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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HOTELS

The Quad

The Quad has risen from the shabby that used to be Imperial Palace, but all of the attention had been paid only to the public areas. Now the rooms are getting a much needed makeover, which is expected to be complete by late 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 late 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.

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 Labor Day Weekend 2014.

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.

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SHOWS

Mamma Mia!

The hit musical featuring the songs of ABBA will be making a return to Vegas at The Tropicana in May of 2014. The show played for more than five years at Mandalay Bay More info: Mamma Mia!.

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ATTRACTIONS

SlotZilla

The mack daddy of all zip lines being planned for Downtown Las Vegas with SlotZilla, a 120-foot tall slot machine replica that will have 8 zip lines coming out of it. The attraction is due to open in February of 2014.

Voodoo Skyline

Furthering the zip-line fever is word of yet another one that is being planned to run between the roofs of the hotel towers at The Rio some 350 feet above the ground. This was supposed to be open by fall of 2013 but has run in money trouble - it's future is in doubt.

Cowabunga Bay

Speaking of water parks, Cowabunga Bay is another one under construction, this time in Henderson. It will be a 23 acre park with several one-of-a-kind rides and is slated to open May 24, 2014.

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 and should be open in late 2014.

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

Gordon Ramsay Plane Food

Gordon Ramsay will be seeking to up the quality of food at McCarran International Airport by opening a branch of his Plane Food eatery later this year. The restaurant, based on the one of the same name at London's Heathrow, will feature traditional dine-in selections, an express menu that will get you in and out in enough time to catch your plane, and takeout that you can carry on the plane.

BLT Steak

Bally's will be closing its long-running steakhouse and replacing it with a branch of BLT Steak, a chain with outlets in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, Atlanta, Miami, and Hong Kong to name a few locations. It should be open by early next year. No word on what will happen to the Sterling Brunch buffet that is served in the space on weekends

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.

Giada De Laurentiis Restaurant

Giada De Laurentiis, the Food Network star, will be bringing her cooking specialties to a restaurant in Las Vegas in early 2014 at the upcoming Gansevoort hotel (formerly Bill's and Barbary Coast).

Daniel Boulud Returning to Vegas

Chef Daniel Boulud had one of the most popular (and most expensive) restaurants in Vegas for many years with his Boulud at Wynn Las Vegas racking up rave reviews and epicurean awards. Like many high-ticket eateries, it became a victim of the economic downturn and closed but Boulud is making Vegas comeback with word that his more affordable DB Brasserie will open in May in the restaurant row along the long hall that connects The Venetian and The Palazzo. It will French dishes with an American sensibility in a casual bistro setting.

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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 mid-2014.

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OTHER

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 the fall of 2014.

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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