15 Months after the COVID-19 Pandemic transformed Las Vegas from an overflowing tourist hub to a desolate ghost town, the Entertainment Capital of the World is back and bigger than ever.
The majority of Las Vegas establishments are operating at full capacity, which has caused an increase in visitors.
Las Vegas appears to be on the road to recovery now with the Las Vegas Convention Visitors and Convention Authority reporting that hotel occupancy was close to 71 percent in May — a stark difference from 31 percent in January of this year but still far lower than the comparable level from 2019 which was around 91 percent.
With the increase in crowds, many of Vegas’ most iconic shows on The Strip have announced their return to the stage.
“O” by Cirque Du Soleil — one of Vegas’ most iconic live shows — made their grand return to The Bellagio last Thursday with a welcome-back parade through the resort to mark their first show in over 15 months.
Both MGM Resorts International’s CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle and Cirque du Soleil’s President and CEO Daniel Lamarre celebrated the show’s return and gave remarks on its significance for the city.
“There’s so much pent-up demand for what we do, people want and need an escape right now,” Hornbuckle said to Vegas News. “There’s no better place…than Las Vegas, NV and places like The Bellagio, and a show like “O” to go see.”
“’O’ has been a fan favorite and source of pride for Cirque du Soleil since it first opened at Bellagio in 1998. As we continue to look forward with fresh hope, the grand reopening of one of the shows that has made Cirque du Soleil what it is today – a global leader in live entertainment – is a milestone we want to celebrate. Intermission is over! Let the show begin,” Lamarre said.
Mystère by Cirque Du Soleil also made its return to Treasure Island last week too.
Other Las Vegas-based shows and performers have performed packed shows on the Strip since COVID restrictions have been loosened, including Bruno Mars, Dave Chapelle, and Shin Lim.
In addition to returning shows, the city has also begun welcoming a new wave of entertainment venues including Resorts World Las Vegas — the first ground-up resort to open on The Strip in over 10 years.
Since Resorts World’s grand opening, the megaresort has already established itself as a prominent entertainment venue capable of hosting some of the biggest names in entertainment, including a recent Miley Cyrus Fourth of July show complete with a firework show finale.
There are also plenty of other entertainment developments to keep an eye on including the restoration of the historic Huntridge Theater into a live entertainment space, as well as the recently announced black-box theater development, The Beverly Theater, signaling that Vegas’ entertainment industry is showing no signs of slowing down.
Here are some other classic shows returning to Las Vegas this year:
- Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay on August 19. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit here.
- The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage on August 26. To purchase tickets, visit here.
- Tournament of Kings returns Wednesday, July 14. To purchase tickets, visit here.
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