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Recent Vegas History

  • 1990
  • Excalibur opens on the 19th June, at the time the world's largest resort hotel with 4,032 rooms.

  • 1993
  • Dunes Hotel sold to Steve Wynn's Mirage Inc. The hotel imploded on the 27th October. Luxor Hotel opens on the 15th October with 2,526 rooms. Treasure Island Hotel opens on the 27th October with 2,900 rooms. MGM Grand Hotel opens on the 18th December, with 5,005 rooms and a 171,500- square-foot casino.

  • 1994
  • Buffalo Bill's in Primm and Boulder Station Casino on Boulder Highway in Las Vegas opens. Sam's Town expands with the opening of a 650-room tower. Four skywalks are built over the intersection of Tropicana Boulevard and the Las Vegas Strip. The Fiesta, the first hotel-casino in North Las Vegas, opens with 100 rooms.

  • 1995
  • The Hard Rock Hotel opens on the 10th March. On the 14th June the $25 million monorail begins running between MGM Grand and Bally's hotel-casinos. Construction begins on Steve Wynn's 46-story, $1.7 billion 3,000-room Bellagio. Downtown Las Vegas changes forever with the opening of the $70 million Fremont Street Experience on the 13th December. The Landmark Hotel imploded on the 7th November.

  • 1996
  • Stratosphere Tower, the tallest free-standing observation tower in the U.S. opens on the 30th April. Monte Carlo, a joint venture between Circus Circus Enterprises Inc. and Mirage Resorts Inc. opens on 21st June. The $72 million Las Vegas Motor Speedway opens in September. After 44 years, The Sands Hotel closes on the 30th June by owner Sheldon Adelson who announces plans to build a 6,000-room Venetian megaresort on the Las Vegas Strip site. Sands tower imploded on the 26th November. Flamingo Hilton celebrates 50th anniversary. Caesars Palace celebrates 30th anniversary. Hacienda Hotel Casino is imploded on 31st December

  • 1997
  • The Tropicana Hotel celebrates its 40th anniversary. New York-New York Hotel Casino opens on the 3rd January. Sunset Station Hotel Casino opens on the 10th June. The Forum Shops at Caesars openes 35 new shops, stores and restaurants in a 276,000-square-foot expansion. The Aladdin Hotel closes on the 25th November. Harley Davidson Cafe opens on the Las Vegas Strip. Caesars Palace opens new tower in December. Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino opens Masquerade Village and new 41-story, 1,025-room tower giving the resort a total of 2,556 suites.

  • 1998
  • The Aladdin Hotel is imploded on the 27th April. The Bellagio, billed as the most expensive hotel in the world ($1.7 billion) opens on the 15th October.

  • 1999
  • Harrah's Entertainment Inc. purchases the Rio Hotel Casino for $888 million. MGM Grand buys Primadonna Resorts, taking 100% ownership of New York-New York Mandalay Bay Resort opens on the 2nd March with 3,300 rooms. Four Seasons Hotel opens on the 2nd March with 424 rooms. The Venetian Resort opens on the 3rd May with 3,036 suites. The Las Vegas Convention Center celebrates its 40th birthday. Paris Las Vegas Casino Resort opens on the 1st September.

  • 2000
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways begins first regular flights from England to Las Vegas.

  • 2003
  • The $105 million '40s themed property, The Cannery, opens its doors. Las Vegas Premium Outlets open in downtown Las Vegas. The Fashion Show mall completes a $1 billion expansion, including a towering outdoor multimedia platform called, "The Cloud." Mandalay Bay opens new 1,120 all suite tower, called THEhotel.

  • 2004
  • The Las Vegas Monorail, a $654 million mass transit system, opens to the public.

  • 2005
  • Las Vegas celebrates is Centennial year. Wynn Las Vegas, opens itís doors on the 28th April 2005 becoming the Worlds most expensive Hotel ever built.

  • 2006
  • Cirque du Soleil opens ' Love' at The Mirage, the show is based on The Beatles music. Nevada celebrates 75 years of legalized gaming. Red Rock Resort Casino Spa, the newest property from Station Casinos, opens. The property is the first billion-dollar resort to be built off the Las Vegas Strip. Fantasy Suites opens at The Palms Casino Resort. Located on the tower's 25th and 26th floors, the Fantasy Suites take hotel rooms to another level. Hooters Hotel and Casino Opens in Las Vegas. Lady Luck Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas closes for renovation.

  • 2007
  • MGM MIRAGE's CityCenter releases residences for purchase. Grand Canyon Skywalk Opens. This modern-day marvel becomes the first-ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon's floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon's rim. Tropicana Resort & Casino celebrates 50 years on the Las Vegas Strip. The Stardust Hotel & Casino is imploded. The Aladdin Casino Resort transforms into Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Desert Passage Shops become Miracle Mile Shops. MGM Grand's The Signature completes third and final tower. The Frontier Hotel & Casino is imploded. Town Square Las Vegas, a retail, dining and entertainment project, opens on South Las Vegas Boulevard.

  • 2008
  • The Palazzo celebrates its grand opening. Golden Nugget completes $60 million expansion including adding convention space and a new nightclub. Donny and Marie headline at Flamingo. Aliante Station celebrates itís grand opening on the 11th November. Encore Las Vegas opens

  • 2009
  • M Resort, Spa Casino opens on the 1st March. Terry Fator opens at The Mirage Las Vegas Convention Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary Hard Rock Hotel & Casino unveils The New Joint and headliner Carlos Santana Disney's The Lion King opens at Mandalay Bay Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opens the 490-room Paradise Tower Hotel 32 at Monte Carlo Opens on the 10th August. Pink's Hot Dogs opens itís first location outside LA at Planet Hollywood. Hard Rock Opens a New Flagship Cafe on Vegas Strip. British Airways Starts Daily Non-Stop Service between London Heathrow and Las Vegas. Golden Nugget's New Rush Tower Opens on the 20th November. Vdara Hotel & Spa Opens at CityCenter on the 1st December Crystals Opens at CityCenter on the 3rd December. Mandarin Oriental Opens at CityCenter on the 4th December. Country Music Legend Garth Brooks comes out of retirement to perform special engagements at Wynn Las Vegas ARIA Resort & Casino Opens at CityCenter on the 16th December. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Opens All-Suite HRH Tower on the 28th December. Planet Hollywood Opens Westgate Resorts Tower on the 28th December.

  • 2010
  • Stratosphere introduces worlds' highest "Skyjump" attraction Matt Goss moves from Palms to headline at Caesars Palace Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino celebrates 20th anniversary Liberace Museum closes its doors Rod Steward headlines at Caesars Palace for 8 shows during the Autumn. Cosmopolitan Hotel opens its doors on the 15th December.

  • 2011
  • Gladys Knight headlines at The Tropicanna Tropicana Las Vegas completes a $180 million refit. Nikki Beach opens its doors at The Tropicanna Launches in June Barry Manilow stars at Paris Gordon Ramsey planning to open his first Vegas restaurant at Paris

    The Sahara Hotel sponsored the first Beatles' visit to Las Vegas in 1964
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