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Sayonara Bellagio Table Game Canopies

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Jan 2017
We've recently received a tip that MGM Resorts International have begun removing the cloth canopies above the table games inside of Bellagio's casino. Not only have the canopy drapes been removed, they've removed the drape supports...

Tagged: las vegas   interior design   mgm resorts international   roger thomas   bellagio   tassels   


MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees YET AGAIN

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Oct 2016
The lovely, thoughtful and caring executives in charge of MGM Resorts International are yet again raising their resort fees. All rooms booked starting November 8th will have to pay the new fees. The last resort...

Tagged: resort fees   mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   jim murren   


MGM Resorts Increases Resort Fees Again

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Jul 2016
The kind and generous folks at MGM Resorts International have once again upped their resort fees for their middle tier properties MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage and Delano. The resort fees for these properties will...

Tagged: resort fees   profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   


Monte Carlo To Be Renamed Park MGM

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Jun 2016
MGM Resorts International just announced that they are going to partner with Sydell Group to transform Monte Carlo into a new resort called Park MGM. MGM/Sydell Group team plans to "redefine Vegas Hospitality" and "elevate city's...

Tagged: park mgm   monte carlo   eatily   nomad hotel   jim murren   


More MGM Parking Rules!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2016
We've uncovered a few more fine print details regarding MGM's paid parking program. The Dates This is when paid parking will be turned on at various properties: June 6 - Aria (and Vdara), Bellagio, Monte Carlo, New York-New...

Tagged: mgm resorts   paid parking   jim murren   profit growth plan   


MGM Paid Parking: The Rules And The Prices

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 May 2016
As VT noted yesterday, the institution that is free parking on the Las Vegas Strip is imminently (and permanently) being dismantled by MGM Resorts International. There has been a lot of conjecture about who pays...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   paid parking   profit growth plan   m life   jim murren   


Boyd Gaming Sticks A Knife In The Strip

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 May 2016
This is interesting. Boyd Gaming, owners of Fremont, Orleans, Gold Coast, Sam's Town, The Cal, Main Street Station and Suncoast, have unfurled an advertising campaign that calls out price gouging properties on The Strip, offering...

Tagged: boyd gaming   fremont   orleans   sams town   the cal   main street station   mgm resorts international   advertising   


MGM Paid Parking: Tourists Pay, Employees and M Life Noir Free

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 May 2016
Paid parking is imminent. Sources told us previously that the deadline for implementing paid parking at MGM properties was May 31, 2016. Based on the quick work MGM is making to install lighting, pay...

Tagged: paid parking   mgm   mgm grand   luxor   bellagio   jim murren   profit growth plan   


PGP: MGM's M Life Charm Offensive

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 Mar 2016
With the paid parking doomsday clock steadily tick-tock-ticking away, MGM Resorts International has launched a charm offensive. In the last few weeks, MGM has been sending out offers containing steeply discounted hotel rates in front of...

Tagged: mgm   profit growth plan   m life   comp clubs   point shaving   paid parking   jim murren   


88 Days To Macau: Ep 3 - Leaks

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Mar 2016
88 Days To Macau: Episode 3 - Leaks In this episode, Hunter, JohnH, and Chuck discuss recently unearthed renderings of forthcoming Red 8 at Wynn Palace Cotai and interiors of MGM Cotai plus the current status...

Tagged: podcast   macau   wynn palace cotai   mgm cotai   


PGP: MGM To Expand Non-Smoking Rooms

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Mar 2016
Here's some good news... MGM Resorts International is looking to expand their inventory of non-smoking rooms in 2016. Great! As an ex-smoker, I'm ok with this development. Once you move to the other side...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   smoking   jim murren   chris nordling   jeff gebben   


MGM Responds To Zombie Jim Murren Twitter Account

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Feb 2016
They may have de-MGM'd the @jim_murren Twitter account, but MGM's junior varsity public relations squad is monitoring and responding to tweets directed at the disowned Jimbo Twitter. Looks like someone at MGM Careers is going to...

Tagged: jimbo   twitter   mgm resorts international   neenerneener      


PGP: MGM Charging $20 More For Bed Preferences

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Feb 2016
Late in 2015, MGM Resorts International launched a brand new suite of website templates and a new booking engine. Great! While doing some research about resort fees and parking charges yesterday, I noticed something...

