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Delano Las Vegas, with its hot desert theme, is cool, hip and South Beach chic

Newly remodeled and renamed Delano combines desert heat with South Beach cool.

The influence of our neighboring 54,000-square-mile, hot, hot, hot Mojave Desert with 120-degree temperatures in Death Valley permeates much of the new Delano Las Vegas, yet the renovated property is as cool — and hip and South Beach chic — as can be.

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun

Airport mariachi greets guests for Mexican holiday

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A live mariachi is scheduled to welcome some of the nearly 6,000 visitors expected to fly from Mexico to Las Vegas for Mexican Independence Day weekend.

McCarran International Airport says 42 commercial flights are coming direct from Mexico on Friday and Saturday. That includes regularly scheduled flights and another 17 flights from cities that don't usually offer direct service to Las Vegas.

The star-studded holiday weekend includes a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, as well as performances from major Latin artists including Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel and Marc Anthony.

The airport says year-round passenger traffic from Mexico is up 93 percent from where it was four years ago.

Tourism officials seek out international visitors because they stay longer and spend more than domestic travelers.

Room reservations open for new SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Room reservations open for new SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Room reservations are now open for the new SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The resort announced the first rooms will be available beginning August 25. The property's grand opening celebration will be Labor Day weekend.

Reservations can be made through SLSlasvegas.com. Rooms will start at $109 per night on weekdays and $139 per night on weekends. The offer requires a two-night minimum stay and is valid from Sept. 1 through Dec. 27. There are some blackout dates.

The website will also allow people to book restaurant and nightlife venues along with tickets to events on the property.

Hospitality company sbe remodeled the Sahara Hotel and Casino to create the SLS Las Vegas. The newly remodeled resort will feature 1,600 rooms and suites, 30,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, along with new dining and nightlife options.

The Quad Workers Vote to Join Culinary Union

Workers at The Quad Resort and Hotel have joined the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartender Union Local 165.

The workers made their decision to join the union under a card-check neutrality agreement. The process allows workers to decide whether to join the union while the employer remains neutral.

On Wednesday, a independent, third party verified that a majority of workers signed union authorization cards, so the company recognized the union as the collective bargaining unit.

The Quad is owned by Caesars Entertainment, which already has a contract agreement for its other properties with the Culinary Union.

Negotiations for collective bargaining agreement to cover the workers at The Quad, which was formerly the Imperial Palace, will start shortly. 

MGM Resorts 4Q Loss Narrows as Expenses Decline

MGM Resorts 4Q Loss Narrows as Expenses Decline

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- MGM Resorts International's fourth-quarter loss narrowed, helped by reduced expenses.

The casino operator lost $38.3 million, or 8 cents per share, for the period ended December 31. That compares with a loss of $1.22 billion, or $2.50 per share, a year ago.

Analysts, whose estimates typically exclude one-time items, predicted a loss of a penny per share. Expenses declined to $2.2 billion from $2.72 billion.

Revenue rose 10 percent to $2.51 billion from $2.29 billion. Casino revenue climbed, as did revenue for rooms, food and beverages and entertainment. Wall Street forecast revenue of $2.47 billion.

MGM China's board also announced a $500 million special dividend on Wednesday. Shares of MGM Resorts shed 20 cents to $25.65 in premarket trading 45 minutes ahead of the market opening.

Progress Being Made on New Club on the Strip

Progress is being made on the newest megaclub coming to the Las Vegas Strip.

Drai's dayclub and nightclub is being built at the top of the new Cromwell boutique hotel. The creator is long-time nightclub owner Victor Drai, whose afterhours club was legendary night spot.

When finished, the $100 million club will have pools, DJs, and an amazing view of the Strip.

"I think it is going to be the prettiest background in the world, and you got an amazing experience between the outside and the inside will be all one," Drai said.

The Cromwell is at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. The old Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon is being remodeled to create the new boutique hotel set to open later this year.