Las Vegas in Obama's Eyes
With Obama receiving a second major slap on his hand, even from his own democrats, for his remarks about not spending college reserves for pleasure trips to Las Vegas, we decided to do a special today on what’s going on in Sin City, especially since a number of our staff members have a warm heart for this city in the desert that did not come to life until about a century ago.
Here at SearchAmelia we’re all in favor of frugality and matching your lifestyle to your income, but we also promote that life needs a balance between work and play and judging from the following activities that are offered in Las Vegas this month alone, we endorse Las Vegas’ affordable nature for having a good frugal time on hard earned money.
Las Vegas has faced a complete meltdown since the recession started about two years ago resulting in 13% unemployment last December and leading the nation in Metropolitan foreclosures and bankruptcies.
Close Democratic alley, Harry Reid, bluntly reacted by stating officially, “The President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn’t be spending their money,” an opinion shared by fellow Democrat Congress woman Shelley Berkley who said, “Enough is enough! President Obama needs to stop picking on Las Vegas and he needs to let Americans decide for themselves how and where to spend their hard-earned vacation dollars.” Now that is a breath of fresh air from Washington and something I haven’t heard in a while. The right to make your own decisions.
We also know that Southwest Airlines will be happy to start off your trip to the American Pleasure Dome with several daily services out of our own Jacksonville International.
Here is a Las Vegas update from Sal Sagev Travel Advantage Marketing out of Henderson Nevada www.traveladvantagemarketing.com
Its finally official – a Florida court has approved Chicago billionaire Carl Icahn’s bid for the bankrupt, unfinished Fontainebleau Las Vegas Resort. Icahn Nevada Gaming Acquisition, LLC, offered the only qualified bid for the company. Icahn’s venture will pay $104.6 million in cash, plus forgiveness of about $45 million in debtor-in-possession financing. The Fontainebleau filed for bankruptcy protection last June after lenders cut off access to nearly $800 million of construction funds. The 3,800-room casino resort, toward the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip, has already cost $2 billion, but can now look forward to getting finished.
Atomic Testing Museum
The Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation announced that a 6 foot long, 1 ton I beam from NY’s World Trade Center has become a part of the museum’s permanent collection and that it will be officially unveiled on February 27th during an event to commemorate the museums 5th anniversary. The permanent I-beam display will join other items of historical significance at the museum including Albert Einstein’s letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt about the once-secret nuclear effort known as the Manhattan Project and President Harry Truman’s letter that established the test site as the nation’s continental nuclear weapons proving ground.
The Las Vegas Strip
Caesars Palace Las Vegas will debut their new “Garden of the Gods” this March. The five new multi-layer pools (Apollo, Fortuna, Jupiter and two side-by-side pools known as Bacchus) join the three existing pools Neptune, Venus and Temple. The new collection of pools increases the “Garden of the Gods” area to five acres. New amenities include swim-up gaming and an 18-foot waterfall.
NASCAR returns to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Feb. 26 – 28. The racing weekend will include the Sam’s Town 300 Nationwide series race on Saturday and the Shelby American 350 Sprint Cup series race on Sunday. The annual NASCAR series race is one of the most popular on the racing circuit and regularly draws more than 150,000 fans.
Venetian / Palazzo
The Venetian and The Palazzo will celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger with an authentic dragon and lion dance on Feb. 13 and 14. Décor throughout both properties will include citrus trees, red envelopes and lanterns, and red, orange and yellow floral. The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium will include a 16.5-foot long custom-designed Tiger, six-foot custom-made lanterns, oversized bamboo towers and ceremonial ancient décor in the waterfall wall.
Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will celebrate the 2010 Chinese New Year, the Year of the Tiger, with a display filled with hidden meaning. Guided by the ancient practice of Feng Shui, the centerpiece is a majestic tiger made of dried botanicals. Joining the tiger is an 18-foot-tall Chinese God of Prosperity surrounded by gold leafed I-Ching coins and two Ming Dynasty-styled dings. Nearby, a trio of 6-foot-tall giant pandas, made of more than 9,000 living plants, enjoy a garden of bamboo.
