Fremont Street Experience CEO Departing After Five Years


(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

In this Thursday, March 22, 2012 file photo, tourists watch the canopy light show at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas.

For nearly five years, Patrick Hughes has overseen downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street Experience.

The five-block strip holds some of the city’s first casinos -- and before COVID-19 hit, was on a hot-streak of growth in tourists and revenue.

It will also see a new casino resort open later this year, the first in decades.

It’s been called a “renaissance” by casino owner Derek Stevens, who is building that new resort, Circa.

It happened while Hughes was president and CEO. But he just announced he is stepping down. He talked with State of Nevada about why he's leaving, and what the future holds for downtown Las Vegas.

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Patrick Hughes, president/CEO, Fremont Street Experience

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