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Gay Weddings, Commitment Ceremonies, Domestic Partnerships and Honeymoons in Las Vegas

Las  Vegas
is the wedding capital of the world with about 120,000  weddings/ceremonies last year. That’s about 2,300  every  week!

Gay marriage isn’t legal in Nevada, however domestic partnerships  were recently approved. But that is a whole other topic.  And there is certainly no law that prohibits gay commitment ceremonies or honeymoons from taking place in Las Vegas. And MANY do, every year.

In fact, since Las Vegas is one of the top wedding destinations in the world,  and Las Vegas is in the most popular  top 3 LGBT travel destinations , most major hotels and resorts in Las Vegas offer wedding/commitment ceremony  services and honeymoon packages and welcome the gay community with open arms!

Whether you are planning a honeymoon in Las Vegas or you want to have a  ceremony here, Las Vegas can  offer a  great value, great fun, and great variety from the inexpensive to the extravagent.  Whether you like to gamble or not, Las Vegas has so much to see and do!

The Gay Chapel of Las Vegas  (1205 Las Vegas Blvd. S.) is  the only dedicated chapel for same sex ceremonies. Gay owned and operated, they offer an array of themed wedding packages from Elvis Blue Hawaii to Disco to Phanthom of the Opera and beyond. Or simply a use their lovely outdoor Gazebo for a softly lit romantic ceremony in the evening. From simple to outrageous, they can do it all.

It is a great place to elope to, as their ceremonies are streamed on the Internet so  friends back home can watch. They also have a  nice boutique hotel to stay in. There is also a reception facility meet your every need from an intimate cake and champagne for two, to an elaborate sit-down dinner reception for 80 with a DJ or live entertainment. Both owners come from an entertainment background so they are pro’s at lighting, staging and production values.

“We offer gay and lesbian couples a wonderful selection of ceremonies. Couples can have the elegant  ceremonies they always dreamed of or let your imagination run wild! If you do not see a ceremony you are dreaming of just call the chapel and we will be more then happy to accommodate you! The Gay Chapel of Las Vegas can be transformed like a stage show set to “produce” your Commitment ceremony, any way you wish for.”

 Harrah’s Entertainment  was the first gaming company to receive a 100% rating and is listed as one of the “Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality” as well as “Best Companies for GLBT Equality” in their 2009 index.

How romantic to get married in Paris? Commitment ceremonies  are available at Paris Las Vegas , Caesars Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas – Harrah’s Entertainment’s primary wedding venues. Any package you see online is available for same-sex couples. Each property is also staffed with knowledgeable coordinators who are happy to help and accommodate most any request. Paris also has some great honeymoon packages! And Paris has been a leader in welcoming the LGBT community.

 

The Wedding Salons at Wynn Las Vegas  are among the most beautiful places in the world to make a commitment to the person you love. Their dedicated Wedding Consultants are on hand and available to help you plan your special day from beginning to end. And a special Honeymoon package offers an array of post-ceremony goodies to cap off your ceremony in style! And if you are staying at the Wynn or Encore property, there are some added perks available.

Wynn  Resorts  also received 100% rating  on the HRC index . And is listed as one of the “Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality” as well as “Best Companies for GLBT Equality” in their index.

A Mariah Carey concert at The Palms was the spot for a gay proposal last fall. A gay couple  from Toronto took to the stage to give Mimi a hug, and one of the guys took advantage of the situation to propose to his partner with Mariah’s blessing. The crowd erupted when they realized an engagement was taking place and the ever-gracious and curvaceous singer stood to the side to allow the twosome to enjoy their special moment. You can watch the sweet video of their gay proposal  in Las Vegas online.

The Palms is no stranger to gay proposals or commitment ceremonies! In fact, on a recent trip to Las Vegas, we were invited to a swanky committment ceremony in the mid-afernoon that took place in one of the Palms Sky-Villas . It was a spectacular setting, 6,000+ square feet of lusciousness with a waterfall wall in the center of the room and a pool in the room that flowed out to the buildings glass edge wall, providing an amazing view!

If you have ANY questions at all, that you may need help with, Joni Moss is THE person to go in Las Vegas. She sits on the Board of Directors as Co-Chairman for “Las Vegas Territory”, also as Treasurer of Destination Services Association” and board member for the “Community College Floral Association” as well as the newly founded “Wedding Professionals of Las Vegas Organization” and was the initiator of a newly founded statewide association called the “ Nevada Wedding Association”.

