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Las Vegas Observation Wheels Will Battle for Business

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An artist drawing of the entrance to the Skyvue. An artist drawing of the entrance to the Skyvue.
Artist drawing of The Linq. Artist drawing of The Linq.

LAS VEGAS --  Two competing tourist attractions coming to the Las Vegas Strip might have some asking if the city is big enough for two giant observation wheels.

The Linq and Skyvue have both officially broken ground with construction already underway on The Linq, a Caesars Entertainment project. The $550 million project will be headlined by the 550-foot Las Vegas High Roller.

A few miles down the Strip, the 500-foot Skyvue Las Vegas hopes to give The Linq a run for its money. It's a battle of the big wheels and the jabs are flying in both directions.

"I don't think there's any question which project is up and underway and going to be successful," said Jan Jones, Caesars Entertainment.

"Ours is unobstructed, the other is three-quarters looking at buildings. I'm not concerned about it," Skyvue developer Howard Bulloch said.

The Linq's focal point will be the Las Vegas High Roller which is billed as the world's tallest with 28 cabins designed to hold as many as 40 people each. It broke ground a month ago.

Skyvue started in March and is being marketed as the largest observation wheel in the western hemisphere with 32 cabins and the world's largest multi-media screen. Towering 500 feet. It boasts a better view.

"We're building an observation wheel that has a phenomenal view of the Strip. They're building a peak-a-boo wheel that peaks into the hotel rooms on the backside," Bulloch said.

"We're not looking at what's happening at the end of the Strip, we're looking at what's taking place center Strip. We know what's funded. We know what's being built. We know what will be up and operating," Jones said.

Skyvue just opened up a showroom. Bulloch says his project is funded through the construction phase.

The Linq estimates 20 million people will walk by it each year. Skyvue's promotional video estimates about 18 million.

"We don't consider it competition," Bulloch said.

Jones says she doesn't believe there will be two observation wheels.

The Linq is expected to open in the first half of 2013. Skyvue is slated to give its first ride in July 2013.

 

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