JetBlue Airways and Coca-Cola joined to bring a one-day pop-up restaurant called Shared Plate to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Strangers were seated together and served custom meals created by celebrity chef JJ Johnson to reflect the diners' cultures.
The unfinished Fontainebleau Las Vegas property will become a casino resort called The Drew Las Vegas with around 4,000 rooms, retail, dining, convention and meeting space and other amenities. Construction will begin this year, and the new resort will open in 2020.
Caesars Entertainment will soon adopt a new policy in which it will check guests' hotel rooms once a day, regardless of "Do Not Disturb" signs. The operator is also considering giving employees panic buttons to use whenever they feel they could be in danger.
The D Las Vegas will be the first casino in downtown Las Vegas to welcome a mechanical horse racing game from Konami called "Fortune Cup." "'Fortune Cup' is our way of paying homage to the games that made us fall in love with Las Vegas in the first place," D Las Vegas CEO Derek Stevens said.
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino General Manager Shannon Keel is looking for more ways hourly employees can become involved in the community and in charitable events such as roadside cleanups in Reno, Nev. In addition, the casino is getting new carpeting, additional table games, more slots and devices at each table that help reduce cigarette odor.
Atari is planning to debut a cryptocurrency called the Atari Token, along with the retro-themed Pong Token, through a deal with Infinity Networks. The company has also partnered with Pariplay to operate casino platforms in which players can use either existing cryptocurrencies or real money to bet.
Revenue per available room spiked by 626% in Minnesota's Twin Cities market over Super Bowl weekend. Occupancy in Minneapolis hit 99%.
California saw $6.2 billion in hotel deals last year, including a record $1.67 billion in Los Angeles County. Strong deal flow in the state appears to be continuing, an Atlas Hospitality Group report indicates.