arena Soccer League.
If regular old Precheck isn't fancy-dancy, tech-no-logic enough for you, you might want to consider spicing up your travel days with McCarran's newest fasttrack program, CLEAR, set to launch this August.
The premise is intertwined with TSA Precheck in that passengers get to go through expedited security screening, but instead of walking up to a podium and handing over your boarding pass and ID, CLEAR takes a page out of
futuristic today's movies by utilizing bio-metric verification technology; aka, your eyes and fingerprints are scanned in order to confirm your identity. If you want to see how CLEAR works, you can watch a video here.
It was good for a chuckle, but a Daily Mirror article stating that the first English-themed gaming resort was headed to the Strip is more fiction than fact. The Mirror is well-known as a tabloid overseas. Type "is the Daily Mirror" into Google and the site will suggest the word "reliable" to complete your search.
Still, it was an enjoyable read, if better suited for the Onion. The Mirror's fantasy casino was dubbed Ye Olde England Casino and touted over-the-top kitsch as its main draw:
Late Saturday night, folks stopped and gawked at a new attraction at The Linq. But, while the The High Roller usually pulls gazes up, this one had folks eyeing the ground and stepping carefully... where they could.
A water main burst just after 11 p.m. Saturday night (early reports put it as a sewage pipe) at the outdoor mall located between Flamingo and The Quad. Gushing water quickly filled a wide swath of the Linq promenade and even made its way into businesses, including Brooklyn Bowl. Of course, it didn't take long for folks to begin posting video and photos on social media channels:
A piece of Las Vegas history is about to become... well... history. The Harmon Hotel -- that glossy, glassy blue structure at the forefront of the CityCenter project -- is finally coming down. And, those hoping for another spectacular Vegas-style implosion will be quite disappointed. The 29-story tower, also known as the world’s most expensive Cirque du Soleil billboard, is now being dismantled, piece by piece.
Leaving Vegas is hard enough, but getting here is a breeze. Here's the latest on some new routes and expedited services happening at McCarran Airport:
➙British Airways has launched self-boarding devices at all of its gates at McCarran which means travelers can check themselves in by scanning their boarding passes prior to entering the jet bridge.
This is absolutely huge news as it saves approximately a half of a second by removing the need to hand your ticket to the gate agent. Help is present at the self-service kiosks to assist those who have trouble scanning their own tickets, further confusing the technology's purpose.
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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.
VegasChatter has actually gotten a little too swept away in shit so, starting this month, we're going to choose shit more wisely. Here's a carefully curated snapshot of what's going on around town:
· The Cromwell
· Some rooms at The Delano (formerly THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, officially opening September 1)
· World Series of Poker (Rio Las Vegas) through July 16
· Balconies (Palms Place)
· Street Dice (Downtown Grand)
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
· Tilted Kilt (The Linq)
· FAME (The Linq)
· BLT Steak (Bally's)
· Sterling Brunch (Bally's)
· Afternoon service at Heritage Steak (The Mirage)
· 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque (Mandalay Bay)
· Cadillac Tequila Cantina (Golden Nugget)
· Claim Jumper (Golden Nugget)
· Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop (Eastern & Serene)
· 24-hour Johnny Rockets (Excalibur)
· d’annata (Tivoli Village) Near Summerlin
· PacSun (Tivoli Village) Near Summerlin
· NARS (Forum Shops, Caesars Palace)
· Sisley (The Crystals)
· Céline (The Crystals)
· Zippo Store (Luxor)
· Hershey's Chocolate World (New York-New York)
· Drai's Beach Club (The Cromwell)
· McCarran Medical Clinic & Pharmacy (McCarran Airport)
· Edelweiss air service (McCarran Airport)
· Wednesdays Downtown (Downtown Vegas)
· "Hatching The Past" exhibit (Las Vegas Natural History Museum)
· Scholastic’s "The Magic School Bus™ Kicks Up A Storm" exhibit (Discovery Children's Museum)
· Altitude Fridays (Stratosphere)
Although many surveys conducted in today's world are nothing more than creative publicity stunts, we couldn't help but share the results of a recent study, one that investigated which flight paths tend to be the most booze-fueled.
Conducted by GuestLogix, a Toronto-based supplier of in-flight payment systems to about 90 percent of North American airlines (PR plug fulfillment.. fulfilled), it analyzed the in-flight sales of five carriers between November 2013 and February 2014, trying to figure out who buys what when they're going where. (Got that? No? Great.)
This week was a busy one in terms of airline news in Vegas, including the announcement of two new non-stop routes. Here’s the latest coming out of McCarran Airport:
After a successful pilot program in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Southwest has announced that passengers will now be able to use mobile boarding passes for flights out of McCarran. The pass can be sent to your smart phone via e-mail, text message, or through the airline’s app. Not all passengers are eligible, though: infants, unaccompanied minors, senior-fare passengers, and military travelers must still use a paper ticket.
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Downtown union workers could walk off the job at 5 a.m. on June 1.
The Culinary and Bartenders Unions have set that timetable for a strike against nine downtown casinos: The D, Four Queens, Binion’s, Fremont, Main Street Station, Plaza, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez, and Golden Gate. Each of those properties have expired union contracts.
After a long time on the market, The Cosmopolitan has been sold by Deutsche Bank to Blackstone for $1.73 billion... in cash!
Reuters reports "the lender made a small profit from the sale." Deutsche took ownership of the Cosmo after foreclosing on developer Bruce Eichner back in 2008 and has been trying to get rid of it (for the right price) ever since. The New York Times says The Cosmopolitan has never turned a profit.
The Cosmopolitan was purchased by a division of Blackstone, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII. You may not be familiar with the Blackstone name, but you are familiar with the major hospitality brand already in its portfolio, Hilton.