Tagged: mgm grand   bellagio   aria   excalibur   mandalay bay   monte carlo   new york new york   profit growth plan   resort fees   bed fees   fees   


Westgate Adds Parking Gates, Pay Stations

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Feb 2016
The Westgate Las Vegas, formerly LVH and Las Vegas Hilton, installed parking gates, card readers and pay stations to their parking garage. The gates are currently open. VT reader Waffle tells us: Went to the Westgate...

Tagged: paid parking   westgate   mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   


MGM CEO Jim Murren Blogs About Parking

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Jan 2016
While the east coast of the U.S. is getting hammered by blizzard, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren has been busy shoveling snow of his own - in the employee parking garage. Jim Murren has taken...

Tagged: mgm   profit growth plan   paid parking   jim murren   blogs   quantum teledildonics   


Update: MGM Resorts International Announces Paid Parking

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Jan 2016
According to Washington Times, MGM Resorts International is going to announce paid parking later today. We've received numerous tips from numerous sources that MGM called a meeting at 10am to discuss the changes with employees. ...

Tagged: mgm resorts   paid parking   profit growth plan   jim murren   


MGM Cutting Employees, Too

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Dec 2015
The fun hasn't stopped at MGM Resorts International, owners of Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York New York, home of the Profit Growth Plan, an internal...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   human resources   employees   


Look Who Plans To Profit From The MGM Profit Growth Plan

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Dec 2015
Indubitably, we will learn more ways in which MGM Resorts International will cut corners on guest offerings in the name of increasing profit via their Profit Growth Plan. They'll find creative ways to add...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   jim murren   


MGM Hates Bartenders, Too

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Dec 2015
MGM Resorts International, owners of Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, and Vdara, have been aggressively instituting new cost reduction programs throughout their collection of...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   project growth plan   comps   booze   


PGP: MGM Hates Your Travel Agent, Too

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Nov 2015
MGM Resorts International, owners of Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, New York New York and Vdara, have made a lot of waves lately via their Profit Growth...

Tagged: profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   resort fees   expedia   priceline   jim murren   travel agents   reddit   


PGP: Aria Limits Comp Booze Offerings To Well Brands

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Nov 2015
Aria is a nice property. Joint owners MGM Resorts International and Infinity World spent close to $10 billion dollars building it and probably another billion bucks bandaging birthing boo-boos. Lots of folks who...

Tagged: aria   mgm resorts international   comps   profit growth plan   


WOW: Bellagio Institutes Surge Pricing At Bars

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Nov 2015
MGM Resorts International has another new front in their Profit Growth Plan war on customers... the bar. Just like tightening slots and table games, MGM is now turning their cost control and variable pricing...

Tagged: profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   jim murren   bellagio   surge pricing   


Paid Parking: The Profit Growth Plan Mailbag

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Nov 2015
Did you know that MGM Resorts International has a blog? It is called "Momentum" and its primary focus is employee communications. Since most MGM staffers don't have or require network access to do...

Tagged: paid parking   profit growth plan   mgm resorts international   public relations   jim murren   


Paid Parking: MGM Adds Car Counters To Parking Garage Ramps

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Nov 2015
MGM Resorts International is in heated internal discussions about shifting to a paid parking model as part of their Profit Growth Plan initiative to create new revenue streams for the company. A tipster has sent us...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   jim murren   paid parking   profit growth plan   


Vegas Eats: Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand

Posted by Misnomer on 29 Oct 2015
Emeril Lagasse is something of a paradox. On one hand, he's a classically trained chef with an unassailable pedigree, and an originator of fine dining in Las Vegas. On the other hand, he's a TV...