“I have been doing this years now and REALLY enjoy being a part of someone’s life changing day.” says Joni. Joni is always positive, smiling, energetic and definitely upbeat. Feel free to contact her at  702-236-8728, visit her Wedding Connection  site  or email  her . She will be happy to assist you with your wedding needs or just answer a simple question and point you in the right direction, and truly “connect you” to your vision. No matter how big or small.

Special  thanks  to:
Pastor Peter Starzyk and Rev. Danielle Ledoux-Starzyk of Elegant Vegas Weddings 
Photography Services by Danille DeBruno  
DJ 
Lisa PIttman 

 

 

 

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Blue Moon Resort – The Only Gay Hotel for Men in Las Vegas

Just a few minutes
from the Las Vegas strip
is a gay getaway oasis.

Blue Moon Resort , is proud to be Las Vegas’ first and only Hotel exclusively for gay men. “Living up to being Las Vegas’ only gay hotel is tough but we accept the challenge!” says owner John Hessling who opened the place about 7 years ago.

Coming from a background with 20+ years experience in the hospitality business, Hessling has done everything from work the front desk to handling international sales for Luxor and Mandalay Bay. “Over the years I have worked in many aspects of the hotel industry. And in my travels, I had been to Palm Springs on many occassions and observed what they were doing and offering for gay guest houses,” explains John.

“My idea was to bring that to Las Vegas, but with my own personal touch. I drew up a business plan and with the help of some investors, got things going.”

When I told people I was staying here recently, I got GASPS! from a couple friends! They said, “You know that is a clothing optional place? It’s going to be like a bath house!”

Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, it is clothing optional. But 90% of the people kept their clothes on. And it was not sleazy at all. Yes, they have a steam room. Yes, they have a movie room. But everything is very private, and not in your face. So it is not offensive to those who are not into it. They’re plenty of saunas and bath houses in Las Vegas. This is a hotel, first and foremost.

One German fellow we chatted with, had stayed there 3 times prior. He summed it up with, “It’s cruisy if you want that, or it’s low-key and private if you want that. I love this place. I don’t like the mega-hotels with all the straight people and noise. It’s so nice to just hang out and sip a wine by the pool and hang out and chat with other gay men.”

Luxurious huge rooms, great prices from $60 – $150, friendly people in a quiet neighborhood away from all the strip noise and crowds. It’s a hidden gem that provides a plethora of amenities with a fun, friendly, extremely comfortable and clean atmosphere. The Blue Moon Resort overflows with quality, beginning with its 45 newly remodeled rooms and suites. The non-smoking rooms and suites have king or two double beds with down comforters and pillow-top mattresses. The second and third floor rooms have wall-to-wall carpeting. The first floor rooms have Mexican Saltillo Tile and are pet friendly upon request.

 

And check this out; throughout the year there a limited number of discounted rooms in the system.  You can sometimes buy 2 nights and get a 3rd for free or  buy 3 nights, get a 4th for free with a suite upgrade. But these special deals are available on a limited basis. 

Just outside, guests are able to enjoy the lagoon-style pool and Jacuzzi with a 10-foot waterfall. The resort also has a sundeck and steam room. Among Gay Hotels nationwide, Blue Moon Resort’s Pool Area and Sundeck have been voted one of the best! Local Las Vegans have voted it the Best Place in Las Vegas for Gay Men to hang out on Sunday! Being Las Vegas’ only Gay Pool & Sun Deck, everything has been designed to offer complete privacy while sunbathing and enjoying the day with your boyfriend or making new friends.

 

Blue Moon Resort offers complimentary Wireless Internet throughout the resort. The entire hotel is wired for a consistently strong signal reaching all guest rooms and common areas of the hotel. In the event you didn’t bring your laptop with you, we offer two Internet Stations in the Internet Lounge. Surf the internet or just enjoy the 42″ plasma TV while sipping your morning coffee.

A free poolside barbecue is offered to guests every Sunday, April through November (excluding holidays), as long as the weather permits; and seeing as this is Vegas, it typically does! And many local guys like to stop by and enjoy the party. During our recent stay we met guests from all over Europe who had stayed here before, as well as local guys who live in Las Vegas, but came to enjoy the facilities.

