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Caesars Entertainment upgrades thousands of its Las Vegas hotel rooms By George Seli

resort’s meeting facilities, which (L-r): The LINQ Promenade, which will have been re-carpeted as part of be the site of the Strip’s first zipline; the renovation. the renovated Eldorado Ballroom “We had many guests Other Caesars properties at the Flamingo Las Vegas; and a in Las Vegas have also seen comment on the Grecian Villa at Caesars Palace’s meeting space upgrades. Palace Tower, one of 10 new luxury change in the rooms, In 2016, ballrooms were villas on the top floor. refurbished at the 2,916-room how impressed they Paris Las Vegas, which offers 140,000 sq. ft. of function space were with the upgrades Gordon Ramsay’s fifth establishment overall. Ballroom space at the with Caesars Entertainment, HELL’S and decorations.” Flamingo Las Vegas has also KITCHEN will seat 300 guests amid a been remodeled. “We wanted —Linda Hyde, Executive Director, TV studio-like environment. Early 2018 to elevate the ballroom space American Association of Private Lenders will also see the opening of Pronto to coincide with the new by Giada, serving De Laurentiis’ guestrooms,” Ross explains. California-influenced Italian fare in a The Flamingo is also fast, casual format. undergoing a property-wide guestroom renovation. The $90 million On the entertainment front, Caesars has always been a leader in first phase, including 1,260 of the hotel’s 3,460 rooms, will be completed the Las Vegas market, hosting top-tier performers at Caesars Palace in April 2018. According to Ross, “Once the first phase is completed it and other properties. Entertainment offerings were enhanced in is anticipated that we will go right into the next phase until property 2014 with the debut of the LINQ Promenade, located between The is completed.” The fully renovated rooms will feature contemporary LINQ Hotel & Casino and the Flamingo. Here, attendees can enjoy and retro-chic designs with accents that celebrate Flamingo’s history, live music at the Brooklyn Bowl, virtual reality experiences at VR spanning more than 70 years. The property offers groups the 73,000-sq.-ft. Adventures and eventually ziplining at Fly LINQ. Construction is Corporate Convention Center and Executive Conference Center. Other expected to begin this spring on what will be the first and only zipline renovations of note include 2,050 rooms at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The approximately $20 million Fly LINQ & Casino, scheduled for completion in May 2018, and 2,350 rooms at features 10 side-by-side ziplines, capable of simultaneously launching Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino, completed in June 2017. all riders. From the 122-ft.-tall launch tower, the ride continues The former property houses 175,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and the latter eastward, traveling 1,080 feet above the LINQ Promenade. Riders 88,000 sq. ft. disembark near the base of the High Roller. “We already have an Ross feels that these projects will both help to maintain Caesars’ attraction in our High Roller and a lot of people are walking down that existing group business and draw new clientele. “Caesars has always whole LINQ Promenade, so it seemed like a natural to offer another maintained its customer base, but now with the new product, we’re attraction for people to fly overhead from the Strip all the way down getting a lot of interest from customers and I think our convention traffic to the High Roller,” says Ross. “I think it will be a nice complement to will certainly [increase]. After 2019, we’ll have almost 90 percent new what we already have in terms of restaurants, clubs, the Brooklyn Bowl product on the Strip. Even with the new hotels coming online, we’re going and other attractions.” to be the newest guys on the block. It’s really refreshing to our company For meeting groups, the simultaneous launch of 10 riders certainly has and a sense of pride for our employees.” a teambuilding aspect, as participants depart from their “comfort zones” New celebrity chef restaurants are also drawing attention to together. With the widespread guestroom upgrades at Caesars’ Las Caesars’ Las Vegas hospitality product. Most prominently, the world’s Vegas hotels, they also have remarkable comfort zones to return to after first HELL’S KITCHEN restaurant opens at Caesars Palace on Jan. 26. their offsite adventures. Facilities & destinations 2017 Fall / Winter

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