Resorts World Las Vegas Launches Career Website For Job Applicants

Resorts World Las Vegas
Resorts World Las Vegas has launched a career website on Monday as it starts accepting applicants for various positions for the property which is set to open next summer.

According to a press release from Resorts World Las Vegas, jobs posted on the company’s career website include entry to management positions in different departments on the resort including casino, food and beverage, nightlife, hotel operations, and finance among others.

Said Resorts World Las Vegas President Scott Sibella:

“We’re excited to launch our Career Website and begin our recruitment efforts as we look to create 6,000 new jobs for Las Vegas, which we plan to fill by the time we open next summer. As the first property to be built on the Strip in over a decade, we are not only creating a resort experience from the ground up, but cultivating a talented team of hospitality professionals who share in our company’s core values of hard work, compassion, harmony, honesty, loyalty and wellness and safety.”

Filling Vacant Positions

Resorts World Las Vegas is looking to fill in vacant positions in the coming months leading to its opening next year. Officials say that construction is 75% complete and that the property is on track for its scheduled summer opening.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit Resort World’s Career Website and create an account. Once an account is created, they can create their profiles and submit an application. Users can also search for available jobs and know the requirement and specifics of the positions. Applicants can also join live information sessions where they can talk real-time to recruiters. These sessions will start on November 30 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Most Expensive Property on The Strip

The $4.3B Resorts World Las Vegas is the most expensive property on the strip, topping the $4.13B Cosmopolitan. It is being constructed at the former Stardust Resort and Casino site and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021. The property was purchased by the Genting Group from Boyd Gaming in 2013 for $350M.

Resorts World Las Vegas is expected to have 3,500 rooms and a gaming area of 110,000 square feet. It will include a 220,000 square foot pool complex and a 1,800 square foot infinity pool. The resort will also have a 75,000 square foot nightlife and daylife concept, a 5,000 capacity state of the art theater, a 50 foot diameter video globe which will display over 6,000 square feet of LED content, and a sky casino.

Caesar’s to Reopen The Rio Before 2021

Outside the Rio Casino in Las Vegas
The last of Caesars Entertainment’s more than five dozen casinos nationwide to remain shut down due to the pandemic will be making its return very soon.

Caesars first opened its key properties like Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegs, Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel + Experience, and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. At the end of last month, The Cromwell also reopened as the final resort on the strip to do so. Now, only the off-strip The Rio remains closed, but not for long.

According to the gambling company, The Rio will return to serve its clients before the end of the year.Said Caesars Entertainment CEO Tom Reeg during Thursday’s quarterly earnings conference call:

“We opened Cromwell last week. I’d expect to see Rio open before the end of the year.”

Drop in Demand

The Rio closed last March when Las Vegas casinos were ordered nonessential businesses to shut down during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Casinos were allowed to reopen last June 4th but on 50% capacity with social distancing measures put in place plus the mandatory wearing of face masks for guests and employees.

According to the Las Vegs Convention and Visitors Authority, midweek occupancy dropped to 39% in September, down 47% from the same month in 2019. On the other hand, weekend occupancy was reported at 66%, down 30% versus September 2019.

No Midweek Closures

Because of the slow demand, Wynn Las Vegas shut down Encore for midweek hotel bookings starting October 19th and closed its restaurants while the resort is closed from 2pm Mondays to 2pm Thursdays. Park MGM followed the lead, closing its hotel on weekdays beginning November 9th.

MGM isn’t joining the trend. Reeg says the MGM has an average overall occupancy of 60%- 50% during weekdays and mid to high 90% during weekends. Because of this, he says there is no need for them to enforce midweek closures as Vegas “continues to get better” for them.

We’re Seeing Influencers Helping Casinos Bring in More Players

Casinos around the United States continue to deal with low visitation rates and drops in revenue. Unfortunately, many analysts predict that things will get worse over the next few months. We’re now beginning to see influencers helping casinos to bring in more players.

Social media influencers have a legitimate ability to help businesses. Some casinos are now taking advantage of this fact. Today, we’ll take a look at which venues are utilizing this strategy right now.

