Palms Casino Resort Holds Grand Reopening Ceremony

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For the first time in over two years, one of the biggest names in Las Vegas is open for business. The Palm Casino Resort closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Last week, the venue officially reopened on Wednesday after a special tribal ceremony.

In 2019, the Palms completed major renovations. Unfortunately, guests only had a short window to enjoy the newly updated casino resort before it was closed. Now that it is open again, the casino resort should resume its place as one of the best off-strip locations.

The Palms’ reopening could not come at a better time. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), visitation in Vegas is nearly at pre-pandemic levels. Attendance has been steadily increasing each month so far in 2022. Also, gaming revenue in Clark County reached an all-time high in March. The majority of the gaming revenue in Clark County is produced by Las Vegas.

Palms Casino Resort’s Grand Reopening Ceremony

Last Wednesday was a day of celebration for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. It marked the official reopening of the Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas. The tribe purchased the casino resort last year from Red Rock Resorts. According to reports, at least 50% of the staff are returning embers from before the resort was shut down.

To celebrate the grand reopening, the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority (SMGHA) Board held a traditional tribal ceremony. Palms General Manager Cynthia Kiser Murphey joined in on leading the opening festivities. Part of the ceremony included traditional bird singing and presenting charitable donations to three local organizations.

After the opening ceremonies, the “Celebration of Community” also included fireworks, poolside cocktails, and catering by restaurants at the Palms. Guests also were treated to local DJs and other musicians at the poolside reception. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Palms Sportsbook and Lounge. Gaming at the Palms Casino Resort officially resumed at 9 pm PST.

What Can You Expect to Find at the Palms?

Red Rock Resorts purchased the Palms Casino Resort in 2016. The company quickly started in on $620 million worth of renovations. Part of the renovations included upgrading the nightclubs and dining options at the hotel resort. The project finished in 2019, just months before the pandemic hit.

It appears that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will get to reap the benefits of those renovations. The tribe purchased the casino last year. With the venue now open again, guests can take full advantage of the mostly unused renovations.

The Palms Casino Resort has roughly a dozen dining options with inspirations from across the globe. There are high-class dining options such as Mabel’s BBQ and Scotch 80 Prime. There is also an all-you-can-eat buffet that is open for breakfast and dinner.

In addition to the large variety of dining options, the Palms has multiple resort-style pools and spas. There is also a movie theatre on-site. The tribe is expected to announce more information about the Palms’ nightclubs and other entertainment options soon.

Gaming Revenue Continues to Rise in the Las Vegas

The Palms Casino Resort rejoins a Las Vegas gaming market that is on the rise. According to the LVCVA, more than 33.3 million people visited Southern Nevada in March. That is nearly 50% more than March of last year. It is also only 10% less than the pre-pandemic figures.

Many states have lifted their pandemic restrictions. As a result, traveling has increased significantly. Nevada’s tourism numbers have also benefited from the increase in large-scale conventions. In March, nearly 500,000 people attended exhibitions in the Silver State.

The increase in travel has helped hotel and casino revenue. According to the LVCVA, more than 150,000, over 80%, of hotel rooms in Las Vegas were filled in March. Also, gross gaming revenue (GGR) in Clark County reached an all-time high of $1.178 billion. The LVCVA attributes $746.2 million of that revenue to casinos on the Las Vegas strip.

Conclusion

One of the best off-strip casino resorts has officially reopened. For the first time since March 2020, the Palms Las Vegas is open for business. A grand opening ceremony was held at the venue last week to mark the occasion. The Palms should add to the already record-setting casino market in Las Vegas.