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Drai's After Hours Plans Last Bash Before Closing Doors for Renovations

Drai's After Hours Plans Last Bash Before Closing Doors for Renovations

 

A club that has been part of the Las Vegas nightclub scene for the past 15 years is holding one more party before it closes its doors for renovations.

Drai's After Hours will hold a final party Sunday night with a red carpet celebration starting at 10 p.m.

The closure is part of a renovation of Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon into a boutique hotel.  

When the venue reopens, it will be in the form of Drai's Beach Club. It will be a rooftop venue with a pool, a day and nightclub and concert space.

 

Las Vegas Visitor Count Up 2.9 Percent in October

Las Vegas Visitor Count Up 2.9 Percent in October

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say about 99,000 more people visited Las Vegas in October compared with last year, and gambling revenue went up as well.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Friday tallied a little more than 3.5 million visitors in Las Vegas in October, up 2.9 percent from the same month in 2011.

Room occupancy increased 2.6 percent, to 89.4 percent, and average hotel room rates went up 2.6 percent, to almost $118 per night.

The CVA reported Clark County gambling revenues of nearly $860 million were up 2.8 percent in October, compared with 2011.

The Las Vegas Strip reported a 3.6 percent increase in gambling revenues, and the Boulder Strip reported an 8.1 percent jump.

The authority says Las Vegas tourism is up 1.9 percent so far this year.

 

Study: Several Sections of Strip Sidewalks Too Crowded

Study: Several Sections of Strip Sidewalks Too Crowded

Anyone who has walked along the famous Las Vegas Strip already knows how crowded it can become. Now, a new study confirms that several sections of sidewalk and pedestrian bridges along the boulevard are too congested.

The study was conducted for Clark County by a local firm. They collected nearly 3,000 hours of data about people walking along four miles of the Strip. They found 17 areas that have too much foot traffic.

The highest pedestrian traffic was found on the sidewalk at the south end of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino at 9:30 p.m. on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. According to the county, 2,633 pedestrians were counted passing that section of sidewalk in a 15-minute period. It is one of the locations categorized has having an unacceptable level of service.

Crime on the Las Vegas Strip Trending Down

Crime on the Las Vegas Strip Trending Down

 

An expert in safety on the Las Vegas Strip says crime in the area is on a downward trend which Metro Police is working to maintain.

Sergeant Jerry McDonald with Metro's Tourist Safety Detail brought that message to a group of tourism professionals Wednesday morning at a Destination Services Association meeting.

McDonald told the group that crime in the resort corridor is going down. According to McDonald there has been a slight uptick in hotel room burglaries, but he says officers are working to control the problem.

He points to a special initiative for the drop in crime along the important street.

"It is an initiative called Safe Strip. It is more patrols, uniformed presence on the Strip typically from the swing shift and during the grave yard hours," Sgt. McDonald said.

He also credits the efforts made by Clark County to put more ordinances, targeting safety on Strip, into place.

Casino Chiefs Talk about Industry Vulnerability

Casino Chiefs Talk about Industry Vulnerability

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Two casino executives say they know U.S. gambling companies are vulnerable to overseas Internet poker operators.

And while the heads of Las Vegas-based casino companies MGM Resorts International and Las Vegas Sands Corp. agreed with several other industry executives Wednesday that the growth of online poker and casino games is inevitable, they differed on whether state or federal regulation is best.

Las Vegas Sands chief executive Michael Leven said during a keynote panel discussion at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas that he and company magnate Sheldon Adelson don't want another layer of federal regulation. Leven says states can make the rules.

MGM Resorts chief Jim Murren says the federal government should adopt regulations to protect U.S. customers.

U.S. laws currently prohibit Internet gambling across state lines.

Bellagio Named North America's Leading Casino Resort

Bellagio Named North America's Leading Casino Resort

 

One of the most luxurious resorts along the Las Vegas Strip has been named North America's Leading Casino Resort at the 2012 World Travel Awards' Caribbean & The Americas.  

Bellagio received the award during a ceremony in Turks & Caicos on September 14. The award ceremony is known as the Oscars of the travel industry. The resort has received the award four of the past five years.

“We are pleased to once again be recognized at the World Travel Awards, which are determined by travel industry professionals,” said Randy Morton, president & COO of Bellagio. “Bellagio is a special destination resort filled with beauty, elegance and a staff that takes pride in providing our guests with memorable experiences. This award is a result of our team’s excellence and I’m so proud of them.”

Once the Imperial Palace, Now The Quad

Once the Imperial Palace, Now The Quad

 

The new name for an older property on the Las Vegas Strip has been announced.

Caesars Entertainment announced Monday that the Imperial Palace will be renamed The Quad Resort & Casino. The property has already started its transformation, with changes to the front and bell desks already in place. Renovations are set to be finished by late next year.

The renovation plans include changes to the exterior facade, porte cochere, front desk, hotel lobby, casino floor, retail area and dining areas. When the renovations are finished, another 45,000 square feet will be added to the casino floor. The entrance to the resort will be moved to the north side of the building with access through Koval Lane or the Harrah's tunnel off Las Vegas Boulevard. The resort will be connected to Caesars' massive entertainment, retail and dining area called The LINQ.