Even with almost 2,000 fewer rooms in the destination (due to the closure of the Riviera after 60 years on the Strip), Vegas has continued its historic visitation growth, setting another new record in 2015 by surpassing 42 million visitors for the first time. This breaks the previous years’ record of 41.1 million, which was the first time the destination had ever topped 40 million. The upswing is primarily attributed to new non-stop flights and increased convention attendance. It’s estimated that Las Vegas will surpass 42 million visitors by the end of this year. The previous record was set in 2014 with 41.1 million visitors. Additionally, Las Vegas hosted 54 of the largest shows held in the country last year. Arrivals to Vegas breakdown as follows: 25% arriving from southern California, 59% from other U.S. domestic destinations and 16% from foreign countries.
The hip and trendy LINQ Hotel & Casino takes aim at millennials and has developed a new concept in room accommodations with a bunk bed room. Along with cool technology and chic décor, this is a first for Las Vegas visitors and offers guests the chance to bunk with four of their best friends. There are a total of twelve bunk bed rooms at the hotel, allowing for a large group of friends to crash in the same space, offering an affordable option for travelers wishing to stay in the center of the Strip. The rooms are 350 square feet and the sleek room design features two queen pillow-top beds with one twin-size bunk bed loft, along with a 47-screen LED flat-screen TV.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. will be opening its first W Hotel on the Strip at the SLS Las Vegas in the third quarter of 2016. Starwood will take over management of an existing 289-room tower (there are currently 3 towers making up the SLS LUX brand) after its conversion to a W Hotel. Following the renovation, W Las Vegas will include a W Living Room, a dedicated entry and reception area for W Hotel guests, an Away Spa, and the exclusive outdoor pool, WET.
Wynn Las Vegas announced the development of Wynn Plaza, an expansive retail complex featuring 75,518 sq. ft. of luxury retail space, to be debuted in fall 2017. They have also just opened a new Poker room, offering guests an elevated gaming experience in an 8,600 sq. ft. room featuring 28 tables, each equipped with USB ports for on-site electronic device charging. Additionally, Wynn Resorts announced big plans for a resort expansion. The plans include a 38-acre lagoon, surrounded by premium meetings and convention space, a 1,000 room hotel tower, a small casino and extensive dining and nightlife.
Sports & Entertainment
Topgolf Las Vegas recently opened, bringing a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience to Sin City. Sitting on eight acres just behind MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Topgolf is the only entertainment venue of its kind, with 108 climate-controlled hitting bays, two pools, cabanas, a concert venue, VIP suites, five bars, special event spaces, a Callaway Fitting Studio, and a Topgolf retail shop.
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