In the coming weeks Blue Moon will have a Saturday Tea Dance Party June 26th. And through the 4th of July Weekend, BodyBoyz United  will host a party and there will be 4th of July Red, White and Blue Moon Cookout.

Blue Moon Resort will wake you up with a healthy breakfast each morning. Dine Alfresco Poolside and enjoy the fresh morning air or wake your man up with breakfast in bed.

Offered from 7:00 am to 11:00 am, this full Continental Breakfast offers a complete array of Fresh Muffins, Danish, Bagels, Waffles, Hot and Cold Cereals and Breakfast Bars. Also available are all types of Fresh Fruit, Juices,  Tea’s and  Coffee Brewed Fresh Daily.
Blue Moon was recently approved for a liquor license. “We’re hoping in the next year to double the pool deck area and put in a bar.”

Consistently gets 4 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor .

Experience Gay Las Vegas in the comfort of an all male environment
with a friendly staff trained to meet the needs of the gay male traveler. BLUE MOON RESORT

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Steve Wynn Continues To Raise The Bar in Las Vegas with Wynn and Encore Properties

From his humble beginnings running his family’s Bingo Parlor business, it was clear early on Steve Wynn was a visionary with big dreams! A small stake in the Frontier, then controlling interest in Golden Nugget, eventually led him to open the $630 million Mirage  in 1989. Siegfried and Roy were the most famous entertainment in the world at the time and put on retainer with the hotel for an unprecedented fee and the strip got it’s first volcano!

Next came Treasure Island at a mere $450 million. A live pirate show and the Mystere Cirque du Soleil show  was the first permanent Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas.

Wynn had bigger  dreams however. He was just getting warmed up. Next up $1.6 billion luxury casino resort Bellagio. Inspired by the Lake Como resort of Bellagio in Italy, Bellagio is famed for its elegance. 8 acres. An artificial lake, synchronized dancing fountains,  indoor conservatory, a museum-quality art gallery and branches of high-end boutiques and restaurants from Paris, San Francisco, and New York City. Oh yeah, and a 2,000 square foot  Dale Chihuly ceiling in the lobby!

Mirage was sold for $6.6 billion to MGM. With the money he made on that deal, and with his ability to secure ever-greater financing, Steve Wynn took Wynn Resorts Limited public in 2002. (stock was available for a mere $29 last summer. Currently it is trading for about $90).

 In 2005 Wynn opened the $2.7 billion flagship property Wynn Las Vegas. It was the largest privately-funded construction project in the nation. This compares with the budget for reconstruction with the World Trade Center site which at that time was projected to be $1.7 billion.

 215 acres. 2700+ rooms. I thought he was done. But he wasn’t quite done. Wynn had plans for a second building, Encore. At $2.3 billion, he added another 2,000+ rooms.

The entire Wynn resort complex has a total of 4,750 rooms. At first glance people think the Encore is just an expansion of the flagship Wynn Las Vegas.

But this LUXURIOUS recent addition  sets a distinctive stage with its 2,034 suites,all with floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Resort Suites offers style with a comfortable, residential feel: A range from 700 to 745 square feet with floor-to-ceiling windows, Wynn signature beds with European linens (all the bedding is available for purchase , including the bed, which was quite heavenly!), 42” or 46” flat-panel televisions featuring on-demand movies, State-of-the-art office equipment, one touch climate controls, a fully stocked mini bar and in-room safes. Bathrooms include 19’ flat-screen television, dual sinks, sitting areas with lighted vanity mirrors, separate shower and soaking tub, and Signature Wynn Resorts robes and slippers.The hotel tower features two sections: standard Resort tower as well as the smaller, more upscale Tower Suites. Tower Suites can range from 1,400 square feet up to 3 bedroom apartments.

 

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The beautiful vision Wynn brings to Las Vegas is done with the help of  a  gay man. Roger Thomas, Wynn’s gay executive vice president of design,  and the designer responsible for the Bellagio, the Wynn, and the Encore hotel, recently spoke to the Advocate . In the article,  he reflects on a life with business partner Steve Wynn, his retirement and how his aesthetic transformed the face of Las Vegas forever. 

