UNLV Libraries Digital Collection has a new online photo and image exhibit that explores the architectural history of Las Vegas. The collection includes thousands of photographs, drawings and architectural renderings of resorts and other buildings in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Lake Tahoe.
The Clark County Commission wants to clean up litter from handbillers on the Strip. To do that, commissioners introduced a new ordinance last week that would force handbill distributors to clean up after themselves within a certain radius of their work area. The County Commission in recent months has introduced numerous ordinances aimed at cleaning up the Strip. In March the commission passed a ban on pets on the Strip during certain hours of the day. We talk with Clark County Commissioner, Chris Giunchigliani about the County Commission's continuing efforts to clean up Las Vegas Boulevard.
The Clark County Museum has put together an exhibit of the old resorts of Las Vegas - the El Rancho, The Dunes from the days before the luxury mega-resort came to dominate the tourist corridor. It's called 'Lost Vegas: Bulldozed and Imploded Casinos of the Las Vegas Valley.
When the Sahara closed its doors last May after more than 50 years in business, owners promised they would reopen the hotel-casino's doors sometime in the near future. Now, the Review Journal reports SBE Entertainment, the company that owns the shuttered property, has secured $300 million in financing to remodel and reopen the hotel-casino in 2014.
The show "X Burlesque" at Flamingo celebrates 10 years on the Strip this month. Two of their performers, sisters Shakeera Onstead and Rasmeeka Voelkner came to the United States from South Africa during apartheid.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has issued a warning to resorts about summer pool parties. The board says casinos need to be wary of illegal activity like underage drinking, drug use and prostitution and more.
The Clark County Commission wants to put tighter restrictions on panhandlers, unlicensed vendors and sidewalk entertainers on the Strip. The County's Strip Corridor Working Group spent six months examining the experience on the Strip came up with a list of suggestions for cleaning up the Strip. Among their recommendations are more frequent trash can emptying, more police and surveillance and time and place restrictions for activities on public sidewalks. We talk with a County Commissioner and legal experts about how these changes might be implemented.
Visitors to Las Vegas have changed their habits a little bit over the past few years. Tourists are spending less on gambling and more on things like entertainment and restaurants. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's Visitor Profile Study gamblers budgeted $447.63 for gaming in 2011, down from $466.20 the previous year. Meantime tourists spent $274.69 on restaurants and beverages in 2011 compared to $256.82 in 2010, a seven percent increase. We discuss how the Las Vegas visitor is changing and what casinos are doing to adjust.
While there are some small signs of improvement in the gaming industry, Nevada casinos still saw a net loss of about $4 billion in 2011. People who are visiting Las Vegas are spending less on gambling and more on things like food, beverage and entertainment.