Weekly releases Best of Vegas: See what made the list

LAS VEGAS – We already know we’re the best, and it seems the people of Las Vegas agree.

Last week, the Las Vegas Weekly, a top local-alternative publication, released its Best of Vegas 2014 list and MGM Resorts venues, restaurants and entertainment options were front and center.

Company amenities appear in five of the program’s six awards categories (Food, Arts & Entertainment, Nightlife, Booze and This & That). Six resorts earned awards from the best new restaurant to best thrill ride. Click through to see the results and if your favorite place made the cut. READ MORE

  • Rue the detour Rue the detour Portions are Rue de Monte Carlo are soon to shut down as crews begin work reconfiguring the road in advance of The Park project. Here's what you need to know.
  • A "Lot" going on A "Lot" going on Check out some of the events - and musical acts - that have been announced for The Lot, the festival space across from Luxor.
  • 1 campaign, 2 milestones 1 campaign, 2 milestones More than half of all MGM Resorts employees gave to the Foundation this year, raising $5 million-plus for the community. Thanks to everyone who gave!
  • Don't procrastinate! Don't procrastinate! Make sure your Gaming Registration card is up to date. All employees who work on the gaming floor - and some employees in other departments - should check that their card is not expired.
  • Taking Vegas by storm Taking Vegas by storm The first ever MGM Resorts International MAP participants have arrived. Read all about this diverse (and impressive!) group of young people.
  • Summer homework Summer homework The Back to School supply drive is under way. Find out what items your resort is assigned to collect this year for Clark County's teachers and students.



Beau Rivage declared best casino by travel magazine

Best-of-South(Web)BEAU RIVAGE – We already knew it, but now so does everybody else!

The Mississippi resort has been named Best Casino of the South by AAA Southern Traveler magazine, a publication distributed to more than 292,000 homes throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. This marks the second Best of the South award for Beau Rivage – it also earned the recognition in 2011 – and reaffirms that, while the award may have been for best casino, there is much more to the resort than that.

“The Beau Rivage has provided Mississippi’s Gulf Coast with fine accommodations and entertainment for 15 years,” the article reads. “While some readers said they don’t gamble, there’s plenty to do away from the gaming areas, including fantastic pools, a spa, nearby golf, and live entertainment.”

The Best of the South Awards are selected by readers who vote on the South’s best places to see and things to do. This is the fifth year in a row that AAA Southern Traveler magazine has asked readers to choose the award winners.To see the full article, click here.

LVCVA: Big increases across multiple categories for June

LVCVA-Data1111-horiz512LAS VEGAS – Temperatures weren’t the only things going up in June. Gaming revenue, convention attendance and visitor volume were all also on the rise, according to the Gaming Control Board and Las Vegas Convention Visitors Authority (LVCVA) reports released last week.

Strip gaming revenues rose more than 22 percent, due mostly to strong baccarat win and other high-limit table revenues. State reports also showed a sizable increase in revenue from high-limit slot machines.

Las Vegas visitor volume in June rose 3.1 percent, year-over-year. Through the first six months of 2014, the city has welcomed nearly 20.7 million guests, according to LVCVA reports, which is on pace for a record-breaking number of annual visitors. Average room rates on The Strip rose 2.1 percent to $123.24, and convention attendance was up almost 14 percent.

MGM Resorts set to receive diversity award

PRISM-Award(Web)LAS VEGAS – The Company’s focus on diversity and inclusion has not gone unnoticed.

MGM Resorts is being singled out as having one of the best Diversity programs in corporate America. Each year, the Association of ERGs & Councils names the Top 25 organizations in the country, based on Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Business Resource Groups (BRGs), or Diversity Councils.

MGM Resorts is joined on this year’s list by corporations including American Airlines, General Motors and Prudential Financial.

“We are ecstatic that MGM Resorts has once again been recognized as among the Top 25 leaders nationwide in best practices for Employee Resource Groups,” said Chief Diversity Officer Phyllis James. “We are committed to further development and expansion of our Network Groups (NGs) as forums for our employees to gain valuable career development guidance and to support community volunteerism.  We thank Ondra Berry and everyone who has supported our network groups for their efforts to date.The best is yet to come!”

The ERG & Council Honors Award is the only annual national award that recognizes, honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs and Diversity Councils that lead the diversity and inclusion process in their organizations and demonstrate results in their workforce, workplace and marketplace.

In previous years, individual Diversity Councils from both Bellagio and MGM Grand Las Vegas have earned the award, but this year – the first year that all resort councils have been reorganized as CSR Councils under a joint, Companywide council – marks the first time that the Company as a whole has been recognized. The specific rankings won’t be revealed until an award ceremony in October.