As any good designer will tell, it’s all about the details. Roger is often  caught moving various art objects to the precise spaces on tables where he wants them. “Most of the housekeeping crew, I’ve trained them and gone over it, and we’ve done photographs, but it’s very difficult,” he says, exasperated. “So I walk through the hotel all the time rearranging accessories.”

Thomas didn’t need to school the Wynns on gay sensitivity. The Wynn’s are friends with the likes of David Geffen and Sandy Gallin. But after Steve Wynn asked his executives to donate to the reelection of George W. Bush in 2004, Thomas leveraged the favor by urging Wynn to provide domestic-partner benefits for the company’s employees. (Wynn Resorts received 100 Percent on Human Rights Campaigns Corporate Equality Index ).

Wynn and Thomas seem to have a comfortable gay-straight patter. Thomas will mock his boss when they disagree by saying, “I know you feel that way because you’re straight. You can’t help it. You were born that way, and nobody’s perfect.” For Wynn’s part, on a pre-opening tour of Encore, the mogul pointed out female nude figures ensconced in gold along the walls of the nightclub XS. When asked whose idea that was, Wynn cracked, “Roger Thomas, if ya can believe that!” 

READ THE  INTERESTING ARTICLE ON ROGER AT THE ADVOCATE !

The two stunning properties are connected by a 27,000-square-foot shopping esplanade  that showcases an eclectic best-of-the-best. Rock & Republic, Hermès, Chanel… Roger Thomas, spent three years perusing shops, markets, and auctions in Paris, Florence, Venice, New York, and Hong Kong to create Encore’s one-of-a-kind environments: The five-foot-tall pairs of white wall sconces at the north and west entrances were originally made for a 1928 Cap d’Antibes hotel; the casino’s crimson chandeliers are fashioned from mouth-blown Venetian Rubino glass; the baccarat pavilion’s playing-card still lifes date to 1930s France. Check out the Wynn-Encore Home Store .

Wynn is never quite finished with a project and always tweaking and tinkering with his properties.  Construction began on the Encore Beach Club last fall. The EBC  and Surrender Nightclub, located in the former Encore porte-cochere, opened last week.  The project, which also includes outdoor seating for Switch restaurant, cost an estimated $67 million.

The 60,000-square-foot Encore Beach Club will be a 21-and-over pool complex. The pool will feature 26 cabanas, eight two-story, 350-square-foot bungalows, a restaurant and poolside blackjack and craps.

Connected to the Encore Beach Club will be Surrender Nightclub. The 5,000 square-foot Nightclub will open to the outdoors as the weather permits. DJ Steve Aoki will be the resident DJ at Surrender. The Encore Beach Club will be open Monday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday through Saturday beginning at 10 A.M.

5 star dining , shopping, spa, entertainment, accommodations – you name it –  Wynn has won it.

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore continue to set the bar for luxury and excellence in Las Vegas. Wynn and Encore collectively have more Forbes Five Star awards than any other casino resort in the world.

The resort has earned AAA five diamond, Mobil five-star, Forbes five-star, and Michelin five-star ratings and is considered to be one of the finest hotels in the world. Wynn Las Vegas and its sister property Encore Las Vegas collectively hold more Forbes five-star awards than any other resort and casino in the world. Wynn Las Vegas also made Forbes Award history by earning five-star ratings in every category – Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa – for two consecutive years.

Is Steve Wynn done?   I doubt it! 
I am sure he  still has a few more
surprises up his sleeve!

Visit the Encore and Wynn for your next LGBT Las Vegas getaway!

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore offer  LGBT guests a dedicated concierge  and resort host to make sure every aspect of their stay is as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Among the services offered are dining reservations, assistance with show tickets and nightclub arrangements, golf tee-times, spa and salon appointments, limo transportation, sightseeing tours and shopping services. Their  hospitality professionals will  also offer suggestions for gay and gay-friendly bars, entertainment and nightlife throughout town and can provide current newspapers and periodicals published expressly for the LGBT community.

The Encore will even help you celebrate your commitment ceremony  with them. 

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Aria and City Center

Vegas Ups the Ante…

AGAIN.

Just when you thought they have buily the BIGGEST AND BEST, someone comes along with a bigger idea!  The glittering 67-acre CityCenter  development ushers in  something new  to Sin City. An elite cluster of first-class accommodations, including the much talked about  ARIA Resort Hotel and Casino . Plus  Vdara Hotel and Spa, Mandarin Oriental, Veer Towers  residences and  Crystals shopping complex.

