Archive for November, 2011

Las Vegas Hilton To Become LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

After years of being named The Las Vegas Hilton, it will be renamed LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The name change will take place in the new year, on January 3rd, 2012, according to an advertising feature spotted in the Los Angeles Times. The owner of Colony Resorts LVH Acquisitions LLC, filed a federal trademark applications on September 28th, 2011 to use the new name.

Visitors can expect to see the new name mark the hotel, restaurant, lounge, bar, and other service areas, including facilities that are used for sports, concerts and the casino will also have the new name marked on property.

The hotel found out awhile ago that as of January 1st, 2012, the franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide and Colony Resorts LVH Acquisitions LLC, the owner and operator of the hotel, would be terminated. Since then, names have been considered to replace The Las Vegas Hilton.

Hilton Worldwide, and Colony Resorts have been quiet on the termination. Despite having an eight year business partnership, neither party has commented on the reasons for the termination.

In 2009, a three year agreement was signed, which gave Colony Resorts the right to use the Hilton brand, and it actually links to the property to Hilton’s “Honors” loyalty program.

Potential Kinks in Las Vegas’ Plans for Online Gambling

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Recently, local councils across Nevada have been working hard, preparing for the possible legalization and regulation of online gambling in the state. The movement has been gaining a great deal of momentum, but some possible complications may arise.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee recently made its case against online gambling known. The group noted that legalizing and regulating online gambling would put Native communities at a disadvantage. With over 40% of the communities’ funds coming from gambling revenues, Native groups’ failure to keep up with the online gambling market could be detrimental to their development.

Glen Gobin of the Tulalip Tribe has stated that it would take Native gambling operators longer than established casino companies to develop online gambling websites. He believe that this would put the community at a great disadvantage, while competition from bigger brands would also be a huge drawback.

Another problem is that the proposed bill would charge online operators licensing and operation fees. However, Native casinos are exempt from such charges, and Gobin believes that the legislation should be redrafted as it violates the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Las Vegas Convention Center To Undergo Makeover

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The Las Vegas Convention Center will soon get a much needed facelift inside and out, after the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s board of directors approved a $5 million plan to update the dated convention center.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s board of directors are not the only ones that know an upate is long overdue to the convention center, as customers also think the convention center needs an update as well in aesthetics and comforts. Customer data was actually compiled from research conducted by the travel authority.

Fresh coats of silver paint will go on, of the $5 million budget, sixty percent of that will be spent on decor and aesthetics, thirty percent will be spent on refurbishing and refreshing the outside access area, and the remaining ten percent will be spent on service and support areas.

Thanks to Terry Jicinsky, senior vice president of operations of the Las Vegas Convention Center, this much needed make over is going to happen. After showing the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s board of directors his presentation, displaying pictures that highlighted the need for the makeover, the board was on board.

Commenting on presenting this to the board, Terry Jicinsky said “I was a little hesitant to show these slides, but in reality, it’s what we’re seeing today,” he told the group.”