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Las Vegas Airport Traffic Down in July, but Barely

Las Vegas Airport Traffic Down in July, but Barely

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials in Las Vegas say the number of passengers coming through McCarran International Airport was slightly down in July.

Data released Thursday show nearly 3.7 million people flew in and out of the airport last month. That's 0.2 percent less people than flew in July 2012.

Total airport traffic is flat in the first seven months of 2013, compared with the same period last year.

Domestic traffic was down 0.6 percent in July, while the number of passengers flying internationally increased by 2.6 percent. Domestic carriers make up about 90 percent of traffic.

Of the top five airlines serving the airport, Delta saw the biggest passenger gain in July.

SLS Las Vegas Announces Plans to Partner with William Hill

SLS Las Vegas Announces Plans to Partner with William Hill

A resort, which is currently under construction on the Las Vegas Strip, announced Thursday plans to partner with William Hill for its sports book.

SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino announced the plan to create what it is calling a "state-of-the-art sports book concept" with the global gaming giant William Hill. The sports book will have new wagering technology, including mobile betting available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

sbe is currently remodeling the old Sahara Hotel and Casino property into the SLS. The developer is bringing several well-known restaurants and retailers to the property, including retailer Fred Segal and Umami Burger.

The newly remodeled property is expected to be open in the fall of 2014. 

Celebrity Chef Coming to the Las Vegas Strip

Celebrity Chef Coming to the Las Vegas Strip

Another celebrity chef has plans to set up shop in Las Vegas.

Chef, author and Food Network personality Giada De Laurentiis has plans to open her very first restaurant at Gansevoort Las Vegas next year.

The restaurant will feature her signature Italian cooking with a California influence. The space will be on the second floor of the remodeled property and have a patio over looking the Strip.

“I've held back on past opportunities because I really wanted to be ready for the responsibility and challenges that come with a restaurant. Now, I couldn't be more excited about working with Gansevoort Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment to turn this dream into a delicious reality. The location, the al fresco dining and the views were just too good to pass up!" De Laurentiis said

MGM Resorts 2Q Loss Narrows, Revenue Rises

MGM Resorts 2Q Loss Narrows, Revenue Rises

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- MGM Resorts International's second-quarter loss narrowed as revenue improved thanks to increased consumer spending.

Its adjusted results and revenue topped analysts' estimates. The stock rose 4 percent in premarket trading.

The casino operator lost $93 million, or 19 cents per share, for the period ended June 30. That compares with a loss of $145.5 million, or 30 cents per share, a year ago.

Excluding charges of 23 cents per share in the latest quarter, it earned 4 cents per share.

Analysts predicted adjusted earnings of a penny per share.

Revenue for the Las Vegas company rose 7 percent to $2.48 billion from $2.32 billion, as people spent more on gambling, lodging, food and drinks. Wall Street expected $2.42 billion.

MGM Resorts said Tuesday that the Las Vegas Strip's performance continues to improve.


Las Vegas Casino Expansion Pushes Out 9/11 Memorial

Las Vegas Casino Expansion Pushes Out 9/11 Memorial

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- This city known for detonating its past to make way for gleaming new development is preparing to bulldoze its Sept. 11 memorial.

The memorial on the Las Vegas Strip sprung up spontaneously under the ersatz skyline of the New York-New York casino in the days after the terrorist attacks. A rotating collection of first responder T-shirts has decorated a railing near a faux fireboat for more than a decade.

Now, MGM Resorts International is starting a $100 million renovation of the promenade in front of New York-New York and the adjoining Monte Carlo casino. The memorial will have to go.

MGM spokesman Clark Dumont said in a statement Friday that the casino company is working with local first responders to relocate the memorial.


Las Vegas Resort Planning Rooftop Solar Power Array

Las Vegas Resort Planning Rooftop Solar Power Array

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A casino company is marking a visit to Las Vegas by federal officials with an announcement about a rooftop solar array at a Strip hotel that will host a National Clean Energy Summit next month.

MGM Resorts International officials announced Tuesday that the planned 6.2 megawatt rooftop installation at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center could begin operating next year.

It should be able to generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,000 homes.

MGM Resorts is partnering with a subsidiary of publicly traded NRG Energy Inc. on the project.

Cost and construction dates weren't immediately disclosed.

The announcement was made during a visit by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell with Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada in advance of the sixth annual National Clean Energy Summit on Aug. 13.


Remodeling Forces Lane Closures on Flamingo Road

Remodeling Forces Lane Closures on Flamingo Road

The remodeling of a Strip property will force the closure of a busy road overnight this weekend.

The far right lane of westbound Flamingo Road, just east of Las Vegas Boulevard, will be closed from 2 to 10 a.m. Friday through Monday, July 1.

The closure is to make way for the transformation of Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon to the Gansevoort Las Vegas.

When finished the hotel will be rebranded as a boutique hotel with 40,000-square-feet of casino space, a restaurant, rooftop pool and lounge, plus a nightclub and afterhours venue operated by Victor Drai.

The transformation is expected to be finished by early 2014.