Raising the bar in Las Vegas luxury. Aria has just over 4,000  rooms! With an average 520 square feet with custom furnishings, unparalleled amenities and their exclusive one-touch in-room integrated technology that allow you to easily customize room features based on your personal preferences. The most technologically advanced rooms in all of Las Vegas!

  • Rooms recognize guests’ first time in the room and “greet” them as they enter; light fills the room, curtains part to show the view, TV turns on to display list of automated controls for guests to personalize
  • Guests can wake up gradually through controlled temperature, lighting, curtain opening and preferred music
  • Preferences remembered every time guest is in-room
  • Wireless Internet connectivity will be up to eight times faster (128 kilobytes) than the average U.S. guestroom today.

    To top it all off the property is LEED  gold certified by the US Green Building Council.
    The biggest hotel in the world to recieve this award.

    When MGM Mirage  and Infinity World Development  (a subsidiary of a Dubai-based investment company)  broke ground in 2006, some folks thought they were crazy.  $8 billion to transform 67 acres between the Monte Carlo and Bellagio resorts,  into a vision of Vegas’s future. It’s almost a seperate little city within Sin City  –  a quartet of glistening high-rise hotels and a residential pair of golden-on-gold glass towers that tilt like Pisa’s iconic monument.

     No crazy themes here, just sleek aesthetic clean lines and luxury. 
    Luxury is the key word.  The world class Mandadin Oriental   with their award-winning luxury hotels and resorts throughout the world presents a non-gaming hotel  and private residences in Las Vegas.

    Vdara  is an all suite hotel and spa in a non-gaming, non-smoking building. Access and Escape is their slogan. Close enough to all the action and excitement when you want it –  then able to escape from it and enjoy a tranquil sanctuary.

    VEER Towers are a pair of tilting/leaning gold residential towers. 670 residences and the best of stylish big city living!
    And then CRYSTALS ,  an astonishing collection of world-famous  who-who’s elite retailers like Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany, paired with one-of-kind galleries from artists such as Dale Chihuly  and signature restaurants from Wolfgang Puck and celebrity restaurateur Eva Longoria Parker.  This magnificent  place  welcomes guests on a journey through couture, cuisine and entertainment as they enjoy the interactive atmosphere set within an abstract 21st century park.

    What could possibly be next for Las Vegas???    Sheldon Adelson  is said to be looking at moving the Sands Expo Center elsewhere to make room for 7,000 more rooms,  visionary Steve Wynn wants another 5,000 in place of his golf course allegedly, and Station Casinos wants 10,000 more rooms just west of the Strip in its $10+ BILLION Viva project . The project is on hold due to economy but still very much on the minds of  Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta from Station Casinos. Viva  would like to BE BIGGER than CityCentre on 110-acres. The first phase alone is three casinos and  three hotels  and 5,200 rooms!

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  • Las Vegas – Is the Boom Overextended? Again?

     

    Las Vegas –
         Is Boom Overextended?

    Yes, that’s the famous headline from this June 1955 Life Magazine issue.  Those words have been spoken again over the last year in Las Vegas.

     

    Every now and again, if you’re around Vegas long enough, you hear about that infamous issue of Life Magazine with a Moulin Rouge showgirl on its cover. The issue is, to many, the “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment for Vegas journalism for the question its headline asked:

    “Las Vegas—Is Boom Overextended?”

    It’s a punchline to many on the Strip. Sheldon Adelson himself referenced it in an interview in advance of the Palazzo grand opening. The implication was that almost since the dawn of the destination, naysayers have wondered whether the city could continue to sustain its own urge to constantly grow.

    In  2005,  some builders started getting more cautious. Not Steve Wynn  – he started the latest and largest building-boom Vegas has ever seen. More than 80 high-rise, condo, hotel, mixed-use and other major projects in the Las Vegas area are in various stages of planning, development and construction. 

    True, in 2009, most came to a  stand-still. And some have lost their funding.  On the city’s world-famous Strip, two huge building sites are eerily quiet. Fontainebleau , a half-finished $3.9bn casino with 3,800  rooms, which intended to offer perks such as an Apple iMac computer in every room, went bust, but is rumoured to be have been purchased and posied to begin construction again.
     
