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IRONY, MEET ARTISTRY: Exhibit of anti-consumerist artist Banksy comes to Fashion Show

Josh Breski spent his birthday with Banksy.

The Long Beach, Calif. resident, freshly 46, was delighted to discover that his birthday-week visit to Las Vegas coincided with the opening of the Banksy: Genius or Vandal? exhibition inside Immersion Vegas, a new venue at Fashion Show mall.

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AIRBORNE TO BE WILD: 2019 was a banner year for increased air travel to Las Vegas

The menu of flights to and from Las Vegas features plenty of tasty new options for fliers in the New Year, thanks to some big air travel developments in 2019. Savory new international offerings include nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Amsterdam and between Las Vegas and the City of Lights (Paris, that is). The first-ever nonstop flight between Tel Aviv and Las Vegas also took off in 2019. There was lots of action on the domestic front, too, which welcomed a sizable flock of additional flights, most of them through ultra-low-cost carriers. Overall, “it was a banner year” for air travel developments in Las Vegas.

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2020 PYRO-VISION: Take a blazing journey through the facts and fun of Vegas’ New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacle 

Officially, it’s America’s Party — our annual jumbo-size/souped-up/extra-energized entertainment extravaganza, this year ushering in that magically-numbered new year of 2020. 

And, ’natch, there’s the titanic topper: the massive, midnight Fireworks by Grucci display on the Strip. Join us as we wing it for a fly-by of the upcoming spectacle, aided by Newswire’s interviews with two experts: Tim Keener, LVE’s vice president/event and ticket operations (this is his 19th year coordinating our New Year’s Eve show); and the fire maestro himself, Phil Grucci, CEO/creative director of the generational family biz, Fireworks by Grucci and its manufacturing branch, Pyrotechnique by Grucci.

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A TRIP TO THE JOY STORE: Whimsies (and selfies) abound at Mandalay Bay’s Happy Place

There was only one moment when I felt anywhere close to my age during my journey through Happy Place at Mandalay Bay.

That moment came as I struggled to extract myself from the Rubber Ducky Bathtub of Fun, a yellow tub full of plastic balls in which I had willingly — if foolishly — submerged myself.

“It’s deeper than it looks,” a chipper Happy Place staffer said sympathetically as she leant me a hand.

Luckily, Happy Place is a space beyond embarrassment. Indeed, the interactive, immersive exhibit full of larger-than-life installations and sensory-themed rooms is a magical place, like Disneyland or Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, minus the exorbitant entry fees and the Oompa Loompas.

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CES 2020

YES, YES, YES — it’s CES!

The big annual consumer electronics show, CES — produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) — has taken over Las Vegas with its massive 2020 edition, running through Jan. 10.

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CES Facts and Figures

Big, bigger, biggest — until, that is, it becomes even bigger.

Those may be the most apt descriptors for the CES convention, the world’s (yes) biggest consumer technology showcase. (Think of it as The Convention That Ate Las Vegas.) Four decades of partnership between the tradeshow and the city have made it one of our longest-lasting relationships, its run far exceeding any hit shows on the Strip.

Following is a primer on the history and highlights of CES (which is not open to the public). Produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), this year’s confab — now in its 53rd year — opens Jan. 7 and continues through Jan. 10.

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STAR TECH — THE NEXT GENERATION: CES and its electronic innovations return for 2020 ‘family affair’ while anticipating future confabs at expanded Las Vegas Convention Center

At the heart of the sprawling CES is a relatively small organization based in Arlington, Va., its employees considering the annual trip to Las Vegas to be a family affair.

“We have almost … 185 people come to Las Vegas to work on the show,” says Jean Foster, senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which owns and produces CES (Jan. 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues around town.)

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Sights of the season

It’s way past beginning to look a lot like Christmas. That time comes earlier every year. And every year there’s so much Christmas cheer to ogle. Take a photographic journey through the season with us as our staff shutterbugs capture the visual seasonal delights from sites including The Great Santa Run, the Ethel M Chocolate Cactus Garden, Downtown Summerlin’s Rock Rink, the Laughlin Riverwalk, Aria Resort-Casino, CityCenter’s The Shops at Crystals and the Bellagio Conservatory display.  They’ll make you feel very, very merry!

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LVCVA seeks resident volunteers for blockbuster Vegas sports events

As our town relentlessly amps up its global sports profile, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is putting out a call for volunteer help from local residents at major events with its online volunteer portal, which launched Dec. 9. By signing up, you can share the glory at all the events tied to such big-time festivities as the Pac-12, the Las Vegas Bowl, NASCAR and the NFL Draft.

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People mover project officially gets moving as tunneling commences at Las Vegas Convention Center

With a mere button press, Las Vegas literally tunneled its way into history at the Las Vegas Convention Center by triggering a potential “Kitty Hawk-type moment.”

Well, Wright on, Vegas!

“This community should take pride in what we’re doing here today,” said Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire) on Nov. 15. That’s when his finger-push on the start button helped kick The Boring Company’s giant drill into action in a 44-foot-wide pit dwelling 42 feet below the surface to begin tunneling out the convention center’s new $52.5 million underground people-mover transportation system.

And it’s when Hill declared his hope that history will eventually record it as a moment in the same realm as when Orville and Wilbur pioneered modern aviation.

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Las Vegas heads Forbes list of 2020 travel destinations

We’re the city to see, enjoy and frolic in — a fact that’s regularly confirmed in travels lists and honors. The latest comes courtesy of the Forbes.com travel guide, which lists Las Vegas first in its “Top 20 Destinations for 2020” selections.

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Nevada Resort Association forms new Corporate Social Responsibility Coalition

There’s a new team on Vegas’ charitable scene. And it’s an all-star squad, courtesy of the Nevada Resort Association, whose members and partners have joined forces for a new Corporate Social Responsibility Coalition.

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Neon Museum celebrates 1 millionth visitor

Call it a cool million for a hot attraction. With the entrance of Las Vegas local Nazarey David on Nov. 26, the Neon Museum marked its one-millionth visitor to the palace of legendary Vegas signage.

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