Tagged: vegas eats   dining   emerils   mgm grand   celebrity chefs   misnomer   e-fork   


MGM Spins Off 10 Properties Into Real Estate Investment Trust

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 Oct 2015
MGM Resorts International has spun 10 of its properties off into a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) to be called MGM Growth Properties LLC, or MGP. MGM is giving the new subsidiary MGP the...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   reit   finance   


Coming Soon: No More Free Parking At MGM Resorts

Posted by Chuckmonster on 22 Oct 2015
Get out your pitchforks and fasten your seat belts folks, Las Vegas as you know it is about grind to a screeching halt. Sources have told VegasTripping that MGM Resorts International is on the verge of...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   profit growth plan   las vegas   fees   resort fees   parking   


Second Nightclub Promoter Sues Hakkasan For Monopoly

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Aug 2015
Los Angeles-based nightclub promoter Ben Hakim has filed a cross complaint against Hakkasan LV LLC and Hakkasan LTD LLC in U.S. District Court in the State of Nevada. In court documents obtained by VegasTripping, Hakim alleges...

Tagged: hakkasan   lawsuits   mgm resorts international   


Photo: The Final Floor Of Harmon Hotel Being Removed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Aug 2015
Big thanks to VT superfriend VegasGalB for sharing this photo of construction crews demolishing the very last floor of the Harmon Hotel taken from her office at Veer. Veer was also plagued with the...

Tagged: harmon hotel   mgm resorts   ipso facto jimbo   


UPDATE: Here Come The New Fees From MGM

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Aug 2015
You may wonder why we talk about the corporate end of things so much on VT. The answer is simple - the suits make the decisions that affect your Vegas trips in the future....

Tagged: mgm resorts international   hotels   amenities   fees   


MGM Hakkasan Hospitality Unplugged

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Jul 2015
In February 2014, we posted that MGM Resorts International would be partnering with Hakkasan Group to build a Hakkasan Hotel at MGM Grand. We obtained renderings of the project shortly thereafter. Someday, these renderings will...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   hakkasan group   mgm hakkasan hospitality   jim murren   mgm grand   hakkasan hotel   gansevoort   


Truth In Advertising Dept: Hakkasan and Steve Aoki Partner For Anti-Alcohol, Drug Campaign

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Jul 2015
An advertisement is now appearing atop Harmon Corner's ginormous LED billboard every five minutes. The message? Say no to drugs and alcohol. The messenger? Super star dj Steve Aoki, Hakkasan...

Tagged: truth in advertising   benihana   hakkasan   steve aoki   cops   mgm grand   booze   


Kirk Kerkorian Dead At 98

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Jun 2015
Billionaire mogul, developer, dreamer, businessman and Las Vegas visionary Kirk Kerkorian died last night at the age of 98. Kirk's obituary via Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg. Statement from MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren: MGM Resorts and...

Tagged: Kirk Kerkorian   Jim Murren   MGM   


Peep These Insane Macau Construction Photos

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 May 2015
Aerial photographer @linolens (Instagram | Twitter | Web) has been posting some truly phenomenal photos of the current crop of construction projects rising in Cotai, Macau. Wynn Palace, MGM Cotai, Macao Studio City, SJM Lisboa Palace,...

Tagged: macau   cotai   construction   wynn palace   mgm cotai   macao studio city   sjm lisboa palace   galaxy macau   the parisian   


The Powerpoint Equivalent of Jim Murren's Head On A Plate

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Apr 2015
Activist financial firm Land And Buildings have taken their fight to seize control of MGM Resorts International's board of directors to the people in the form of an explosive 99 page document you can download...

Tagged: jimbo   murren   mgm   land and buildings   yowza   


Vegas Gang #120: Wynn vs Wynn, Derek, MGM, Resorts World and More

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Apr 2015
On the latest episode of The Vegas Gang, the guys go deep on Wynn vs Wynn, discuss Derek's double-reverse windmill dunk of an NCAA bet, kick the can on the MGM proxy fight with LandAndBuildings.com,...

Tagged: vegas gang   wynn   podcast   mgm   derek stevens   sam nazarian   mandalay bay   ballys   


Murren: Make Us An Offer

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Feb 2015
In this morning's investor relations call, MGM Resorts International reported positive results for Q4 2014, "the best Q4 EBITA since the peak in 2007" and "the best full year in six years." City Center has been...

Tagged: murren   mgm resorts   city center   crystals   harmon   


The Resort Fee Arms Race

Posted by Chuckmonster on 25 Nov 2014
Caesars Entertainment announced recently that they were upping their resort fees to $25/night across the board at all of their Las Vegas properties. In some cases, the rooms themselves aren't worth $25/night, let alone...

