Richard N. Velotta, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Richard N. Velotta

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Recent articles by Richard:

Gaming has bigger role for Vegas visitors, new survey report says

While analysts try to determine if it’s a trend or an aberration, the percentage of people seeking out Las Vegas for its gambling is growing, a new study says. → Read More

7 Harrah’s Laughlin workers test positive for COVID-19

Owner Caesars Entertainment Corp. says the property is executing its health and safety protocols to address new cases, but didn’t disclose where the employees worked. → Read More

State gaming boards to consider Caesars-Eldorado merger

The state Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission will meet back to back Wednesday beginning at 9:30 a.m. → Read More

M Resort scrapping $25 resort fee during summer months

Henderson’s M Resort, operated by Penn National Gaming and is the official headquarters hotel of the Las Vegas Raiders, is scrapping its resort fee through Labor Day. → Read More

Tourism commission reviews travel survey results — WATCH LIVE

The Nevada Commission on Tourism is meeting to examine survey data showing just how reluctant would-be visitors are to travel at a time when COVID-19 exists. → Read More

Survey shows big reluctance to travel with coronavirus ablaze

A report issued by San Francisco-based Destination Analysts that surveys prospective visitors attitudes toward travel found the economic toll on tourism resulting from the coronavirus outbreak is not pretty. → Read More

Circa to begin taking reservations Wednesday; no children allowed

Circa owner Derek Stevens joked that because his new downtown resort was expensive to build, he couldn’t afford to put in an arcade. → Read More

Nevada to have 4th worst tax revenue from hotels

State and local tax revenue from hotel operations in Nevada will be the fourth lowest among states in the nation in 2020, a new report says. → Read More

Massachusetts casino plan bans craps, roulette, requires masks

In a bid to have the most restrictive casino reopening plan in the country, the Gaming Commission won’t allow poker and will require facial coverings for all patrons. → Read More

LVCVA unsure of 2021 Pro Bowl’s effect on Las Vegas tourism

The National Football League’s all-star game, the 2021 Pro Bowl, is heading for Las Vegas in January, but tourism leaders are unsure how big of a tourism draw it will be. → Read More

Casinos put safety first, but many guests ignore protocols

Industry observers say pandemic rule inconsistencies result from a combination of failings, most of them involving casino guests who choose not to follow those rules. → Read More

MGM to reopen Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Aria

MGM Resorts International on Tuesday announced a reopening plan for Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Aria. → Read More

Linq casino, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Aria set to reopen

MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. on Tuesday announced reopening plans that will expand hotel and casino capacity in the city. → Read More

Las Vegas’ ad agency awarded $110M contract extension

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Tuesday approved a multimillion-dollar, one-year contract with a possible six-month extension for R&R Partners to continue as the organization’s advertising consultant. → Read More

Las Vegas casinos host 1st weekend visitors since shutdown — BLOG

Las Vegas casinos hosted weekend visitors Saturday for the first time since mid-March. Check back here throughout the day to see what’s happening on the Strip and at local casinos. → Read More

Downtown Las Vegas casinos prepare to reopen Thursday

For some downtown Las Vegas casino operators, Thursday won’t come soon enough. → Read More

Las Vegas set to get new ad with casino reopening

Tourism leaders say it won’t be as easy as flipping a switch, but a new TV ad debuting this week shows the Strip in big lights coming to life to show the city’s reopening. → Read More

Las Vegas casinos to reopen Thursday with many unanswered questions

Guests won’t have to wear face coverings, smoking will be allowed and social distancing protocols will be tough to uphold as Nevada gaming tries to get back to normal. → Read More

As expected, Las Vegas visitation hit all-time lows in April

The impact of the coronavirus was expected to be great in April and LVCVA statistics bear that out → Read More

Slimmed-down LVCVA budget 43% below last year’s financial plan

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is expecting half the room-tax revenue it received this fiscal year, leading to numerous cuts in the $206.6 million plan. → Read More