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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.

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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.

Turnaround story unfolds for MGM Resorts International

Wall Street and gaming analysts have high praise for MGM Resorts International's turnaround from the tough days of the Great Recession.

CityCenter opened in December 2009 to cost-overruns and a depressed consumer market. MGM Resorts’ stock price was trading in single digits and the company was looking to unload several hotel-casinos to bolster its sagging balance sheet. MGM Resorts’ survival was in doubt — but today it’s a whole new story.

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Exterior signage complete for Delano Las Vegas

The sign on the hotel formerly known as The Hotel has been changed, marking part of its transformation to the Delano Las Vegas.

The completed exterior signage at the Delano Las Vegas is seen Wednesday. Formerly known as The Hotel, the 1,100-room nongaming hotel on the south Strip is a collaboration between MGM Resorts International and the Morgans Hotel Group, which owns the Delano brand.

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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.