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Las Vegas Gets Direct Flight to Paris

LAS VEGAS  -- Las Vegas is getting a direct flight to and from Paris.

McCarran International Airport officials say XL Airways will provide service to and from the French city twice per week, on Thursdays and Saturdays.

The first flight is expected to arrive on Thursday. Officials say the airline will use a jet that can carry up to 354 passengers on each flight.

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MGM Mirage to Pay CityCenter Subcontractors Soon

LAS VEGAS  -- Casino operator MGM Mirage is pledging to quickly pay some 600 subcontractors who helped build the $8.5 billion CityCenter complex on the Las Vegas Strip.

Bobby Baldwin, the company's chief design and construction officer who oversaw the project, said at a Wednesday meeting with Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons that paying the subcontractors is the right thing to do.

The meeting comes one day after MGM Mirage invited subcontractors to a June 9 meeting at the Aria Resort & Casino, the centerpiece of CityCenter.

MGM Mirage has been embroiled in a dispute with its general contractor, Perini Building Co., over the final amount due for CityCenter's construction. Perini says MGM Mirage owes $490 million while MGM Mirage says it owes far less.

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Gov. Gibbons and Perini Meet to Talk About CityCenter Debts

LAS VEGAS -- Governor Jim Gibbons took a rare step Friday to bring together local contractors, unions and construction companies who say they are owed hundreds of millions of dollars from the largest private project in North American history, CityCenter.

Gibbons wanted to hear from owners of Perini construction, the main firm in charge of the MGM-Mirage project.

Perini's Ron Tudor said before the meeting that the gaming company broke promises in the last six months of construction of the resort complex. Tudor said the public relations offensive and Governor-supported listening tour occurred because he "had simply got tired of excuses."

MGM-Mirage counters that Perini provided hundreds of thousands of bills and documents recently, creating a confusing amount of work to sift through that is not entirely accurate.

Las Vegas Holds Number 1 Spot as Trade Show Destination

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas continues to hang onto its reign as the number 1 trade show destination by hosting the largest shows in North America for 16 consecutive years.

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas hosted 45 of the 200  biggest shows, which is twice as much as what any other city hosted.

"Billions of dollars have been invested in the facilities, amenities, and service to make Las Vegas the premier convention destination and that collaborative effort continues to pay dividends," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the LVCVA.

The largest show hosted in Las Vegas in 2009 was the Consumer Electronics Show.

Yard House at Red Rock to Hire 200

LAS VEGAS -- A new restaurant and bar opening at Red Rock Resort is planning to hire 200 workers. The process of hiring for the Yard House will begin Tuesday, April 20th from at 10:30 a.m. The hiring center will be open until May 15th to accept applications.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Applicants are asked to bring a valid form of identification for the first screening. The positions being hired for include front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house positions. Bartender applicants will be asked to test pour drinks and kitchen applicants will need to illustrate various cooking methods.

Restaurant experience is a plus but not required.

Hundreds Walk Out of Harrah's Job Fair Employed

LAS VEGAS -- Harrah's Entertainment made good on its promise that hundreds of people would walk out of their job fair Wednesday with real offers.

The job fair was one of the largest seen in Las Vegas for some time and it's estimated that more than 5,000 people showed up in hopes of finding employment.

People started lining up at 4 a.m. at the Rio in anticipation of the job fair and by the day's end, more than 200 people had been hired.

"March 5th I got laid off. So, I'm excited. I was up at 4 a.m. getting primped and pressed and got my smile on and now I'm here and it paid off. I got a job," said an excited Dolphina Griffin, who got a job as a receptionist at Planet Hollywood.

The difficulty of finding a job was never more evident than in the long line that stretched all the way around the Rio resort. It took hours for people to get one-on-one interviews.

Las Vegas Picked to Host Global Tourism Summit

LAS VEGAS -- Tourism officials in Las Vegas say the city has been picked to host an international summit next year for tourism leaders from around the world.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to invest $1.5 million to host the Global Travel & Tourism Summit. This year's summit is being held next month in Beijing.

The agency in charge of promoting Las Vegas says the summit include heads of state, government representatives and business leaders from around the world.

 

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