Times are changing in Las Vegas.
Construction cranes seem to be an integral part of the Las Vegas skyline at this point as casinos are built or upgraded along the Strip.
It’s almost like a domino effect as each casino spends millions of dollars improving its appearance, the next casino has to spend money to keep up with the Joneses.
The Strip is expanding as world-class attractions are built on the North Strip.
Resorts World International has opened on the North Strip, and the long-delayed Fontainebleau has been back on track for a late 2023 opening. These projects are joined by a major renovation by Wynn Resorts (WYNN) – Get the report from Wynn Resorts Limited signature property and several massive new projects (at least two casinos, an NBA-ready arena, and possibly a Major League Baseball stadium) underway.
Caesars Big Projects (CZR) – Get the report from Caesars Entertainment Inc. and MGM (MGM) – Get the MGM Resorts International Report are currently underway while some of Sin City’s most iconic attractions are also getting a makeover.
The Circus family circus is also getting an update according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Now add the Plaza Hotel & Casino to the list of casinos being edited.
Transformation of the Plaza Hotel
On June 14, the Plaza Hotel & Casino unveiled four large-scale projects that will reimagine the casino’s iconic Main Street facade at a press conference.
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The casino wants to change with the times.
Like our neighbors and city leaders, we are committed to revitalizing downtown Las Vegas into a destination known for its art, restaurants, culture, hospitality and entertainment,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. according to Fox5 Vegas.
“Today, we’re unveiling plans to continue those efforts and transform Main Street into an unforgettable, must-visit place in Las Vegas for food, drink and gaming.”
The Plaza’s iconic dome will feature a new outdoor Carousel Bar. Alongside that, the Plaza is building what it calls “the first downtown smoke-free, social media-friendly gaming space.”
On the roof of this new gaming space, the Plaza is building Oscar’s Patio, a rooftop restaurant named for former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. According to the Plaza, Oscar’s Patio will be the first restaurant to offer fine dining outdoors downtown.
Finally, the Plaza is also building a new Pinbox Donuts location on the property that will offer an exclusive menu featuring alcohol-enhanced versions of the dessert venue’s donuts.
The Plaza plans to begin construction in June with a year-end completion date.
The State of the Strip
It started with March Madness and continued through the National Football League (NFL) draft leading up to what looks like a potentially record-breaking summer. Las Vegas has turned the corner on the covid pandemic and seen visitors flock to hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.
“Despite dramatic increases in gas prices, pent-up demand for travel appears to be winning out at this point,” said Lori Nelson-Kraf, spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“In the first four months of this year, Harry Reid International Airport welcomed almost 549,000 international passengers, compared to around 758,000 for the whole of last year, according to airport figures. In April alone, around 200,000 international travelers passed through the airport. , reporting an increase of around 170,000 passengers from April 2021,” according to the newspaper.
After two years of lockdowns, quarantines and travel restrictions, Americans want to ditch their masks and hit the road. Las Vegas seems well placed to benefit as it has everything from its iconic casinos to a huge range of entertainment options, concert headliners, Carrot Top and major sporting events.