Low-cost airline Norwegian has launched the UK’s cheapest direct flight to the bright lights of Las Vegas, as the carrier continues its rapid growth in Britain. Europe’s third largest low-cost airline will launch two flights from Gatwick on a Monday and Thursday each week, perfect for a weekend break. Here Eleanor Hawkins takes a trip for Breaking Travel News.
July 2016 was the best month on record for Las Vegas visitation, after the destination welcomed more than 3.8 million visitors during the month. The latest statistics from the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority reinforce the continued strength in Las Vegas visitation.
MGM Resorts International will debut its dynamic park, dining and entertainment district on the Las Vegas Strip April 4th, 2016. An eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and entertainment tucked into rich desert landscaping, The Park will become a central gathering place on The Strip’s west side connecting New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts as well as the new 20,000-seat world-class T-Mobile Arena.
Las Vegas continued its historic visitation growth, setting another new record by surpassing 42 million visitors for the first time. This breaks last year’s record of 41.1 million, which was the first time the destination had ever topped 40 million. “Las Vegas couldn’t have reached this achievement without the support of our resort partners and the dedicated workers who make the Las Vegas experience what it is,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
SpeedVegas will start its engines come March 2016, when the 1.5-mile supercar track at Las Vegas’ newest and most thrilling attraction opens for business. By May 2016, the entire $30 million motorsports complex—including a multilevel welcome centre, event centre with a capacity of up to 1,000 guests, café and much more—will be complete.
The Las Vegas Strip has welcomed its newest outdoor entertainment spectacle: the Swarovski Midnight Celebration at Grand Bazaar Shops. Created for Swarovski’s custom pavilion and six-story-tall Starburst, the Swarovski Midnight Celebration was designed to be the centrepiece of the new Grand Bazaar Shops, providing a unique retail and entertainment experience.
Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace is set to open its doors Thursday, March 12th with a debut set from resident DJ Calvin Harris. On its opening, the Hakkasan Group’s newest venture will herald in a new generation of clubbers, experience seekers and explorers of luxury. The highly anticipated opening weekend will also welcome DJ sensations and 2015 residents Martin Garrix and Chuckie, followed by kick-off events taking place throughout March and April bringing the best in electronic music.
Mariah Carey, the best-selling female artist of all time with over 200 million records sold, is coming to Las Vegas with a headlining residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For the first time ever, she will perform all 18 of her timeless number one hits together in one concert. The residency will launch May 6th 2015, with tickets to the first 18 performances in 2015 now on sale.
Las Vegas has surpassed its record for annual visitation, drawing more than 40 million people with two weeks remaining of the calendar year. Current pacing suggests the destination could approach nearly 41 million visitors by the end of 2014. The historic milestone marks the continued and rapid expansion of the tourism industry in Southern Nevada, which has achieved ten consecutive months of visitor volume increases, with many of those months being the best on record.
Las Vegas is everything one would expect. It is also so much more. While the famous Strip - a mile long collection of the world’s most flamboyant hotels - remains the star attraction to the nearly 40 million annual visitors, the city is now also home to a thriving creative scene, a burgeoning cultural quarter and a growing number of boutique hotels. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole visits to see how Sin City is transforming itself for a new generation of guests.
Breaking Travel News here talks with Peter Phang from the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority about the importance of tourism to the destination, what they can learn from their competitors around the world and what is happening on the ground in 2014.