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NAB Show Comes to Las Vegas

The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, the world’s largest electronic media show, conference and expo for film professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms, takes place April 10 – 15, 2010 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 12). 

This week it was announced that Stan Lee, the iconic co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and The Incredible Hulk, will appear at this year’s event.  

“A key theme of this year’s NAB Show is transmedia: developing, integrating and monetizing content for multiplatform distribution,” said Chris Brown, executive vice president, conventions & business operations for NAB Show. “Stan Lee has epitomized the concept of transmedia with his amazing creations, which have been turned into smash hit feature films, television series and innovative digital content.” 

Stan Lee is the Founder of POW! Entertainment and has served as its Chairman and Chief Creative Officer since inception. But he is best known as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. 

Lee’s co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange. Now the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Media, Lee creates new intellectual property for POW!, which has been in operation since 2001.

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Grand opening tonight for MEET Las Vegas brings celebrities, politicians to celebrate the city’s newest events center

Today, March 16, at 4:30 p.m. will be the ribbon cutting and blue carpet grand opening of MEET Las Vegas. It’s the city’s newest venue for corporate events, trade shows, weddings and more. Over 800 of Las Vegas’ most influential, talented and exciting members of the community are expected to attend.  The public is invited to attend. 

Many of Las Vegas’ public figures and celebrities will join the grand opening festivities including Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Rita Rudner, Holly Madison, Carrot Top, Criss Angel, Anthony Cools, Wayne Newton, Zowie Bowie, the cast of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Las Vegas, Kerry Simon, Alicia Jacobs as well as Las Vegas corporate executives and community leaders.  A silent art auction to benefit Opportunity Village will be on the third floor of the venue.

MEET, offering unlimited options with its customizable digital design environment and flexible rigging infrastructure, is a 30,000 square foot three-story venue and outdoor pavilion located at 233 South 4th Street at Bridger Street in downtown Las Vegas. 

Accommodating up to 2,000 people, the first two floors are a blank canvas, providing expedient move-in and tear downs because the rigging and technology infrastructure are fixed elements. With color changing exterior and interior lighting, MEET Las Vegas provides “Customized Branding”. The third floor provides executive concierge services for VIP retreats and meetings as well as two state-of-the-art, computer equipped classrooms. 

The Bridger and 4th Street lobbies offer one of the most versatile exhibition and event spaces in Vegas. There is color-changing lighting capability for fully branded events. State of the art wall and ceiling rigging capabilities, with floor connection points, work in unison provides optimum versatility for events, product shows and exhibitions. The tension and weight load rigging points provide dynamic options without laborious and expensive temporary infrastructure installs. There are audio-visual TeleData tieline connectivity plates every 10 feet.

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Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Kicks Off in Las Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, Jan. 6th in Las Vegas. The show will be smaller than it has in the past but there are still lots of exciting devices expected to be revealed. 

One of the most talked about electronics that could potentially be revealed two days before the big event is the Nexus One. This is Google’s version of the iPhone using the Android 2.1 technology. 

New tablet style computers are also expected to be introduced by several different manufacturers as well. There is hope that Apple will be unveiling their version of the tablet. 

Electronic readers for the popular e-books are expected to be very popular at the show this year.  E-books have taken off with warp speed in the past year and consumers are excited for different versions, including the very popular Amazon Kindle. 

3D HDTV’s are undoubtedly going to be an integral part of the electronics future; the first will be introduced at the upcoming show. Several different companies are expected to reveal their latest versions of this exciting technology that is in high demand.

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International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Offers Huge Camera Showcase

The 2010 International CES show will feature top companies with the latest products in digital imaging hardware and software in its Digital Imaging Showcase. Produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2010 International CES, the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology, returns to Las Vegas, January 7 through 10, 2010.

With many consumers looking to improve the quality of their digital imaging technology and libraries, the Digital Imaging Showcase this year will be bigger than ever before. CEScamera

Digital imaging – and high quality digital cameras in particular – remain a central focus for consumers, as household penetration of digital cameras reaches nearly 80 percent and shipments of digital cameras featuring more than 10 megapixels are projected to increase by 237 percent in 2009. Shipments of digital cameras are estimaged to generate $6 billion in sales in 2009, with more than 30.5 million units sold. 

The Digital Imaging Showcase will feature more than 37,000 square feet of exhibit space, with more than 60 exhibitors in South Hall 3 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This dedicated exhibit area will feature all aspects of the imaging product category, including cameras and capture devices, storage, software, printers, kiosks, bags and accessories. 

Top imaging companies will be featured at the 2010 CES such as ATP, Kodak, Iomega, Tiffen, Wacom and Wynit. Other major imaging companies exhibiting at the 2010 CES include Canon, Casio, Fuji, JVC, Lowepro, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony. 

