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Hotel Renovations, Additions Changing Strip Skyline

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LAS VEGAS -- The great recession hit southern Nevada hard and most people are still feeling the effects.

However, hotel renovations and new additions to the Las Vegas skyline are moving forward, which is a sign that the city's economy is improving.

Companies continue to invest big in Las Vegas, hoping to keep the tourists coming back year after year.

Under Lady Liberty and just below the thrill seekers feeling the rush on the roller coaster, is construction.

New York-New York Hotel and Casino and the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino are both undergoing a transformation.

"There is actually a lot of excitement about what is going on in between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, as we seek to enliven, not only the space in between them, but really the streetscape that links all of them together," executive vice-president for MGM Resorts International Alan Feldman said.

A brand new entertainment district will welcome patrons. It is a Strip-side sensation, with an outdoor plaza experience, casual bars, eateries and retail.

A new 20,000 seat arena is in the works behind the Monte Carlo. Guests will be able to access it through an outdoor park.

"I would think of it more in the way you see urban parks in urban settings like London or New York or San Francisco, where people, in the course of their daily lives, take a break for a few minutes and might enjoy a coffee or might enjoy a quick bite to eat," Feldman said.

Other companies see a bright future in Las Vegas. The old Sahara is being gutted to make for way SLS Las Vegas. The all-encompassing, mixed-use resort and casino will open next year.

Meantime, the stalled Echelon is expected to become Resorts World Las Vegas and is set to open in 2016.

Tourists return because Las Vegas reinvents itself.

"It is about continually refreshing or renewing the invitation, so that we give people new reasons to come," Feldman said.

The Fontainebleau remains stalled, and brand new, from the ground up, major resorts are not expected to be built over the next couple of years.

Experts say we'll continue to see renovations and changes to current hotel-casinos.

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