In Las Vegas, there is always cause to celebrate 365 days a year. In 2016, a number of Las Vegas’ iconic resort and casino properties are observing milestone anniversaries- a grand feat in a city that is constantly changing and evolving!
On August 5, Caesars Palace officially turns 50! The property is commemorating its golden anniversary with a number of special events and offers during the “Summer of Caesars”. As part of the ongoing celebrations, the iconic resort is also continuing to offer a free, self-guided walking photo tour and exhibit highlighting the most memorable moments and people in the rich history of Caesars Palace available through the end of August.
The success of any great property depends on the dedication of its employees. What better proof of dedication to service than the hard-working employees who have remained at the resort since the property’s opening day? Caesars Palace boasts not one nor two, but five year-one employees, and on June 13, the Las Vegas Host Committee had the honor of presenting them with special Hospitality Hero Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The Caesars Palace recipients were valet attendant James (Jim) Dunbar who has been at Caesars Palace since opening day in 1966, dealers Benny Figgins and Pamela Price and banquet food server Pete George. Not present was bellhop John (Johnny O) O’Connell. Each received a special award presented by Las Vegas Host Committee Chairman, Oscar Goodman and, of course, his iconic Las Vegas showgirls!
Caesars Palace isn’t the only Las Vegas property celebrating 50 years of service. The Four Queens also reached this prestigious accomplishment this year, commemorating its anniversary in June.
The Fremont Hotel and Casino has been a staple of Downtown Las Vegas’ landscape for 60 years! The property encourages the community to join their festivities through the end of September.
Stations Casino kicked off its 40th anniversary celebrations with a fireworks display in early July, followed by a month of contests, gift offers and specials. The company, which started with the opening of a gambling parlor called The Casino, now encompasses 19 gaming venues and more than 12,000 employees.
The Las Vegas Host Committee would like to extend a heart-felt congratulations to not only the properties celebrating anniversaries this year, but also to all of the dedicated people who live and work in Las Vegas’ hospitality industry. Tourism is the lifeblood of our economy, providing employment for nearly half of our residents, supporting 368,900 local jobs and contributing $13.9 billion in local wages. Thank you for all that you do to make Las Vegas a wonderful place to visit and call home! +