    Echelon , a $4.8bn resort bankrolled by Boyd Gaming, ceased construction in 2008 and I am told, will probably be torn down now, but I could not confirm that. If it was to be built, it would consist  of  a Shangri-La Hotel, a Delano Hotel, a Mondrian Hotel, and the Echelon Tower.

    But I think the worst is over. Ask any taxi driver or hotel staff and they will tell you, the people are coming back more and more.

     

    The Las Vegas Strip is bloated with new projects , boasting the latest in new urban architecture, design and technology. LEED certified “Green” buildings are making an entrance and many world-famous architects (starchitects) are stepping up to the plate.

    But HOW MANY ROOMS can one city fill???

    Sheldon Adelson  is said to be looking at moving the Sands Expo Center elsewhere to make room for 7,000 more rooms, Wynn wants another 5,000 in place of his golf course allegedly, Station Casinos wanted 10,000 more just west of the Strip in its $10 BILLION Viva project  (pictured – the project is on hold, but has not been scrapped) and someone—maybe the Plaza folks, maybe not—is going to do something big on the former Frontier property. Who knows. There is always a lot of talk. And right now, everyone is in a holding pattern, but still very postive about the future of Las Vegas and its continued growth.

    Which brings us back to where Las Vegas was in 1955 when that seemingly foolish headline and article were written.
     
    How big is  TOO BIG?

    Who knows.
    I personally think, many eyes are watching CityCenter .
    Bursting skywards in the middle of America’s gambling capital, seven glittering towers sparkle. The lavish $11bn  CityCenter complex has a casino, four hotels, luxury apartments, a fire station and even an on-site power station. 7,000  rooms and apartments. But its timing couldn’t have been worse. Opening their doors in tough economic times.

    A joint venture between the casino operator MGM Mirage and Dubai World , the vast CityCenter development in Las Vegas is the biggest privately funded construction project in the US. It is billed as “a city within a city” and  sits  between the Bellagio’s dancing fountains and the faux Manhattan skyline of New York New York.

     Brian McGill, a gaming analyst at stockbroker Janney Montgomery Scott, says “As many as 15,000 new rooms have opened and/or will shortly open on the Las Vegas strip, requiring an extra $3.2bn of annual tourist spending to make any money. There’s too much supply, particularly at the high end,” he says, and he  struggles to see a quick return to profit for casinos.
     
    “They believed the good times were going to continue to roll for ever in Las Vegas. They believed there would be no significant downturn and even in a downturn, they didn’t believe a recession would affect the higher end.”

    Economists  say the tide is starting to turn .  And Las Vegas has always been a city a dreams.
    The building boom was not overextended in 1955 –  and I doubt it is now either!

    You can check out Las Vegas Today and Tomorrow for up to date news and happenings.

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    Steve Wynn – Up On The Roof at ENCORE

    Steve Wynn 
    has continually raised  the bar in Las Vegas. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Wynn at the Grand Opening Party for Siegfried and Roys Secret Garden  at the Mirage in 1997. I was lucky enough to work for  Siegfried and  Roy  as a freelance  writer for 8 years, up until Roy’s unfortunate accident.

    After the Miarge, Wynn went on to develop  BELLAGIO, then  WYNN, and most recently  ENCORE! Everytime outdoing himself! On our most recent trip to Las Vegas, we were able to stay at Encore. And on the TV in the room, you see this  video of what appears to be Mr. Wynn, sitting ON TOP of  Encore!  It must be a blue screen, you say to yourself!

    Often it’s the question on the tip of every guest’s tongue from the moment he or she checks in, asked of bellmen and bartenders, front-desk clerks and dining reservationists: “Was Steve really up there?”

    The answer—whether you’re speaking of Wynn or Encore, it should be noted—is an unequivocal yes. Steve Wynn did indeed stand, and then later sit, atop the roof of each of his resorts for the filming of their respective commercials. No stuntmen, no stand-ins, no computer-generated trickery was needed or requested; from the moment the idea was conceptualized, Wynn was passionate about performing this “stunt” himself, knowing the “did he or didn’t he?” element would inspire plenty of conversation. And so in the first spot, which debuted months before his eponymous resort opened in April 2005, Steve Wynn stood on the roof and announced, “This is my new hotel, the only one I’ve ever signed my name to,” before the camera, mounted on a helicopter, pulled back to reveal the glistening bronze building.