Let’s get into it!

California’s Gambling Industry is Still Struggling

The state of California is known for having some unusual gambling laws. Here, commercial casinos are completely prohibited. Native American casinos, however, are able to freely operate throughout the state.

As many know, there are a huge number of tribal casinos now operating in this state. Historically speaking, these venues have been hugely successful and help to bring the state large amounts of revenue every year. In 2020, however, this industry was flipped on its head.

All of the casinos here were shut down in March. These casinos are not directly regulated by the state, though. That meant each of them could set their own timetables to begin operating again. Within a few months, nearly all of the casinos in California were open again.

Things are still far from normal, though. Most casinos are seeing very low visitation rates. As a result, there’s been a major drop in revenue. The majority of residents here are simply choosing to avoid crowded venues such as casinos.

Some felt that the regulation of sports betting could improve the situation here. For reasons unknown, however, the state pushed against these plans. California’s casino industry is struggling and no one knows when things will begin to turn around.

Each casino is now taking its own approach to bring in more players. We’re beginning to hear about some new strategies taken by popular casinos in Southern California.

More Reports of Influencers Helping Casinos Have Surfaced

Casino companies spend a huge amount of time working on marketing strategies. That’s especially true with the major casinos in places like Las Vegas. Under normal circumstances, this city sees more than 40 million visitors every single year.

The entire US casino industry is now suffering. As a result, many companies are being forced to take new approaches to their marketing. In Southern California, several casinos are now reaching out to social media influencers to help bring in more players.

Heather Honea, a professor in marketing at San Diego State University, believes this strategy makes sense right now.

“It’s allowed us to connect with individuals we know less about but have sort of the same experiential component,” Honea said. “And as marketing has become so experiential it matters a lot that there’s someone we feel is sharing information in sort of a word-of-mouth matter but also kind of communicating their experiences or their ideas around a product.”

Several popular venues including the San Manuel Casino, Morongo Casino, and Harrah’s Resort Southern California are all taking this approach. It seems to be paying off. As a result, we could see more influencers helping casinos around the country in the future.

It’s an interesting time for this industry. We’re finally beginning to see the revenue reports for the major casino companies in Las Vegas.

More Casino Revenue Reports Are Coming Out

It’s been very interesting to see reports come out on major US casino companies this year. It seems like things are improving, yet no one knows how long this will last. This week, several reports on 2020’s third-quarter earnings came out for major casino companies.

Reports on Wynn Resorts’ earnings were just released. This company earned just $370.45 million over the months of July, August, and September. Interestingly, about half of this revenue came from Wynn Resorts’ properties in Las Vegas.

Caesars Entertainment also released its revenue reports for 2020’s Q3. More than $1.4 billion was earned by this company over three months. That represents a 34% decrease in revenue year-on-year.

All of the country’s major casino companies are seeing dips in revenue right now. It’s taking a serious toll on many of them. Las Vegas Sands, one of the oldest and most established gaming operators in the world, recently announced it was interested in selling some of its biggest properties.

We’ll continue seeing more of these reports come out for the rest of the year. Perhaps if we see more influencers helping casinos, these revenue figures will increase. Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

When do you expect the country’s casino industry to get back to normal? Let us know in the comments section below!

Mohegan Sun Set To Become First Tribal Casino Operator in Las Vegas

Table with Poker Cards and Casino Chips, Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is set to become the first tribal casino operator in the Last Vegas area.

Last Thursday, Mohegan received its final approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission to operate a casino in Sin City. Citing the tribe’s clean background, Commissioner Deborah Fuetsch said:

“I will say that this is a very impressive group of individual applicants — very clean backgrounds with not a single hiccup. With that many, usually we have one or two that we might have a couple of questions about their background. But this group was very impressive and really there was nothing that jumped out on any of the applicants.”

Part of The Tribe’s Growth Strategy

More than a dozen tribal government members and several gaming executives from the Mohegan attended the virtual meeting with Nevada regulators that lasted two and a half hours. Mohegan Gaming CEO Mario Kontomerkos told regulators that operating a Las Vegas casino is part of the tribe’s growth strategy. Newly appointed Mohegan Las Vegas casino manager Joe Hasson added that Mohegan’s east coast clients who have been seeking to visit Las Vegas will be drawn to its Sin City project.