To celebrate Chinese New Year and the year of the Tiger, The Meadows School will perform the traditional dragon and lion dance throughout The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace on Feb. 18. The cast of singers and dancers includes 120 Meadows students – 60 from kindergarten and 60 from fifth grade. The dragon dance will feature red and gold costumes, drums and firecrackers and two large and colorful dragons.
Imperial Palace has opened ‘Quesadilla,’ a new cantina-style Mexican eatery. ‘Quesadilla’ serves up an exotic blend of Mexican and South American dishes in a colorful South Beach-inspired setting.
Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel has completed its new state-of-the-art concert venue that will feature nationally renowned artists. The Casablanca Event Center, with 1,100 seats, has been redesigned with new sound-reinforcement and an innovative lighting system.
Eva Longoria has introduced her contemporary steakhouse with Latin flair, Beso and her new nightclub, Eve, at Crystals at CityCenter. The restaurant and nightclub concept occupies two stories. Beso, the Spanish word for kiss, combines Longoria’s Latin heritage and her passion for cooking with the culinary talents of celebrated chef, Todd English. On the second level, guests experience the elegant atmosphere of Eve where a breathtaking 50-foot arched ceiling and lavish VIP booths accentuate the glamorous interior.
Las Vegas just looks much better at night
Mandalay Bay / Luxor
Ensenada, Mexico landmark Hussong’s Cantina brought an approachable menu and buoyant Baja atmosphere to Las Vegas when it opened in January at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place located between Mandalay Bay and Luxor on the Las Vegas Strip. Hussong’s Cantina bring to the “strip” authentic Baja cuisine, the chance to experience the unusually strong original margarita and sing alongs to a rock n’ roll Mariachi band.
Planet Hollywood has opened the 50-story Westgate timeshare tower, featuring 1,200 vacation villas and 28 exclusive penthouse suites. Ownership amenities include an exotic tropical pool complete with sandy beach and private cabanas, an elite 46th floor pool for the penthouse suites, a world-class fitness facility, restaurants, casino and marketplace.
Hard Rock Hotel
Vanity Nightclub has opened at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Created by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s nightlife group (Body English, Rare 120, REHAB and Wasted Space) and legendary baseball player Jason Giambi, Vanity nightclub opened on Jan.2nd. The 14,000-square-foot venue features champagne menus engraved on handheld antique mirrors, two marble bars, 50 intimate VIP booths and an outdoor terrace with cabanas, a fire pit and direct access to the new outdoor Sky Bar (opening April 2010).
Best Vegas Attractions
The BVA discount booklet boasts a total of 18 discount offers for visitors. These books are available by sending an email requesting booklets to BVA@TravelAdvantageMarketing.com and we will forward them to you at no charge. There are discounts for just about anything visitors might want to do- including dining, golf, flightseeing and even sky diving!
Major Trade Shows & Conferences Upcoming (4,000+ attendees)
09/Feb – 11/Feb Composites & Polycons, Mandalay Bay, 5,000
10/Feb – 15/Feb US Open Taekwondo Championships, Tropicana, 4,000
14/Feb – 17/Feb Western Vet. Conference, Mandalay Bay, 14,000
14/Feb – 17/Feb Off Price Specialist Show, Sands Expo, 9,500
15/Feb – 18/Feb Womenswear in NV, Rio, 5,350
16/Feb – 19/Feb MAGIC (Men’s Apparel Guild), LVCVA, 75,000
21/Feb – 24/Feb IBM-Pulse 2010, MGM Grand, 6,000
24/Feb – 26/Feb Awards & Recognition 2010, LVCC, 5000
24/Feb – 25/Feb Digital Signage Expo, LVCC, 4000
28/Feb – 03/Mar Assoc. Surplus Dealers, Sand Expo & LVCC, 41,000
02/Mar – 04/Mar Annual Internationall Pizza Expo, LVCC, 6,000
03/Mar – 04/Mar Tobacco Plus Expo, LVCC, 4000
Enjoy the business Las Vegas
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