Publisher Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.
December 30, 2009
While many presume that the just-opened CityCenter will be the last big Las Vegas casino project for a while, that isn’t so. In fact, several new developments are expected in 2010. The first is ongoing work at CityCenter itself, where Veer Towers and the Harmon Hotel have still not opened. Next door, the megaresort Cosmopolitan is slated to open near the end of the year, and further south on the Strip, the Tropicana is being completely overhauled. On the north end of the Strip, the gigantic Fontainebleau should be completed—though it’s not known by whom—within the year. East of the Strip, an expansion is ongoing at the Hard Rock and a new casino has been announced for the nearby St. Tropez Hotel. And finally, there’s the possibility of a big downtown City Hall project that could bring a new casino and hasten a reopening of the Lady Luck. All in all, it adds up to a relatively full slate for a city that was expected to be taking a break from building.
Good Sign: For the first time in 21 months, air traffic through Las Vegas has increased, with the November year-over-year comparison notching a miniscule .1% uptick. Air traffic is a leading indicator of Las Vegas’ economic status.
Rockin’ Football: The Rockhouse, located on the Strip in front of the Imperial Palace, will host weekend football parties in January that coincide with the NFL playoffs. Each party will have a theme, e.g., “National Humiliation Day,” when wearing a jersey from the Browns, Lions, Chiefs, etc. qualifies you for drink specials.
Question: Has the Buffalo Bill’s casino outside of Las Vegas closed?
Answer: Buffalo Bill’s in Primm closed for two weeks for maintenance during the slow period before Christmas. It’s now fully operational again. The job would have taken three months if done while the casino remained open.