    Given the considerable buzz surrounding the first ad, Wynn knew that Encore’s commercial, which debuted just prior to the resort’s December 2008 opening, had to take the concept to a new level. Wynn enlisted director Brett Ratner, best known for the Rush Hour series and X-Men: The Last Stand, and together the pair conceived the idea of sitting Wynn on the very precipice of Encore, 48 stories and 675 feet in the air, his legs dangling over the edge at the highest point of his now-signature swoop. Ultimately, Wynn knew he had to up the ante for his Encore announcement, and we’re sure you’ll agree that he succeeded!

    WATCH THE VIDEO  AT   WYNN – ENCORE

    Steve Wynn marked the opening of Encore Macau , his new, all-suites boutique hotel in Macau, with a fireworks spectacular yesterday.

    Steve lit the first fuse in Macau to start the display at exactly 8:08 p.m Friday evening, the number for success and good fortune, illuminating the skies above Encore and its sister resort Wynn Macau in an extravagant 10-minute performance.

    Thousands of people stood along the Nam Van Lake and Taipa shoreline to witness the production!

    WYNN and  ENCORE  Las  Vegas


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    Best of Gay Las Vegas – Fun Facts and Interesting Information

    *  Las Vegas mega resorts are common today, but the first major resort
     built on the Las Vegas Strip was the El Rancho in 1941, with 110 rooms.
    The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1960. In 1982 the former Thunderbird Hotel
    was rebranded El Rancho Casino, creating some confusion.

    * Over 36,000,000  people  visited  Las Vegas last year.

    * Nearly 20,000 conventions are held in Las Vegas annually. 

    *  Elvis Presley performed in 837 consecutive sold out shows at the Las Vegas Hilton Casino.

    Allegedly…During the mid to late fifties Elvis’s lover was Nicholas Adamshock,
    better known as Nick Adams, who started a movie career as a youngman and later peaked with his television series “THE REBEL.” Nick had been a friend, companion and roommate of James Dean, who also has been mentioned as having been more homosexual than heterosexual. In truth, Dean too was bisexual.

    Many men claim they had sex with Dean and only one woman has
    admitted she had sex with Jimmy when they lived together in
    New York. Liz Sheridan, also known as “Dizzy” Sheridan,
    (Seinfield’s mother on TV), wrote a book titled,
    Dizzy & Jimmy: My Life with James Dean: A Love Story “.

    *  The Riviera was the first high-rise hotel
    on the Las Vegas Strip, it was nine stories tall.

    * The strip took in $5.6 BILLION last year in gaming revenue
    while the downtown area took in $524 MILLION.

    * There are approximately  150,000 hotel/motel rooms in Las Vegas.

    *  Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state. 
    The highest point is at the 13,145 foot top of Boundary Peak.


    *  The average Las Vegas Valley household consumes about 230,000 gallons of water a year.

    *  The famous Las Vegas Strip is not located in the city of Las Vegas. 
    The strip actually comes under the jurisdiction of Clark County.

    *  All-time single concert box-office record occurred in Las Vegas. 
    The show took place on New Years eve 1999 for the Barbra Streisand concert production, at the MGM Grand, it grossed $14,694,750.00 from 12,477 tickets sold.  Previous concert box-office record for a show was $13.4 million when Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras
    at the Giant Stadium in New York on July 20, 1996.

    *  In Nevada it is mandatory that video slot machines must pay a minimum of
    75% back to the player, this amount is determined over the life of a slot machine.

    *  There is one operating slot machine in Las Vegas for every 8 residents.

    In 1990  SIEGFRIED AND ROY  were the highest paid entertainers in the country.
    They were hired by Steve Wynn, then manager of The Mirage, for an annual guarantee of $57.5 million.
    In 2001, they signed a lifetime contract with the hotel. The duo has appeared in
    around 5,750 shows together, mostly at The Mirage.
    Their long-running illusion and magic act closed October 3, 2003
    (Roy’s birthday) after Roy was severely injured by Montecore,
    one of the act’s tigers during a performance.

    The BLUE MOON Resort  is the first  (and as of today)
     Las Vegas’ only Hotel exclusively for gay men.

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