Mohegan will operate the 60,000 square feet property in partnership with JC Hospitality LLC. The new Las Vegas casino is expected to open on January 15, 2021 after a $200M makeover. According to Mohegan, the project will have 650 video games and 50 tables, which can be increased if the demand calls for it.

While Mohegan will run the gaming operations, Virgin Hotels will operate the 1,110-room hotel which will be under the Hilton Hotel’s Curio Collection. Meanwhile, AEG will supervise the entertainment activities in the property. The resort’s restaurant lineup will include previous outlets which existed when it was still Hard Rock Las Vegas.

The Former Hard Rock Las Vegas

Earlier this month, the Nevada Gaming & Control Board unanimously approved the Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment’s application to operate gaming at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is the former Hard Rock Las Vegas and is located just east of the Las Vegas strip.

The property closed last February for the renovation. It was expected to be completed in the fall but its opening has been moved back to January 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down its construction. According to Mohegan officials, some 300 former employees of the Hard Rock Las Vegas were offered jobs after they were laid off when the property underwent remodeling.

Connecticut’s Mohegan Indian Tribe currently operates the gaming operations for Resorts Atlantic City, tribal casinos in Washington and Louisiana, in behalf of the tribes, the Fallsview Casino Resort on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls, and its flagship Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut and Mohegan Sun Poconos in Pennsylvania.

Live Entertainment To Return At MGM’s Las Vegas Properties Next Month

Outside of MGM in Las Vegas

MGM is bringing back live entertainment back to Las Vegas. In a statement released on Tuesday, MGM Resorts announced the return of various live shows to some of its Las Vegas casinos.

Said George Kliavkoff, MGM Resorts President of Entertainment and Sports:

“After eight months, it’s time to bring entertainment back to the Entertainment Capital of the World. While there is still a long road in our city’s recovery, the reintroduction of these shows is an important first step. November 6 is going to feel very special as we welcome back team members and guests and bring the curtains up for that first time.”

Seven Shows To Return on November 6th

According to its website, MGM will return seven shows beginning November 6th. These shows are David Copperfield, Carrot Top, Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club, Fantasy, Jabbawockeez, The Australian Bee Gees, and Thunder From Down Under. These shows will go live at MGM Grand, Luxor, and Excalibur.

Some shows will be transferred to bigger Las Vegas casinos in order to satisfy the state’s health and safety protocols. Currently, Nevada allows a maximum audience of 250 guests, separated six feet apart from one another, and a 25 feet distance between the stage and the closest audience. As a result, the following venue changes were announced:

  • David Copperfield will return to the David Copperfield Theater at MGM Grand
  • Jabbawockeez will bring its signature moves and “Timeless” show to the MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club will take to the stage in the resort’s Studio A & B Ballrooms
  • Carrot Top will perform in the Luxor Theater
  • Fantasy will perform in the Luxor Theater
  • The Australian Bee Gees will perform in the resort’s Thunderland Showroom at the Excalibur
  • Thunder From Down Under will perform in the resort’s Thunderland Showroom at the Excalibur
  • MGM’s move comes after Caesars Entertainment also announced that it will be returning three of its shows on the Strip. “X Country” is slated to return on
  • October 22nd while “Absinthe” and “Piff The Magic Dragon” will go live again at the end of this month.

Convene With Confidence Plan

MGM Resorts has formulated its own Seven Point Safety Plan and the “Convene With Confidence” Program for meetings and conventions which outline the health and safety measures that the company has put in place to protect its guests and employees. A specific “Convene With Confidence” program for entertainment and sporting events has also been developed and it will be implemented when the shows open on November 6th.

The comprehensive plan includes the health screening questionnaires, mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing, sanitation stations, regular cleaning of venues in between shows, and the encouraging of digital ticket sales and their contactless scanning to minimize touch points.

