Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The $550mm Linq - 2013

The Irish-themed O’Sheas Casino is transforming. It has had a rollicking presence at the center of the Las Vegas Strip since opening in 1989. But the shutdown is not a cause for sadness because fans of O’Sheas will see it return in 2013 as part of The Linq, Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s highly anticipated new development.
A rendering of The Linq
The Linq will bring upgrades to three of Caesars Entertainment Corporation's mid-Strip resorts.
Designed by David M. Schwartz Architects and estimated to cost $550 million, The Linq aims to transform the corridor across the street fromCaesars Palace – between the Flamingo and O’Sheas (which is being demolished to make room for the project) – into an urban retail and entertainment complex. In fact, the leasable space, which will wrap around the Flamingo,Harrah’s and the Imperial Palace, is going to span an area of more than 200,000 square feet. About 70 percent of it will be comprised of restaurants and bars, and the other 30 percent will feature stores and attractions.
“We are enhancing the allure of the resort experience in a coveted location, introducing an exciting new offering not only for guests occupying our own 24,000 Las Vegas hotel rooms, but also for all who live in and visit Las Vegas,” said Gary Loveman, the chairman, president and CEO of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
On The Linq’s north side, there will be a walkway leading from the Carnaval Court outdoor plaza at Harrah’s through the Imperial Palace. A footpath will also be built from the south side of The Linq into the Flamingo. Hopes are high that the project will revitalize the heart of the Strip, and with an outdoor pedestrian-friendly focus, it’s expected to be different from anything else in Las Vegas.
A rendering of the pedestrian-friendly Linq
The Linq will have 200,000 square feet of space housing restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.
Caruso Affiliated has been tasked as the leasing agent for The Linq. The company is nationally known for its award-winning open-air retail developments. Among their most famous is The Grove, which debuted in Los Angeles in 2002. Today, it’s a hotspot in Southern California that attracts more than 18 million visitors annually – including scores of celebrities.
“We are pleased that Rick Caruso, who has studied this market for years, has chosen Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s Linq as the project to bring his vision to Las Vegas,” said Loveman.
The Linq will be targeting a young clientele. Its tenant mix will appeal to people between the ages of 21 and 46 – as their market share is predicted to encompass up to 52 percent of visitor spending in Las Vegas by 2015.
Without a doubt, the centerpiece at The Linq will be a giant observation wheel called The High Roller. At a whopping 550 feet, it will become the tallest observation wheel in the world. [Note: The Singapore Flyer is currently the world’s tallest observation wheel at 541 feet high – and the famed London Eye, at a mere 443 feet, almost pales by comparison.] Created by Arup Engineering, The High Roller will use an estimated 6.6 million pounds of steel in its construction. There will be 28 cabins designed as transparent spheres. Each one will be able to hold 40 people and provide spectacular bird’s-eye views of the skyline and the greater Las Vegas valley. A full rotation on The High Roller will take about 30 minutes.
A rendering of The High Roller
A massive 550-foot-tall observation wheel called The High Roller will be the main attraction at The Linq.
Although an official groundbreaking is to be held later in the year, work has already gotten well underway on The Linq. In addition to the closure of O’Sheas, several businesses around Carnaval Court have closed and been torn down.
On May 6, a beloved Las Vegas nightspot will close its doors as well. The Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub, a raucous spring break-style club situated in front of the Imperial Palace, is hosting a final day of partying for Cinco de Mayo.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg for the dramatic changes planned at the Imperial Palace. Over the next year, The Linq will completely transform the hotel’s façade, porte cochère, casino and reception area. The Imperial Palace’s poker room recently made a move from the first floor near the main entrance to the second floor, next to the race and sports book. The small-scale Capri Tower behind the resort has also been brought down. Eventually, even the name “Imperial Palace” will be retired as it will be getting a new identity, courtesy of The Linq.
The Linq is a winning proposition all around. In the coming months it is expected to generate 3,000 construction-related jobs. When The Linq opens next year, it will create at least 1,500 jobs in stores, restaurants and attractions – as well as in the new O’Sheas.
 “The Linq is going to be the new address for fun at the center of the Las Vegas Strip,” said Loveman.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Coolest/Newest Hang On The Strip


While walking through the hotel/casino/convention center, I kept getting the feeling like this resort felt true to its name.  I love the vibe & it's very conveniently positioned.

The former Ritz- Carlton has reopened 2-11-2011 as the Dolce owned, Ravella at Lake Las Vegas

The new Ravella hotel is located on the site of the former Ritz Carlton Lake Las Vegas that bankrupted in May of last year. To many, the Ritz Carlton bankruptcy seemed like the terminal blow to the original vision of Lake Las Vegas, the last Gordian knot in a string of bad news and bankruptcies. But the opening of Ravella, and especially from Dolce, hotel managers and operators who specialize in meetings and conferences, seems relevant and positive in the forward evolution of Lake Las Vegas. 