For more information and to register to attend the 2010 International CES visit www.CESweb.org .

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Star Trek Docks in Las Vegas

It’s that time of the year again when Trekdom descends upon the Las Vegas Hilton for Star Trek Las Vegas from August 6 though 9, the world’s largest Star Trek convention. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are slated to appear on Sunday while Christopher Lloyd (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock) will appear on Saturday. New Spock Zachary Quinto will be appearing on Sunday as well. In fact,  seventy guests from The Original Series all the way to the J.J. Abrams movie will be on hand.  startrek

Convention events include panels, autograph sessions galore, the vendor’s room, performances by various Trek celebrities, video and costume competitions, feasts, lunches and breakfasts with Quinto, Lloyd and many more.

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Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Opens Gigantic New Meeting Space

Bad economy be darn.  Caesars Palace opened 110,000 square feet of new convention and meeting spaces on July 13, despite an economic downturn that has Las Vegas convention attendance dropping double digits, equating to 2,441 fewer meetings held this year than last. 

The convention area was part of a $1 billion expansion project of Caesars Palace that boosts the property’s total meeting space to 320,000 square feet. 

Harrah’s Entertainment in January announced it was postponing construction of the planned 660-room Octavius Tower, but would work to continue the convention area. 

The new space is the largest in Las Vegas for Harrah’s Entertainment.  The company’s other properties range in size form 160,000 square feet at the Rio, where the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is held annually, to 25,000 square feet at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. 

Caesars Palace officials expect the new space will permit it better to compete with similarly sized high-end space at the Bellagio, Encore, and Wynn Las Vegas.

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Candy Spelling Footloose at Las Vegas’ Jewelry ‘Candy’ Show

Candy Spelling attended the luxury jewelry Couture trade show on May 28 – June 2 at Wynn Las Vegas, apparently loving every sparkling moment of it.  Spelling, whose jewelry collection occupies two rooms in her 70,000-square-foot home, enjoys attending Couture annually, where more than 200 global jewelry designers and retailers meet in Las Vegas. Candy Spelling

“I really do love jewelry,” says one of the most famous wives and notorious mothers of Hollywood. 

Spelling, who enrolled in a gemology course with the Gemology Institute of America (GIA) years ago, has recently released her new book, “Stories from Candyland,” and it has several Las Vegas shout outs.  Las Vegas is where she struck a $100,000 jackpot (the lucky keep getting luckier) and where she’s been making cameos at Couture for the past 18 years to remedy what she calls her jewelry “illness.”

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Las Vegas Room Occupancy Rates Bounce Back

roomsLas Vegas is not going back to their heyday of charging $500 per night room rates.   With ever increasing competition and the growing room inventory, those days are probably gone forever.  

But visitors are now at least starting to return to the bright neon of Las Vegas, lured by the lower relative room rates and successful direct marketing drives by Las Vegas hotels that are filling the weekday void left by conventiongoers whose budgets have dwindled. 

Las Vegas vigorous room marketing efforts are at last starting to pay off.  

With Las Vegas hotel demand and occupancy rates inching upwards, Las Vegas resort executives are rethinking their room strategies and are considering increasing room rates, a move that could contribute to improving their sagging profit margins and contribute to the start of a healthy Las Vegas business rebound in 2010. 

“The weekends are consistently solid now,” MGM Mirage CEO Jim Murren said during a conference call last week to discuss first-quarter earnings.  “Even when we don’t have a major event we are able to occupy rooms at a solid level.” 

In January, MGM Mirage’s hotels had an occupancy rate in the 70s- a respectable statistic for many major cities but ranked poor for Las Vegas, where hotels have historically operated at higher than 90 percent occupancy.  That figures has risen each month this year, reaching 95 percent in March and 97 percent in April, in line with a year ago before business worsened. 

Las Vegas room rates although increasing, are still depressed, according to official figures from earnings reports and tourism officials.  MGM Mirage’s revenue per available room was $102, or 34 percent lower in the first quarter than the year-earlier period. 

Undaunted, Phil Ruffin, who bought Treasure Island from MGM Mirage in March, plans to raise their room rates.  “I’m not going to give rooms away.  That’s a heads-in-beds philosophy,” Ruffin said.  “I don’t want the $50 customer.” 

You can still make money – more money, in fact – by running at 70 to 90 percent occupancy and charging more for rooms, according to Ruffin.

Whether this strategy and others like it continues to work depends on the ongoing reaction of recession-battered tourists that have now tasted sweet vintage hotel price deals in Las Vegas.  

Las Vegas tourism growth, analysts say, will only continue if tourists believe they’re getting a bargain and a good combination deal- not just a good room rate, but meals, shows and drinks as well.

