The Nevada gaming and tourism industries continued to face challenges and new opportunities with the turn of the next decade.
Some of the challenges were associated with the fallout from the Great Recession as consumer spending was tempered and gaming expansions moved forward in other parts of the world. While consumers were more cautious with their discretionary dollars, the total volume of visitors helped to support Nevada's gaming industry.
With the new decade came emerging technologies and increased interest in interactive gaming. On February 21, 2013, the Nevada State Legislature approved Assembly Bill No. 114, allowing the state to enter into pacts with other states to offer Internet-based poker, among other items. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval promptly signed the measure into law, placing Nevada at the forefront of online gaming nationally. Consistently held out as the gold standard of regulation and synonymous with world-class tourism, southern Nevada is now well positioned to lead the nation's gaming industry into the digital frontier.
New investments were completed or announced, some of which were new resort properties, while others were designed to upgrade existing assets. Caesars Entertainment completed Project Linq, programmed with an observation wheel, and rebranded its Imperial Palace property to The LINQ Hotel & Casino. In addition, the company closed Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon and replaced it with The Cromwell. MGM Resorts International broke ground on a new $375-million arena near its New York-New York Hotel & Casino and Monte Carlo to be completed in April 2016. In addition, Genting Group acquired an 87-acre property located on the Las Vegas Strip and announced plans for a multi-billion dollar Resorts World Las Vegas, while the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) moved forward on its Global Business District, which includes an expansion of the Convention Center.
Gaming investments in and around the Las Vegas Strip during 2017 and 2018 primarily came in the form of renovations, expansions and rebrands by MGM Resorts International. During this period, MGM completed construction of a new parking facility and the expansion of the conference centers at MGM Grand Las Vegas and the Aria Resort & Casino. Additionally, MGM completed the rebrand of the Monte Carlo into the Park MGM, as well as improvements to its existing parking facilities. Other gaming operators completed renovations and expansions as well, examples include: Caesars Entertainment completing the first phase of its remodel of the Flamingo's hotel rooms, Wynn Resorts completing the construction of the Wynn Plaza and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas completing room upgrades. Renovation and upgrade activity was not limited to the Las Vegas Strip, as Station Casinos completed the renovation and remodel of Palace Station and the Grand Lodge Casino at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe completed renovations.
- MGM Mirage rebrands; becomes MGM Resorts International
- Harrah's Entertainment rebrands and becomes Caesars Entertainment
- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas opens its doors on December 15, 2010
- Caesars Entertainment breaks ground on Project Linq
- The Imperial Palace rebrands into The Quad Resort & Casino
- Caesars Entertainment closes Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon for remodeling into The Cromwell
- Genting Group acquires 87-acre site for development of proposed Resorts World Las Vegas
- MGM Resorts International announces plans for 20,000-plus-seat arena on the Las Vegas Strip
- Caesars Entertainment completes The LINQ, including the 550-foot High Roller Wheel on March 31, 2014
- MGM Resorts International and AEG break ground on their $375-million arena
- The Cromwell (rebrand of Bill's Gamblin' Hall) opens on May 21, 2014
- Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (rebrand of LVH) opens on July 1, 2014
- SLS Las Vegas (rebrand of Sahara Hotel) opens on August 23, 2014
- Delano Las Vegas (rebrand of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay) opens its doors on September 1, 2014
- The Quad Resort & Casino rebrands and reopens as The LINQ Hotel & Casino on October 30, 2014
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe (rebrand of Horizon Casino Resort) celebrates its grand opening on January 28, 2015
- Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino opens its Grand Bazaar Shops to the public on February 26, 2015
- MGM Resorts International constructs an outdoor entertainment venue to host Rock in Rio and other events
- LVCVA announces plans to purchase the Riviera Hotel & Casino and demolish it for the expansion of the Convention Center
- Mandalay Bay completes the expansion of its Convention Center
- Caesars Entertainment completes the renovation and rebrand of its Roman Tower at Caesars Palace into the Julius Tower
- Silverton Casino Hotel completes its expansion
- MGM Resorts International and AEG complete T-Mobile Arena in April 2016
- The Park — Toshiba Plaza & Beer Garden opens in Spring 2016
- Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino completes the renovation of its SuperBook
- MGM Grand Las Vegas opens TopGolf
- The Las Vegas Area welcomes a record 42.9 million visitors during 2016
- MGM Resorts International begins construction on its conference center expansion at MGM Grand Las Vegas
- MGM Resorts International completes improvements of its existing Las Vegas parking facilities
- MGM Resorts International completes its new parking facility
- Upgraded Pedestrian Bridge reopens between MGM Grand Las Vegas and New York-New York Hotel & Casino
- Grand Lodge Casino at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe completes renovations
- MGM Resorts International completes construction on its conference center expansion at MGM Grand Las Vegas
- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas completes room upgrades
- MGM Resorts International completes the expansion of the convention center at Aria Resort & Casino during February 2018
- MGM Resorts International completes the rebrand of the Monte Carlo into Park MGM during May 2018
- Station Casinos completes the renovation and remodel of Palace Station
- Wynn Resorts completes the construction of the Wynn Plaza luxury retail complex
- Caesars Entertainment completes the first phase of its remodel of the Flamingo Las Vegas's hotel rooms
- Golden Entertainment announces a renovation plan for The Stratosphere, along with rebranding to The STRAT.
- Boulder Station celebrated its 25th anniversary.
- The Meruelo Group announces a rebranding of the SLS Las Vegas to its former name of Sahara Las Vegas.
- Redevelopment and re-opening of the Wynn Golf Club.
- Hooters became OYO.
- Binion's re-opened 81 rooms that were originally part of the former Hotel Apache.
- The Plaza renovated 100+ rooms at the downtown property.