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Click here -> Cre8ive Network on Larry King Live...

Sarah Palin reports to Larry King, about Cre8ive Network's brand building aspirations. Larry seems to be more interested in the Donald than we realize - he also, apparently, has no interest in Sarah as a candidate for the Presidency.

Sarah just wants anyone planning an event, especially in Las Vegas, to know that Cre8tive Network is a terrific resource partner -  Click on the title above to check it out and click on this link for more information about Cre8ive Network ->

Friday, April 23, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Aria Convention Center Virtual Tour

One More Reason To Plan Your Next Meeting/ Convention In Vegas... 

Aria's New Convention Center, 
Check It Out!

As of January 2010 Las Vegas has 148,891 hotel rooms -- 8,100 more than it did a year ago, including almost 6,000 from MGM Mirage's $8.5 billion CityCenter project, which opened in December.

Convention attendance during January was 449,917, down 16.4 percent, despite a 6 percent increase in attendance at the International Consumer Electronics Show early in the month, which drew some 120,000 to Las Vegas. Convention & meeting attendance is down nationwide; the number of conventions & meetings held in Las Vegas in January was down 12.5 percent.

Friday, November 20, 2009

City Center - Capital of the New World

LAS VEGAS-MGM Mirage has a new CityCenter web site up and running this week. The site,, comes one month in advance of the $9-billion, 17-million-square-foot development opening to the public. Check it out...

Take a closer look @ Aria...

Monday, October 26, 2009

The New Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas

Now open for business, the brand new Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas, located in the heart of The Strip, is the sensory experience of Las Vegas. The Rock Shop will be open at 9:00 a.m. Vegas time, while the restaurant will open at 11:00 a.m. Vegas time and keep going until 2 in the morning. Sure to contend as one of the city’s premier dining and entertainment destinations, the 42,000-square foot flagship cafe features a 950-seat restaurant, live concert venue and the world’s largest Rock Shop complete with Hard Rock’s limited-edition merchandise. This is Hard Rock’s second cafe location in the Las Vegas market. The original Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas at Hard Rock Hotel, located at 4475 Paradise Rd., remains open and will continue to provide Rock Star service for guests. In addition, the authentic memorabilia collection of Hard Rock will be showcased via innovative multimedia technology. The new Las Vegas cafe is the marquee location for new unique interactive experiences for guests – from right in their booth to throughout the Cafe with Microsoft Surface™ and the Rock Wall™ featuring multi-touch technology enabling fans to explore the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia collection and virtually tour all of the company’s 156 venues around the world. This is a Hard Rock Cafe unlike any other, one that truly must be seen and experienced. You will not soon forget it.

World's Largest Helium Balloon to Take Flight Above the Strip

The Cloud Nine balloon, the largest helium-filled, land-tethered balloon in the world, will become the newest major landmark from a site on Las Vegas Boulevard across from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Oct. 5. The attraction will elevate up to 30 passengers at a time in a customized gondola that will offer its high-flying guests a 360-degree view of Las Vegas from nearly 500 feet in the air. The 7-story wide by 11-story high balloon is also uniquely Illuminated from within, making it visible from miles away. For more information, please contact Stephanie Wilson, Wicked Creative,

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Awesomeness Manifesto

The next generation of business leaders will use new language to convey their fresh ideas. Today’s business lexicon will not survive intact. We should know, because we work with a lot of young people.

One business thinker doing this already is Umair Haque, a consultant for big business and author of big ideas for the Harvard Business School blog. He has written a preview of tomorrow in something he calls the Awesomeness Manifesto.

Awesomeness may sound like a fuzzy and imprecise term to some. But Haque’s point is that the new generation knows awesomeness when they see it. The Awesomeness Manifesto is full of ideas for business built on sustainable value where the central role is to make the world a better place.And in this post he talks about the power of Love, sustainability, remixing value, and the new way of innovation.

Here are the four pillars of his Awesomeness Manifesto:

Ethical production: without an ethical component, awesomeness isn't possible. The buy low, sell high mentality is yesterday’s mantra.

Insanely great stuff: put creativity front and center and you’ll get an emotional reaction from anyone who sees it. Delight the customer.

Love: Apple creates products people love. Their employees love to show off how awesome these products are and customers love shopping in Apple stores. Compare this with Best Buy.

Thick value: this is real, meaningful, and sustainable. Thick value, not thin value, actually makes people better off.

Let's summarize. What is awesomeness? Awesomeness happens when thick — real, meaningful — value is created by people who love what they do, added to insanely great stuff, and multiplied by communities who are delighted and inspired because they are authentically better off. That's a better kind of innovation, built for 21st century economics.

Finally a business guru and a Production Company that gets it! That is awesome.

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