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MGM Resorts launches hotel loyalty program for Las Vegas hotels

MGM Resorts launches hotel loyalty program for Las Vegas hotels Jan 11th, 2011 at 2:30PM: Las Vegas lovers: get ready to earn back what you lost at the tables. MGM Resorts just announced it will launch a hotel loyalty program that includes room upgrades, casino credits, and dining and shopping rewards. Called M Life, the program will launch Tuesday and, according to Travel Weekly, will expand into a full loyalty program later this year recognizing guest spending on hotel stays,...

Bellagio hotel cancels $25,000 casino chip

Bellagio hotel cancels $25,000 casino chip Dec 31st, 2010 at 3:00PM: In a move that might even make Danny Ocean rethink his plans, the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas just announced it would cancel its $25,000 casino chips in an effort to thwart thieves who hit the casino a few weeks ago. Associated Press reports the luxury Las Vegas casino and hotel is canceling the high-roller chip to send a message to thieves: the chips are worthless if they aren't redeemed by...

Daily Pampering: Las Vegas hotels break out the mega-suites

Daily Pampering: Las Vegas hotels break out the mega-suites Dec 16th, 2010 at 4:00PM: Admit it: You have always wanted to live like a high-roller, at least for one night in Las Vegas. There's no shame in it - we all secretly have the desire, and it's hard not to say no when Las Vegas hotels create suite packages and deals that make you feel like you're top royalty. At Las Vegas' Rumor Boutique Hotel, however, the luxe life is little more in reach (well, depending on how many...

Las Vegas gets first Steak n' Shake

Las Vegas gets first Steak n' Shake Dec 16th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Get excited, Steak n' Shake fans: the first brand outpost in Nevada will open today at Las Vegas' South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. Sardar Biglari, Chairman and CEO of Biglari Holdings, owner of Steak 'n Shake, commented that "The opening of Steak 'n Shake in Las Vegas is a historic milestone because, after 76 years, we are expanding into a western state and an urban area, which epitomizes...

Airlines, airports and passengers: nothing but gains this year [INFOGRAPHICS]

Airlines, airports and passengers: nothing but gains this year [INFOGRAPHICS] Dec 10th, 2010 at 12:00PM: There are a whole lot more of us flying this year: 4.3 percent more, to be exact. That's the increase in domestic air traffic from September 2009 to September 2010, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. In that month, U.S. airlines had 57.3 million passengers, leading to the largest year-over-year gain since September 2007. Meanwhile, international passenger...

Lady Gaga now a waxwork model at eight Madame Tussauds museums

Lady Gaga now a waxwork model at eight Madame Tussauds museums Dec 10th, 2010 at 10:30AM: Ah, Lady Gaga, what would we do without your telephone hats and nude suits? Now the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds has unveiled Lady Gaga models at eight of their branches: London, New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Amsterdam, Berlin, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The figure at the London branch has the crazy suit shown here: a telephone hat designed by Philip Treacy and a midnight-blue Armani...

10 U.S. Cities where profanity prevails

10 U.S. Cities where profanity prevails Dec 6th, 2010 at 3:00PM: He, we're all prone to a bit of profanity every now and then – some of us more than others. I've had my ass butt handed to me by the Gadling editors over my (finally) occasional use of some foul language, though I've taken steps to (as they say) improve myself. Well, I was happy to see when flipping through my RSS feed that I'm not the only person who likes to drop an f-bomb every now and...

Jay-Z and Coldplay ring in the New Year at Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino

Jay-Z and Coldplay ring in the New Year at Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino Nov 29th, 2010 at 3:30PM: There's no denying that Las Vegas knows how to throw one rockin party, but when it comes to New Year's Eve celebrations, the Las Vegas hotels work to outdo each other. Newcomer on the block Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino might just take this year's prize. The hotel, set to open December 15, will host a New Year's Eve celebration with Jay-Z and Coldplay expected to perform. The hotel is, of...

Top ten Halloween theme park events

Top ten Halloween theme park events Oct 25th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Theme parks around the United States are getting in on the Halloween fun this week, with special events featuring everything from horror-filled haunted houses to magic shows to trick-or-treating for kids. Here's a look at our top 10 Halloween theme park events: 1. Halloween Horror Nights: Universal Studios Florida, Orlando, Florida Universal's Halloween scarefest, which tops lists of...

Las Vegas announces dates for first-ever Cirque du Soleil week

Las Vegas announces dates for first-ever Cirque du Soleil week Oct 21st, 2010 at 2:00PM: Are you crazy about Cirque du Soleil? If so, this is just the experience for you. For the first time ever, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is sponsoring "Cirque Week," a convention that will offer guests special behind-the-scenes access into some of the world's most complex theater productions. From November 29 through December 5, 2010, guests will get to see what brings Las Vegas'...

