Back to you: FOX5 anchor to speak at NG event

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FOX5 morning anchor Monica Jackson will speak to Company employees Wednesday, Nov. 12

LAS VEGAS – Wife. Mother. Professional. Local celebrity. Monica Jackson wears a lot of hats, often all at the same time. So what keeps FOX5 morning anchor, author and motivational speaker Monica Jackson going?

“I don’t live a special life. I have worked hard for what I’ve gotten and have achieved. But I also acknowledge that I have led a blessed life,” she said. “I want to tell people that even through the challenges – the good, the bad and the ugly – you can do this. We are built to do this.”

Ms. Jackson, the weekday morning anchor on FOX5, will share her outlook on being a professional working mother as part of the Company’s Employee Network Group (NG) Distinguished Speaker Series Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Her appearance, part of the NG Distinguished Speaker series, is being sponsored by the Working Mothers NG.  READ MORE

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Visitation up, Gaming revenues down, in September

Source: LVCVA

Source: LVCVA

LAS VEGAS – Gaming revenues in the city fell in September while visitation and room rates continued to rise.

The Nevada Gaming Commission and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) released their monthly reports this week on visitation and other important industry benchmarks. Visitor volume to Las Vegas continues a nine-month improvement streak, rising 1.4 percent in September compared to last year. Average Room Rates on the Strip rose 1.7 percent to $115.60, according to the LVCVA. Occupancy remained relatively flat year-over-year at just under 86 percent.

Gaming revenues in Clark County and the Strip fell 6.8 and 12.1 percent, respectively, compared to last September. The LVCVA noted that September 2014 held one fewer weekend day than the prior year. Table games revenue for the month declined 19.5 percent and slot revenue declined about 3.8 percent, according to state reports.

Halloween goes to the dogs with Vdara Instagram contest

Vdara's V-dog Halloween costume contest: so cute it's scary.

Vdara’s V-dog Halloween costume contest: so cute it’s scary.

VDARA – The resort’s Halloween costume contest has a twist: it’s not for people.

The V-dog photo contest, being managed through Vdara’s Instagram account, asks followers to submit photos of their favorite canine in costume. A winner will be crowned (collared?) with a two-night stay in a V-dog suite and will also receive a $100 in-room dining credit.

“With Halloween approaching, this seemed like a fun way promote that we’re dog-friendly at Vdara. Plus we’re always looking for new followers on Instagram,” said Patricia Galas, Hotel Marketing Manager.

Photos need to be submitted via Instagram before 5 p.m. this Friday, Halloween. Follow @VdaraLasVegas and use the hashtag #DoVegasDifferently. Ms. Galas and her team will select a winner that evening. So far, there are mummy dogs, spider dogs, super hero dogs and more.

“We’ve already received some creative submissions and I’m excited to see what else we’ll get before this Friday,” Ms. Galas said. “The $100 in-room dining credit counts toward not just people-food but our amazing doggy in-suite dining menu.”

Vdara unleashed its V-dog program last summer. Read more about it here.

Rock Street: Rock in Rio previews upcoming festival



LAS VEGAS – Grab your backstage pass and get ready for a sneak peek of Rock in Rio.

The MGM Resorts festival grounds north of Circus Circus played host to dozens of media outlets on Monday morning for a preview of next year’s Rock in Rio Music Festival. Representatives from Rock in Rio and MGM Resorts announced additional headliners and gave attendees a small dose of what audiences can expect to experience at the festival grounds.

“Rock in Rio will bring a real unmatched experience, even for Las Vegas,” said Rock in Rio CEO Luis Justo. “This will be a really immersive experience, including more than 100 artists on six stages. Today we’re happy to announce additional talent joining us at Rock in Rio including Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Joss Stone.” READ MORE