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Las Vegas Visitor & Tourism Stats Down

On  March 10, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported that potentially $131,600, 000 was lost in non-gaming revenue in the past 90 days resulting from 340 event cancellations and 236,700 lost room nights and untold amounts of casino betting.  January results, though, showed Nevada collected $47 million, a 42.4 percent drop from a year ago, and the 13th straight month gaming revenues have declined. 

Las Vegas visitors in January were fewer than 2.8 million people, a decrease of 11.8 percent from a year ago, yielding a 71.9 percent average occupancy citywide in January. 

A survey conducted by the authority reported 60 percent of Las Vegas resort operators think 2009 convention and meeting attendance will fall further than it did last year when business travel was down 5 percent.  That could spell trouble for the estimated 46,000 people in Las Vegas who have jobs relating to this business sector. 

Las Vegas boosters and the business travel industry blamed President Obama and his defenders, in part, for exacerbating recession-related travel declines by suggesting companies that hold events in appealing destinations could be in line for public shaming.

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Las Vegas Leads Nation in Nightclub, Bar and Lounge Revenue

The post-mortem is in for what’s commonly referred to as “The Show,” and what’s officially known as the annual Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show, part of the International Hospitality Week, that was held last week for four days, March 1 though  4,  in Las Vegas. nightclub2

But The Show was definitely not dead – and nobody was spotted reading any last rites- especially great news in our sour, but always sweet Las Vegas economy.  Thousands of bar and nightclub conventioneers, though, literally hoisted-elbow-to-elbow, packing the Las Vegas Convention Center to check out the large array of new bar products and equipment from around the country and, of course, taste scrumptious food samples and imbibe on out-of-this-world libations. 

The good news is that Las Vegas represented the largest-volume of independent nightclubs, bars, and lounges in the United States for 2008.  Bad economy or not, Las Vegas proved once again that successful bar and nightclub operations is an art and science revenue reality:  Las Vegas is the home of 21 of the top 100 nightclubs and bars in the nation, drawing in a combined revenue from $360 million to $570 million in 2008.   Further adding to the prestigious ranking, Las Vegas was home to 6 of the top 10 venues. 

“Clearly, Las Vegas maintains its dominance as a nightclub destination,” says David Henkes, vice president of Technomic and leader of the firm’s adult beverage practice. 

Such are the findings of the primary and secondary research study undertaken by Nightclub & Bar magazine and Chicago-based market research firm Technomic, Inc., who partnered together to develop the first revenue-based listing of top-producing independent nightclubs, bars and lounges in the nation. 

The survey used to develop the Top 100 list showed that 60 percent of respondents experienced increases in total revenues in 2008; only 11 percent experienced sales decline and 29 percent reported no change from 2007. 

On average, alcohol accounted for 71 percent of total revenues, with cocktails generating the lion’s share of drink sales – 52 percent – and beer and spirits contributing 38 percent and 10 percent, respectively.  Food sales accounted for an average of seven percent of venue sales. 

Henkes projects that nightclubs, bars and lounges will fare better than their casual dining colleagues in the face of the continued downward economic spiral.   However, he cautioned that as unemployment rises and the recession continues to impact more and more consumers, the young adult demographic that favors these independent nightclubs, bars and lounges will likely curb their discretionary spending. 

“To succeed in 2009, operators will need a clear value proposition:  understand why people come to your venue and deliver an experience they can’t get elsewhere,” Henkes affirms.  “In the best of times, it’s difficult to keep a hot club hot – many of these Top 100 clubs have done so continuously for years – but all bar operators will need to work smart to keep going and growing.  Each individual concept needs to continuously reinvent itself to stay fresh for today’s customer, who is becoming more discerning in where they spend their entertainment dollars.” 

To wet your whistle, here’s the ranking of Las Vegas venues from the nation’s Top 100 revenue 2008 listing :  Tao Nightclub (1) – pictured in inset, Tryst (2), Pure (4), Jet (5), The Bank Nightclub (7), LAX (8), Body English (11), Moon Nightclub (12), ghostbar (13), Prive (17), Playboy Club (21), Drais After Hours (22), Christina Audigier (27), rumjungle (28), Studio 54 (29), Blush (31), Rain in the Desert (35), Stoney’s Rockin Country Bar (38), Krave Nightclub (44), Tabu Ultra Lounge (60), and Poetry Nightclub (79). 

Bottom’s up- here’s hoping for a good bar and nightclub 2009 performance.

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Las Vegas Winter Market

From February 9 though February 13, thousands of top commercial and residential designers, producers, and lasvegasmarketsuppliers from around the globe will be showcasing their newest ideas, products, and services in five million square feet of exhibits in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Winter Market.  Hot trends, products, and expert panel discussions in every market category will be represented including furniture, bedding, decorative accessories, lighting, floor coverings, home textiles, gifts, and more.

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