Tourism

AVN boss: Porn industry ‘on the upswing,’ but not moving to Vegas

A fan takes a photo with Vicki Chase during the 2016 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at the Hard Rock Hotel.

With almost 30,000 attendees from 35 countries and a record 800 industry stars set to participate, the annual AVN Adult Entertainment Expo arrives this week. AVN CEO Tony Rios spoke to the Sun about ...

Looking for a deal on the Strip? Tips from a few experts

A bird's-eye view of the Las Vegas Strip at dusk, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.

With restaurants run by celebrity chefs and luxury suites overlooking the Strip, some Las Vegas resorts were never intended to be value propositions. But in the era of parking fees, resort fees and the soon-to-be ...

Tourism officials report record 42.9M Las Vegas visitors in 2016

Tourists take photos at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign Saturday, March 14, 2015, on the Strip.

Las Vegas drew a record number of visitors last year, 42.9 million people, even more than tourism officials had predicted. The numbers were part of a preliminary tally of ...

With injection of tech and culture, biggest little city is growing up

In this Oct. 11, 2016 file photo, a pedestrian walks beneath the famous Reno arch as traffic passes on Virginia Street in downtown Reno. The city has shed its image as a fading casino town in favor of one as a high-tech hub of e-commerce ventures.

Hunched on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, Reno has long suffered a reputation as a poor man's Las Vegas with snow. Its casinos are more modest than ...

Affinity Gaming sale before Control Board

The neon sign at Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino is ceremonially lit in Las Vegas on Monday, July 1, 2013. Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino was formerly known as Terrible's Hotel and Casino.

The sale of Affinity Gaming, which operates casinos in Nevada, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa, to Z Capital Group LLC could pass its final regulatory approval Wednesday after the Nevada Gaming Control Board meets to review the deal. ...

Larger, thinner TVs seize the limelight at CES media day

David VanderWaal, vice president of marketing for LG Electronics USA, unveils the LG Signature OLED TV W during an LG news conference before CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Extravagant displays, high-profile executives, televisions and robots were aplenty Wednesday at CES media day as technology companies showcased their latest and ...

Despite November dip, McCarran passenger count nears record highs

Las Vegas Strip casinos are viewed from inside the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facility at McCarran International Airport Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.

The passenger count dipped in November from a busy October, but 2016 is poised to be one of the best in the history of McCarran International Airport when year-end totals become available. ...

Fireworks crew toils to make Las Vegas launch sizzle for New Year's

Pyrotechnician Henry Herman loads aerial shells during New Year's Eve fireworks preparation atop Treasure Island on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

Fireworks by Grucci pyrotechnician Henry Herman stood in an orange T-shirt with his hands folded on the roof of Treasure Island on Friday, admiring a masterpiece he and six colleagues spent the last week ...

Ready to party? Here's the lowdown on celebrating New Year's on Strip

Fireworks fired from casino rooftops explode over the Las Vegas Strip just after midnight Jan. 1, 2014. An estimated 335,000 tourists were expected to visit Las Vegas for the New Year's festivities. Photo taken from the Mix nightclub at Mandalay Bay.

With the eyes of hundreds of thousands of revelers set on the sky that envelops the Strip, the annual fireworks show is set to begin at 11:59:50 p.m. Saturday ...  

Pascal still high on Alon project after Crown Resorts backs out

A rendering of Alon resort, a nearly 35-acre 1,100-room resort in development on the Strip across from the Wynn, is shown.

On Thursday, the management of the Alon, the nearly 35-acre high-end resort planned for the site of the old Frontier, said it would continue to work on the project despite losing its main backer, Australia-based Crown Resorts. Crown said its divestiture from Alon is one of several strategic moves it’s making to pay down debt and to “redeploy capital to fund high quality ...

Hotel legend, Three Square Food Bank founder Hilton dies

Eric Michael Hilton

Eric Michael Hilton, vice chairman emeritus of Hilton Hotels Corp. and founder of Three Square Food Bank, died this morning at his home in Las Vegas, according to his nephew Anders Hansen. He was 83. ...

Cosmopolitan the latest Strip hotel to charge for parking

An exterior view of the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, center, on the Las Vegas Strip Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.

The hip resort sits at the corner of Harmon Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard and is surrounded by properties owned by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment all of which are, or soon will be, charging for parking (although Caesars won’t charge locals for self-parking). The Cosmopolitan announced today it plans to start charging for parking in early 2017. The valet fees will be similar to ...

As free parking continues to dwindle on Strip, some resorts guarded about following suit

Cars enter MGM Grand on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Las Vegas.

The decline of free parking in Las Vegas — one of the Strip’s few hallowed traditions — continues. In the last two days, two major Strip resort companies announced they will join MGM Resorts International and ...

New feature of the college tour: First-class campus hotels

Justin Jimenez and Hanne Williams-Baron sit in the lobby at The Hotel at Oberlin in Oberlin, Ohio, Nov. 16, 2016. The hotel, which was designed to be one of the most environmentally sustainable hotels in the world, is part of a growing trend for universities to build high-end hotels near campus to promote their brand.

Oberlin, like many other colleges and universities around the country, has decided that campus guest quarters, instead of perfunctory, can become pampering places that help promote the institution’s brand and image ...

Bump in Thanksgiving weekend travel to be evident at McCarran, on L.V. roadways

Travelers pick up their luggage at the McCarran International Airport baggage claim area of Terminal 1 on Nov. 28, 2010.

A rising economic tide will lift all Thanksgiving travelers this year, as local and national reports expect more people to venture from home for the holiday. Local officials ...