This huge Asian cultural event takes place in Las Vegas on Friday, March 5, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., to promote and celebrate the rich Asia Pacific Culture through entertainment and activities including a fashion show, Asian talent showcase, cultural performances, and live concerts by local and international talents, community recognition awards, and more.
Hungry? Eighteen food vendors will be on hand representing the authentic cuisine of the Asia Pacific will be serving mouth watering dishes to the crowd.
AFT is an event that gives manufacturers, distributors and retailers a chance to meet and network with the consumers and attendees to promote and sell their products and services.
The event is in Las Vegas at Town Square, 6605 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
It’s going from bad to worse for developer Andrew Lai and bankrupt land owner Spring Mtn. Wynn Investments: Nobody bid on their prime casino land in Las Vegas.
Despite only requiring a $1 million deposit and a minimum bid of $27.5 million for the prime 22-acre Las Vegas casino land site currently appraised at $174 million, or $7.9 million per acre, not one person was willing to take a chance and shell out cash at the May 16 auction.
The dream of developer Lai was to develop and open in 2010 the Asian-themed Dragon City Casino and retail center, including a 31-story, 386-room hotel, employing at the facilities between 6,000 and 8,000 workers, appealing to middle-market Asian visitors to Las Vegas.
Even as the economy sputtered in 2008, in February Crowne Plaza still hailed the planned development, located on the prime property located at the edge pf the Chinatown district on Spring Mountain Road, a real gem, promising to bring “tens of thousand of visitors a year, making [it] a great location for an upscale meeting-savvy brand like Crown Plaza,” according to a statement last year from Gina LaBarre, vice president of brand management for the hotel chain. But, a few months later, the economy was in the toilet and all plans were squashed.
Now, the property is being split up with three of the nine total parcels on the site – amounting to 9.4 acres in the smack dab “filet mignon” center of the property, owned by the Community Bank of Nevada as collateral for prior loans (currently used as a staging area for the defunct Cosmopolitan) – going up in a foreclosure sale on June 26, as agreed in a prior deal reached with Spring Mtn. Wynn Investments.
Currently, about 7 percent of Las Vegas guests come from Asian markets. But when you combine the visiting population with local Asian residents, it is hoped Las Vegas businesses will get a much needed boost from the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Ox – which officially begins on January 26.
Here’s our Las Vegas Backstage Access Top Five Picks, listed sequentially:
- 1) Jan. 22 – Charleston Heights Arts Center is hosting the film “The Road Home” at 6:30 p.m. at 800 S. Brush St. $3 admission. 702-229-6383
- 2) Jan. 25 – Green Valley Ranch will host the second annual Chinese New Year’s concert and party- acrobats, magic show, Chinese folk dance, Kung fu demonstrations, and more. 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway. 702-686-9255
- 3) Jan. 26 through Feb. 28 – Bellagio Conservatory will feature its Chinese New Year’s show with 15-foot-long botanical ox made from more than 10,000 living Alternanthera; an 18-foot-toall Chinese God of Wealth and Fortune, I-Ching coins, and more. 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Free.
- 4) Feb. 8 – Chinese American Chamber of Commerce is having their 15th annual New Year’s celebration from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza, 4255 Spring Mountain Rd. $3 adults; $1 children ages 6 to 12, younger are free. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend, so best to arrive early.
- 5) Last, but not least, the Lohan School of Shaolin will present several authentic lion dances throughout the Las Vegas Valley during the Chinese New Year season. Please call 702-364-5875 for locations and times.