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Implements New Security Protocols

Table with Poker Cards and Casino Chips, Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

In the wake of the recent incidents of violence at the Las Vegas Strip, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is stepping up its security procedures.

Beginning last Friday, the Las Vegas casino implemented new several new security features for guests and employees. The heightened security measures will be applied every Fridays and Saturdays around the casino property.

Per statement from the Cosmopolitan:

“In a continued effort to ensure the safety and security of our guests and employees, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has implemented increased security measures on Friday and Saturday evenings at all Las Vegas Boulevard entry and exit points. In partnership with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, these new procedures are effective immediately, beginning tonight from 6:00PM to 6:00AM and every Friday and Saturday thereafter for the foreseeable future.”

Designated Entrance and Exit Points

The highlight of the new rules is the establishment of designated entrance and exit points. Under the scheme, the Las Vegas Boulevard doors facing the East will be designated as entry points only. Meanwhile, the doors on Las Vegas Boulevard facing north are assigned as exit areas only. Guests who will enter here will be redirected to the doors near Starbucks.

Meanwhile, the Sky Bridge doors will allow both entry and exit of authorized persons. The heightened measures also restrict entrance to the resort with only hotel guests with reservation, F&B guests with reservation, casino guests, and Identity rewards members allowed inside the resort.

Safety Screening

Aside from the designated entrance and exit points, the policy also calls for safety screening upon entry. Each guest will be checked via metal detector with all bags, purses, and backpacks required to be searched too. Likewise, all open and oversized alcoholic drinks or glass products will not be allowed inside the Las Vegas casino. These will have to be consumed or disposed of before the guest’s entry.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will assign officers at every entry point to observe and assists resort security personnel. According to officials of the Las Vegas casino and resort, these enhanced security procedures are being implemented to protect the health and safety of the property’s guests.

USA Today Names Best Casinos in the US for 2020

The US remains the biggest casino destination in the world. It’s impressive, especially considering many casinos in the country were shut down for months. Recently, USA Today named the best casinos in the US for 2020 and many are surprised at the results.Slot Machines Inside Casino

Some of these venues were expected to make the list. Others were wholly unexpected. Today, we’re going to take a look at the results of this USA Today list. We’ll also offer some updates on the US casino industry as a whole.

Let’s get into it!

US Casinos Are Still Working to Improve Safety Measures

The US has one of the most unusual casino industries operating today. Here, a mix of both commercial and Native American-run casinos are operating. All of the country’s casinos shut their doors back in March and most have since reopened.

Casino companies are still working hard to make things safe for their patrons. All casinos have safety measures set in place. That includes limiting total casino occupancy, lowering the number of players at table games, and requiring masks to be worn on the casino floor at all times.

Some feel these measures are not enough. There is still a lot that scientists do not know about this new virus spreading around the world. Casinos are now starting to focus on even stricter regulations to help the prevention of infection spreads.

Not long ago, ParkMGM announced it would prohibit smoking once it reopens. Other casino companies started to take notice. Just a few days later, the Cosmopolitan Casino-Resort announced that it was banning smoking in all public walkways and resort corridors.

Casino revenue is still low around the country. Online gambling earnings, however, are jumping quickly around the US. Many of the country’s top casino companies are now working hard to draw in new players while keeping things safe.

Here’s a look at USA Today’s breakdown of the best casinos now operating in the United States.

Here’s a Look at USA Today’s Best Casinos in the US for 2020

Every year, USA Today released a list of its best casinos for the year. This list tends to change each year. It’s not uncommon to see some of the same, world-renowned casinos listed here each year, though.

Many were curious to see how the list would be made in 2020. This is obviously one of the most unusual years in the history of the casino industry. This list has just come out and there are some fantastic gambling venues being featured.

USA Today lists the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut as the best overall hotel-casino in the nation. This venue features three impressive hotel towers for guests. The casino features a massive gaming floor with a wide range of slots and table games.

Las Vegas is home to some of the greatest casinos in the world. Many were astounded to see The D Las Vegas listed as the best gambling venue in the city. It’s located Downtown and offers some unique glimpses into what old Las Vegas felt like.

