Las Vegas revamps, reshapes and re-invents itself for Millennials

Las Vegas revamps, reshapes and re-invents itself for Millennials
Actors and dancers portraying paparazzi in Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson One” show illustrate how the multi-faceted artist was constantly pursued throughout his life. The title of the show derives from Jackson’s belief that all people are unique and equal. The extravaganza of light, color, dance and acrobatic feats plays out against a backdrop of the King of Pop’s music, which emanates from the three speakers on each of the 1,804 theater seats. (If you are sound-sensitive, bring earplugs.) The high-tech production includes 26 video projectors that shoot images throughout the theater. The production has been playing since June 2013 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. [Courtesy photo]

Let’s face it; people like Las Vegas.

Even when the last recession hit and Las Vegas was faced with particularly high unemployment and a severe collapse of the housing market, 40 million visitors a year still found their way to the city to gamble, see shows and to get quickie marriages (possibly followed by long-lasting regrets).

The history of the rise of Las Vegas is like no other city in our country.

It is replete with true tales of gambling, prostitution, the Mob, celebrities, eccentrics, shady deals and greed. Since its founding in the 1930s, Sin City has evolved several times, and it is, once again, retooling, revamping, reshaping and re-inventing itself — all for the Millennials.

Turns out that this generation — young adults who came of age around 2000 — do not have gambling high on their Things-We-Love-to-Do List. So thanks to the proclivities of the Millennials, people of all ages can enjoy extraordinary theater, spas, food and fine art.

Here are just some of the many elements of Las Vegas 4.0 that I discovered on a recent media trip.


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