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Parking fees for MGM properties to take effect on Dec. 29

The days of free parking on the Las Vegas Strip are numbered. Wednesday, Dec. 28 is the last day locals will get to park for free at any of the MGM Resort International properties.

Fees will vary at MGM properties for parking between $8 and $10.

MGM was the first casino group to hit customers with the extra fees and charge for parking and valet, and since their announcement, other casinos such as Caesars Entertainment, along with the Wynn and Encore have followed. The Sand Corp. properties, the Tropicana, Treasure Island and Hooters have decided not to charge for parking.

8 News NOW Reporter Karen Castro has a breakdown of all of the new fees.

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MGM Resorts International parking information

Caesars Entertainment parking information... Read More

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Trump hotel reaches union contract with workers in Las Vegas

Union officials have announced that workers at Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas will have a four-year contract starting in January.

The announcement Wednesday ends a year of tension between the union and management.

Workers voted last December to unionize but were initially unable to get management to negotiate and launched boycotts of Trump properties as a pressure tactic.

Culinary Union spokeswoman Bethany Khan says negotiations lasted about a week and workers unanimously voted to ratify a contract over the weekend.

More than 500 workers are represented. Khan says the contract will bring pay raises and health benefits comparable to those at many Las Vegas Strip casinos.

Union officials also announced Trump management agreed to allow a unionization campaign at its Washington D.C. hotel... Read More

Cosmopolitan to charge for parking

The Cosmopolitan is the latest Las Vegas property to announce it will start charging for parking.

The property will start charging for self-parking and valet service in early 2017.

Guests who book prior to Jan. 2 will not be charged for self-parking, but will have to pay for valet parking.

The self-parking remains complimentary for rewards members who have sterling status or higher and motorcycles. The first hour of parking is also complimentary to any vehicle.

Self-parking will cost $7 for up to four hours and $10 for up to 24 hours. The valet rate will start at $13 for four hours and anything up to 24 hours is $18.

Parking prices could change during special events... Read More

MGM Resorts International unveils its new theater

MGM Resorts International took the wraps off their new theater Tuesday. It's a brand new $90 million venue that looks out over the T-Mobile Arena and The Park.

They're calling The Park Theater a mini luxury arena.

It seats 5,200 and the seating can change the configurations for concerts and different sporting events. But what really stands out is the high-definition video effects projected across an area that is almost the length of a football field.

With nine HD and 4K projectors casting images across a huge stage, developers say The Park Theater was designed to immerse guests with sound and light.

"That doesn't exist anywhere else, and when you combine that with the quality and resolution of our LED wall, it literally doesn't exist anywhere else in the world," said Dan Bernbach, general manager, The Park Theater.

Bruno Mars, Cher, and Ricky Martin will be the first to perform there after Stevie Nicks opens The Park Theater Dec. 17... Read More

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Las Vegas looks to Asia for growth

Countries like China are considered one of the leading growth markets for more visitors to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas casinos and resorts are working to appeal to overseas visitors so the local tourism industry can continue to thrive. The number of overseas visitors is certainly growing, especially visitors from Asian countries.

In 2015, Las Vegas had more than 200,000 visitors from China alone. That's nearly 10 percent more visitors from the year before. Now, with non-stop flights from China to Las Vegas, more visitors are likely.

Las Vegas is the place to be for Young Park and his family.

"Las Vegas is one of those places that is exciting whether we are going to win the money or not, it's an exciting place," said Park.

He's checking out the Lucky Dragon for the first time and he likes the feeling of the casino. It's a bit more like home -- from the layout of the card tables to the food in the kitchen... Read More

New program to register home surveillance systems with Metro

For the first time, Metro is asking valley homeowners to notify them if they have a home surveillance system.

It will make it easier for them to look for video when a crime is committed.

Currently, when officers respond to a crime scene, they have to look around for any cameras that might have picked something up. It takes time to find the owners and look at the video.

If people with security cameras register with the department, police will have a list of addresses and contact numbers so they can quickly ask permission to see video that often helps solve crimes. The new program is called Vegas SafeCam and is already in use in Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Salt Lake City.

Registering your surveillance system with the department is completely voluntary. However, the more privately owned cameras they have on record, the more effective the program will be... Read More

Las Vegas area drives Nevada casino win up 11 percent in October

Nevada casinos are reporting an 11 percent jump in gambling revenue statewide in October, compared with a year earlier, and a nearly 5 percent rise so far this year.

A monthly state Gaming Control Board report released Tuesday shows that casinos won nearly $990 million last month, up from almost $949 million in September and $887 million in October 2015.

The increase in so-called casino win was propelled by double-digit increases in and around Las Vegas.

The state collected $59.5 million in taxes on the October winnings, up almost 14 percent from the same period last year.

Revenue on the Las Vegas Strip was up 14 percent year-over-year, to $563 million.

Downtown Las Vegas and North Las Vegas each reported winnings jumps of more than 29 percent.

Reno-area casinos reported a 3.6 percent increase in winnings, while South Lake Tahoe casino revenue was down 22 percent... Read More