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Fast forward 20 years and the hotel’s parent company, MGM Mirage, is about to open another landmark project that seems destined to be the next turning point in the city’s history. Once again, the economy is slumping and Las Vegas is seeing a dip in visitor numbers. Some people expected the multi-building, multi-architect, multibillion-dollar CityCenter to be shelved or at least scaled back as a victim of the recession. A month or so away from the opening of Vdara, the first of CityCenter’s hotels, all reports are that the project is on track. In fact, CityCenter has even defied skeptics already by getting Gold LEED certification — putting it on track to become one of the largest sustainable projects in the world.
In an industry where out-of-the-box thinking is more often touted than demonstrated, it’s only right to acknowledge when a company truly does stick to a bold and creative vision. Also, it’s great to see that MGM Mirage is making a commitment to travel agents by opening Vdara, and Aria Resort, with special agent rates. Company executives have often said that they know how important it is to get agents to visit the center and, once again, they are backing up their words with actions.
If this is how business will be done in Las Vegas in the future, the next chapter of the city’s history should be exciting and inspiring to watch. — K.S.