Vegas4Visitors.com Weekly Column by Rick Garman

The list below is the latest information I have what is coming soon to Las Vegas. Keep in mind that although all of this stuff has been publicly confirmed and is in some stage of development, you should keep a "I'll believe it when I see it" attitude about everything and not build your vacation around the opening of something on this list.

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COMING SOON TO LAS VEGAS

HOTELS

Sahara/SLS

The former Sahara hotel will be remodeled and renamed as the SLS Las Vegas, a luxury resort from the same company that manages SLS hotels in Beverly Hills and South Beach. It will be opening August 23, 2014.

The Linq Hotel & Casino

The Linq is yet another new name attached to the hotel that used to be the Imperial Palace and then The Quad. In addition to the public area makeover that it has already received, all of the rooms, the pool, and more will get redone by the end of 2014.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island will add a new 3-story retail and restaurant annex at the front of the building right on the corner of The Strip and Spring Mountain. It will feature dining outlets, a pharmacy, and other stores including an new car showroom. It will be accessible from both The Strip and from inside the resort. It should be up and running by late 2014.

THEhotel/Delano

THEhotel will be remodeled and rebranded as the Delano Las Vegas, a sister to the very upscale, very luxurious, very expensive Miami Beach Delano. Delano was originally supposed to come to Vegas at Echelon, the complex of hotels that was to replace The Stardust, but that project died so the company decided to go elsewhere. The work should be done by early 2015 with rooms coming on line as early as September 2014.

Hooter's

Hooter's is getting a much needed overhaul that will revise the casino, add new restaurants and entertainment, redo the pool, and remodel the guest rooms. The timetable on this is unknown.

New York-New York/Monte Carlo

The front of New York-New York and Monte Carlo will be completely revamped with new Strip facing bars, restaurants, retail, and more plus a park in between the two of them leading back to a new 20,000 seat arena. More details on the project here.

Tropicana Las Vegas

A major expansion of the Tropicana will get underway in 2014 that will add a 275,000 square-foot shopping mall to the front of the property along Las Vegas Boulevard. It is expected to have dozens of stores and restaurants in three stories that will be built in front of the hotel and partially over the existing porte corchere and casino. The latter means that the iconic Tiffany Glass ceiling over the main gaming pit will go away. The mall is expected to open in 2015.

Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops

The front of Bally's will get a big makeover to add shopping, dining, and entertainment venue called The Grand Bazaar shops. It will have 150 outlets and some high-tech attractions to draw people in. The due date on this one is late 2014.

Resorts World Las Vegas

A new $7 billion, Asian-themed property called Resorts World Las Vegas is being planned for the North Strip on the site of the former Echelon/Stardust project, across the street from Wynn Las Vegas. The property will have 3,500 rooms, the biggest casino in Las Vegas, a 4,000 seat showroom, and more with a heavy Asian theme that will include a replica of the Great Wall of China, the Terra Cotta Warriors, and a Panda Habitat. It is scheduled to open in 2016 or 2017.

All Net Resort Las Vegas

A $1.3 billion arena and hotel project is being planned for the former Wet 'n' Wild site on the Las Vegas Strip, just south of SLS Las Vegas (formerly The Sahara. The project is set to include a 22,000 seat retractable roof arena, a 500-room all-suite hotel, and a 300,000 square-foot shopping plaza with stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, and a 16-screen movie theater. It is slated to open in 2017.

Untitled Mega-Resort on Frontier Site

Australian billionaire James Packer bought the former Frontier site across the street from Wynn Las Vegas and plans to build a mega-resort there. Details have not been announced but they are hoping to start construction in 2015 and open by 2018.

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SHOWS

Life is Beautiful Festival

The second annual Life is Beautiful Festival is slated for the weekend of October 24, 2014. Music acts include Kanye West, Foo Fighters, OutKast, Skrillex, Lionel Richie, The Flaming Lips, and more while celebrity chefs will include Giada De Laurentiis, Jose Andres, Hubert Keller, and many more. Tickets are on sale at LifeIsBeautiful.com.

Rock in Rio

The Rock in Rio Festival is already a huge deal in Brazil, Spain, and Portugal, with the events there drawing upwards of 700,000 people to shows that have featured everyone from Justin Timberlake to Bruce Springsteen. The Las Vegas concerts will take place over two weekends in May of 2015, with an intention of having them every other year after that. The festival grounds will be more than just a patch of dirt or a parking lot with some porta-potties thrown at it. Instead it will be a fully realized events space called "Rock City" with five outdoor stages, several movie set style streetscapes with food and merchandise vendors, carnival games and rides, and even zip lines running across the whole thing. It will hold up to 80,000 people at a time. It will be built on the SW corner of The Strip and Sahara, across from the SLS Las Vegas and will remain permanently to be used for other events throughout the year.

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ATTRACTIONS

Liberace Experience

The Liberace Experience will be a re-imagining of the long-running Liberace Museum, which closed in 2010. The new attraction will be located at Neonopolis although an exact opening date is unknown at this time.

SkyVue

SkyVue is another observation wheel under construction, this one on the south end of The Strip across from Mandalay Bay. It will be 500 feet tall and will have a retail and restaurant complex at its base. It is scheduled to open in 2015.

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RESTAURANTS

Morimoto

Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America fame will be opening an eponymously title Japanese restaurant at The Mirage in 2014. It will replace the existing Japanois restaurant.

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NIGHTLIFE

Ferguson Motel

The former Ferguson Motel at 1028 Fremont Street will be converted into no fewer than three separate bars with a coffee shop and more than two dozen retail outlets. It should be open by late-2014.

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Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort will be undergoing a major expansion that will add lifts and courses. It is expected to be complete for the 2014 skiing season.

South Point Bowling Center

South Point already has a 64-lane bowling center but that's not enough, apparently. A second, separate 60-lane facility is being built that is designed to host pro bowling competitions. Estimated to cost $30 million the two-level facility will have spectator seating, retail, and its own events area. It's scheduled to open in late 2014 or early 2015.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North will be expanding. More than 30 new stores and parking will be added by 2015.

MGM Resorts Arena

MGM Resorts is planning on building a new 20,000 seat arena behind Monte Carlo and New York-New York for concerts, sporting events, and conventions. The project will also include a street of entertainment, restaurnats, bars, and shops from The Strip to Frank Sinatra Drive. It will be open in 2016.

Las Vegas Convention Center

A $2.5 billion overhaul of the Las Vegas Convention Center has been approved that will completely revamp the inside and outside of the facility, add new transportation hubs, green spaces, and a street of retail and entertainment outlets. No timetable has been released but don't expect to see this much before 2018.

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