Las Vegas Summer Travel Preview

Level Up is MGM Grand’s new interactive lounge, a pay-to-play haven for tech-savvy adults.

It may be true that whatever happens in Las Vegas stays there. What’s more important to travel agents, however, is that Vegas never stays the same. It seems there’s always something new happening in the city. Here are some of the most recent developments.

Summer Splash, created and curated by the producers of past Maxim Super Bowl & Maxim Hot 100 Parties, as well as Hollywood red carpet events, includes accommodations at MGM Grand and complimentary, VIP admission to nine events at top clubs and pools. The package can be booked for July 19-24, July 26-31, August 2-7 or August 9-14. Visit

Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Gamblit Gaming have debuted Las Vegas’ first skill-based gaming experience at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino for its initial field trial phase. Gamblit’s interactive game tables can host between two and four players for a head-to-head gaming experience. Each terminal offers a multi-player / multi-game machine with access to a shared 42-inch touch screen. The three tables at Planet Hollywood will initially offer two games, Gamblit Poker and Cannonbeard’s Treasure. Pending final regulatory approval, additional Gamblit games are planned for Caesars Palace and The LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Level Up is MGM Grand’s new interactive lounge, a pay-to-play area for tech-savvy adults. One highlight is the world’s first indoor laser golf course where guests test their skills and challenge fellow “golfers” on a moving green. Designed by Golfstream, this first-of-its-kind experience uses augmented reality and laser guidance to take participants through a series of fast-paced mini-challenges.

At Bellagio’s Gallery of Fine Art, the new “I Am The Greatest: Muhammad Ali” exhibit will run through September 30. It celebrates the life and legacy of the championship heavyweight boxer and provides a never-before-seen look into Ali’s captivating and historic life. The Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the last admissions sold 30 minutes prior to closing. Guests also may take complimentary daily docent tours at 2 p.m. or, for an additional cost, private docent tours.

For live professional sports, there’s no need to wait for the NFL’s Raiders to arrive in 2020. Through Labor Day, the Las Vegas 51s, AAA farm team of the New York Mets, play their home games at Cashman Field, about a 20-minute ride north of the Strip. Baseball fans can watch potential future Major League All Stars; Noah Syndergard and Jacob deGrom are among current Mets stars who once played for the 51s.

The annual NBA Summer League this year runs July 7 to 17 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center. For players, it’s a period of preparation for the upcoming season. For basketball fans, it gives a closer look at some of the sport’s top talent, alongside young players who don’t get much playing time during the regular season. Players are more accessible and fans have a better opportunity to get autographs.

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