Tagged: caesars   mgm   resort fees   monte carlo   luxor   excalibur   new york new york   


The Tesla Experience at The Park

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Nov 2014
Every Las Vegas casino needs to express their personality via relationship with a luxury auto brand. Wynn has its Ferrari & Maserati dealership, Venetian has its Lamborghini dealership, Treasure Island is opening a Chevrolet dealership...

Tagged: mgm   new york new york   crystals   the park   tesla   ferrari   maserati   lamborghini   chevy   cars   


The Hakkasan Hotel at MGM Grand

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 May 2014
In February 2014, VegasTripping reported that MGM Resorts International had inked a deal with Hakkasan Limited to develop a Hakkasan hotel at MGM Grand. A month ago, the two companies publicly announced their partnership...

Tagged: hakkasan   mgm   branding   


Strike Up The Band: The Park Releases More Details

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Apr 2014
MGM Resorts International dropped some press release this morning, assembling a horn section of Wagnerian proportions to sing to the heavens a dozen paragraphs laden with trendy buzzwords aimed to sympathetically vibrate your heart strings. I...

Tagged: the park   mgm resorts   new york new york   jimbo   


MGM Adding EV Chargers, Tesla Supercharger Opens

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Feb 2014
Great news for fellow electric vehicle owners, MGM Resorts International announced last week that they will be building 27 Level 2 electric vehicle chargers in their Las Vegas resorts as well as at their corporate...

Tagged: electric vehicles   tesla   mgm   murren   fremont street   


Hakkasan Hotel Coming To MGM Grand

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Feb 2014
Sources are telling us that MGM Resorts International, owners of almost everything on the west side of The Strip, have reportedly inked a deal with Hakkasan Limited to expand their brand footprint at MGM Grand...

Tagged: mgm grand   hakkasan   hotel   nightlife   branding   rumors   


The Arena In The Park

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Nov 2013
Earlier this week, MGM Resorts International and AEG formally unfurled fruits of their partnership to construct an arena located atop the former CityCenter design annex, directly behind New York-New York. The news of this...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   new york new york   monte carlo   city center   arena   the park   murren   


MGM Holds A Garage Sale

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Oct 2013
Hot on the heels of Caesars Entertainments's epic sale of junk, trash and collectables, MGM Resorts International is having their very own garage sale. Looking at the catalog of items is a study...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   garage sale   


Vegas Gang #94: Resort Fees, Cotai, Wynn, MGM, Hyperloop and More

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Aug 2013
Episode #94 of the Vegas Gang Podcast has been posted. After a small wrap up of the resort fee discussion, we hit the ground hard covering earnings season reports from Wynn & MGM, did...

Tagged: vegas gang   podcast   mgm   wynn   wynn palace   cotai   hyperloop   mergers and acquisitions   murren   vimfp   


Murren Talks MGM Cotai

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Aug 2013
In a counter swat to Steve Wynn's boastful earnings call speech about Wynn Palace, MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren laid out an argument for the forthcoming MGM Cotai property to investors. Murren stated that development...

Tagged: mgm   murren   cotai   macau   steve wynn    


AAA Downgrades MGM Grand To Three Diamonds

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Jul 2013
The Automobile Association of America has downgraded MGM Grand to a three diamond resort. This is quite a surprise given that parent company MGM Resorts International has sunk $160 million dollars into major renovations to MGM...

Tagged: mgm grand   aaa   diamonds   ratings   grand renovation   ooops   


MGM And The Company Town

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Jun 2013
The Review Journal Inside Gaming blog trumpeted this headline yesterday: Confidence in MGM Resorts future climbing Go read the article. Evidence cited is: J.P. Morgan investment analyst said meetings with MGM were 'upbeat', the news that MGM 'might'...

Tagged: mgm resorts international   jimbo   murren   gaming bizness   company town   


Update: Delayed Delano Las Vegas Walks Back Dates

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 May 2013
Here's a quick update to last week's story about Delano Las Vegas being delayed. Delano Las Vegas, the rebranded THEhotel, was originally scheduled to open in Fall 2013. As we reported last week it had...

Tagged: delano las vegas   morgans hotel group   mgm resorts   manadalay bay   the hotel   


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