The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino is scheduled to open in late 2016 in Las Vegas, becoming the first new casino development launch in the city for six years.
The resort, which is operated by the Las Vegas Economic Impact Regional Center and Lucky Dragon LP, is said to be specifically targeted at the Asian market, with signage in Chinese and English, multilingual staff and a range of Asian food & beverage offerings, and the city’s only tea garden.
The hotel will feature 204 rooms and suites, as well as a casino with emphasis on popular Asian games such as baccarat and pai gow. The casino will feature 37 table games and 300 slot machines. The resort plans to offer an “authentic Asian lifestyle experience.” David Jacoby, chief operating officer for the resort, said, “This whole place has been very specifically feng shui’d, from the color patterns, to the carpets, to where the seats are, to where the cash is. There will be no fourth floor in the hotel – that’s a superstition similar to what we have in the United States with the number 13. There’s no number 4 anywhere on the property”.
In May, Hainan Airlines received approval to operate three direct weekly flights from China. Hainan Airlines is expected to use its 213 seat, 787 passenger jet, which at full capacity, means 33,000 inbound Chinese passengers at full capacity.
“First, direct flights would allow Chinese travelers to spend more time in Las Vegas and ultimately spend more money. Second, incremental flights and carriers would likely follow suit after the first three flights begin. We believe the first direct flights into Las Vegas could just be the tip of the iceberg as it relates to direct service between Las Vegas and China,” said Union Gaming.