New York: best and worst city in schismatic survey

New York: best and worst city in schismatic survey Oct 21st, 2010 at 12:00PM: If you want to travel like a local, then it makes sense to know something about your destination ... and isn't the best city to live attractive? It's the kind of place you'd want to explore and see why it's so loved. And at the same time, you'd probably want to avoid the worst of the worst – who would want to go there? Well, a new Harris Interactive poll makes this thinking hard to...

Chilean miner Edison Pena invited to meet Elvis in Las Vegas

Chilean miner Edison Pena invited to meet Elvis in Las Vegas Oct 15th, 2010 at 6:00PM: What do you do when you've finally escaped from the mine? Hit Las Vegas, of course. Las Vegas' official Elvis, Jesse Garon, is sponsoring a star-studded vacation for rescued miner Edison Pena to meet his favorite star - Elvis! Pena used music and movies of the King including the 1960s Elvis movie Viva Las Vegas and Jailhouse Rock to pass the time and keep up the spirits of all the miners trapped...

Top ten overrated U.S. travel destinations/attractions

Top ten overrated U.S. travel destinations/attractions Oct 14th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Whether or not you're an American, there are certain places that are on almost everyone's must-visit list. Some tourist traps, like the Grand Canyon or Disneyland, are worth joining the masses and ponying up the entrance fee (although I just checked the Magic Kingdom's website, and Mickey and friends are bilking the parents of children under nine for $68 a pop). Other much-lauded, highly...

Gadling Exclusive: Downtown Vegas zipline to open Friday

Gadling Exclusive: Downtown Vegas zipline to open Friday Oct 12th, 2010 at 7:15AM: They've made it possible for you to fly over the ocean off the Haitian coast, through the scenic Pacific Ranges of Canada and the the Wild Animal Park in San Diego. And this Friday, Greenheart LLC opens its latest zipline above a different sort of native habitat, that of the Vegas Party Animals. By the end of this week, tourists are expected to able to shoot across steel lines above the crowds...

Las Vegas hotel pool boasts a unique feature ... a 'death ray'

Las Vegas hotel pool boasts a unique feature ... a 'death ray' Sep 29th, 2010 at 2:30PM: Guests at Las Vegas' newest addition to the strip, Vdara Hotel & Spa, may be getting more than they bargained for when they head to the pool for some fun in the sun. According to several recent reports, the hotel's southern-facing tower causes hot spots of up to 130 degrees to be reflected across the pool deck at various times of day. Vdara employees have referred to the spots as the "Vdara...

What's in a name? Las Vegas Sands may drop "Las Vegas" from its name

What's in a name? Las Vegas Sands may drop Sep 19th, 2010 at 3:00PM: How iconic is a name? We might soon find out, especially if the Las Vegas Sands removes the city name from its title. Las Vegas Sands Corp. is considering removing "Las Vegas" from its company name, giving the "Sands" name a more international presence. According to HotelsMag.com, CEO Sheldon Adelson has publicly suggested either Sands International or Sands Resorts International, although a...

Paris Hilton banned from Wynn Resorts Hotels over drug charges

Paris Hilton banned from Wynn Resorts Hotels over drug charges Sep 4th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Wynn Las Vegas has made a solid effort to keep itself at a very far distance from the recent Paris Hilton drug charges. The hotel has banned Hilton and her boyfriends from entering or staying at the hotel after the celebrity socialite was busted last week for cocaine possession. Hilton's car, a black Cadillac Escalade, was stopped by a motorcycle cop due to what the cop said was a strong...

Vegas casino fined for dancing gambler

Vegas casino fined for dancing gambler Aug 27th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Las Vegas has a reputation for letting visitors get away with all kinds of "bad" behavior. Activities like gambling and drinking on the street get a free pass in this anything-goes gaming capital. But apparently that permissive Vegas attitude doesn't extend to all behaviors, particularly if you like celebratory dancing when you hit it big at the tables. Vegas casino Caesar's Palace was recently...

Marriott's Autograph Collection hits the Las Vegas Strip

Marriott's Autograph Collection hits the Las Vegas Strip Aug 27th, 2010 at 10:00AM: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, one of the most expensive hotels ever built, will undoubtedly add a bit of posh to the already flashy Las Vegas strip when it opens in December. But the bigger news: The Cosmo's opening marks the entrance of Marriott into Las Vegas. The hotel joins Marriott International's Autograph Collection - a brand the hotel group launched last year as a way for unknown...

Daily Pampering: The Living Art Penthouse at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas

Daily Pampering: The Living Art Penthouse at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas Aug 25th, 2010 at 4:00PM: Imagine you're going to Las Vegas and you want more than the basic room with the view overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. Maybe you want something a little sexier, a little prettier, a little larger. How's 4,276-square-feet sound? Earlier this year we told that the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas was opening an all-suites tower and now, we got a sneak peak at some of the swanky digs. From the Sex...

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