Feel free to check out the full list of the best casinos in the US for 2020. There are many venues listed that come as somewhat of a surprise. Hope is that all of these casinos see their revenue earnings increase as the year goes on.

New reports show that tourism rates in some of the country’s top casino destinations are still down.

Tourism Rates in Casino Destinations Are Still Low

Every major casino destination around the US has been struggling this year. None have been hit quite as hard as Las Vegas, though. This city’s casinos were shut down back in March and didn’t reopen until June.

Casino-resorts have been slow to reopen here. Today, nearly all of the major casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are now open. Recent reports show that tourism rates are still down considerably in this city when compared to 2019, though. There’s already been a 55% drop in visitation to the city this year.

Analysts are torn on whether or not this will improve as the year goes on. More casinos are opening in Las Vegas every single month. As the colder weather approaches, however, many health experts predict that cases of Covid-19 will start to rapidly increase around the country.

Cities with regulated online gambling operations are bringing in some much-needed revenue right now. Atlantic City, in particular, is seeing massive earnings from its online sports betting and casino industry. Many are now calling for Las Vegas to finally regulate internet casino gambling.

Some feel that USA Today’s list of the best casinos in the US for 2020 could help to boost visitation rates for casinos. It will be interesting to see if things improve as time goes on. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!

Do you agree with this top-10 list? Let us know in the comments section below!

ParkMGM to Reopen as the Strip’s First Non-Smoking Casino Resort

Las Vegas Park MGM Building
The Las Vegas Strip will have its first smoke-free casino at the end of the month.

MGM Resorts International announced on Monday that Park MGM will be a smoke-free facility when it reopens on September 30, 2020. The tobacco smoking ban covers the entire property, including the NoMad Las Vegas boutique hotel located at the upper floors of the resort building. The 5,200-seat Park Theater, which remains closed due to the COVID-19 ban on public gatherings, will also be a no smoking area when it opens its doors again in the future. Smoking areas will be provided outside Park MGM, and tobacco smoking is permitted at nearby MGM Properties like New York-New York and Aria.

Park MGM President Anton Nikodemus says that while it is the first in the Strip, it is not the first of MGM’s properties to be smoke-free. He noted that properties in other states like MGM Springfield in Massachusetts and MGM National Harbor in Maryland also ban smoking. Added Nikodemus:

“We’re making the facility completely non-smoking because of continued guest requests. We believe there is a high level of pent-up demand to have a non-smoking casino, especially here in Las Vegas.”

A Milestone, Not A Gamble

MGM’s move is seen as a milestone and not a gamble.The move is a turning point in a city known for its bright lights and heavy smoking, especially on the gaming floors. Before the pandemic struck, visitors could find ashtrays on every gambling table and and servers parading across the gaming area peddling cigars and cigarettes.

In the past, smoking and second-hand smoking have sparked political debates and even lawsuits. But the pandemic has forced the world to rethink a lot of things. For Sin City, this is one of them. There has been an increasing demand to have non-smoking casinos on the Strip. It’s but fitting that the biggest operator in the city is the first to provide that.

New Slogan

The Park MGM is the property that used to be the Monte Carlo casino-hotel. It has 2,993 rooms and several restaurant’s including Las Vegas’ only Eataly. It has been closed since March when casinos and hotels were shutdown by the government to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is the last of MGM Resorts International’s 29 U.S properties to reopen.

Earlier in the summer, there were rumors that the property on New York-New York and City Center would ban smoking. These stories floated when MGM and other companies started reopening their doors. There were whispers that Park MGM would be the first smoke-free casino in the Strip. On Monday moning, the resort’s website was updated with a new homepage that read: “Let’s Clean the Air: Park MGM is Smoke-Free.”

Las Vegas Sands Named as One of the Best Employers in the U.S.

Las Vegas Sands Corp
Las Vegas Sands Corporation was named as one of the best employers in the United States. In an article published by Forbes on Monday, Las Vegas Sands was officially included in its list of America’s Best-in-State Employers.

Said Sand chairman and chief executive officer Sheldon G. Adelson:
“Our company has built an enduring reputation as a global hospitality and business leader, due in large part to the dedication of our Team Members and leadership team. Our inclusion on the Best-in-State Employers list reinforces and validates that that reputation is well-earned. We set the standard for delivering an exceptional guest experience, maintaining consistently solid financial operations and being a responsible corporate citizenship in our communities, making them better places to work and live.”

Convention-Based Integrated Resort Pioneer

Las Vegas Sands Corporation is the largest developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts. It is considered as the trail blazer in the convention-based Integrated Resort Model model which combines state of the art convention facilities with luxury hotel rooms, world class gaming, and a wide-range of other attractions and offerings.

Its properties include two Las Vegas Strip attractions in The Venetian and The Palazzo. It is also the owner of the iconic Asian resort Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The casino operator also owns the largest properties on the Cotai Strip in Maco, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza, and Four Seasons Macao.

The company was established by Sheldon Adelson in 1988 when he and his business partners bought the famous Sands Hotel and opened the Sands Expo and Convention Center across the hotel. The 1.2M square foot property is the largest privately owned convention facility in the world.

Best-Liked Companies List

Forbes collaborated with market research company Statista to identify companies that are best-liked by employees. To come up the list Forbes and Statista conducted an independent survey of 80,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. The respondents were asked to rate, on a scale of 1 to 10, how likely they would recommend their employer to others.

The first survey was held last year and a ranking of the top 1,430 employers that received the most recommendations in each of the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia, was published. On Monday, Forbes released the 2020 list on its site. The list based on surveys conducted from the period of October 2019 to May 2020.

Mirage Set To Reopen on Aug. 27

Mirage
MGM announced on Friday that The Mirage will reopen on August 27th.

The opening comes ahead of the long labor day weekend and the integrated resort is eyeing to capitalize on the expected traffic during that three-day break. Labor day 2020 will be on September 7, 2020. 

The Mirage has been closed since March of this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. When Nevada allowed casino gaming to return last June 4, MGM Resorts said that it would open its Las Vegas properties in phases, and as the travel demand returns.

Said MGM CEO Bill Hornbuckle:

“As we have slowly and thoughtfully reintroduced our properties across the country, we have placed the health and safety of our guests and employees first at all times. Reopening The Mirage allows us to bring many more of our employees back to work, which is critical in the recovery of our community.”

One of the Last To Reopen

The Mirage Casino resort ushered the transformation of the Las Vegas Stip when it debuted in 1989. The 3,044-room resort is part of casino giant MGM Resorts International and is well-known for its iconic volcanic show. It was also the longtime home for world famous magicians Siegfried and Roy. The Mirage has also hosted the popular Cirque du Soleil show “The Beatles LOVE” for years.

Like the other MGM hotels, The Mirage will have complimentary self-service parking by no valet parking. MGM’s health and safety protocols will also be in place. These include the wearing of face masks, use of plexiglass barriers, and the strict implementation of social distancing.

The first MGM hotels to open in the state were Bellagio, New York-New York, and MGM Grand. Aria, Vdara, Mandalay Bay, the Signature at the MGM Grand, Delano Las Vegas, Excalibur, and Luxor followed. The Mirage is one of the last of MGM’s 13 hotels to reopen. After August 27th, only Park MGM and NoMad, a boutique hotel inside Park MGM, will be the only two MGM hotels closed.

Good News

The Mirage did not mention how many employees will return for work during the reopening. However, gaming establishments all over the United States are operating at a decreased capacity as part of the health protocols imposed due to the pandemic, which means lower staff count.

Still, the announcement of the reopening of the Mirage is good news for the Silver state’s depleted economy. The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation reported a jobless rate of 15% last June, one of the highest in the entire country.

Last year, Mirage contributed a total of $615.17 in revenue to the Las Vegas economy, an increase of almost $20M from its 2018 income figures. The Mirage ranked fourth among Las Vegas Strip hotels and resorts in revenues, behind only Bellagio, MGM Grand, and Mandalay Bay.