A Look Forward: One year after resort reopenings, big plans are in store for Vegas

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas is finally starting to look normal again, after more than a year of shutdowns and closures.

Friday marked exactly one year since some resorts on the Las Vegas Strip reopened their doors. And now that we are back to 100% capacity, there are big plans for our city.

Las Vegas feels the most alive it’s been in more than a year. We have been waiting for this moment — and the celebrations are just beginning!

“It feels exciting and free,” said visitor Lidwina Quevy.

There is a sense of overwhelming optimism in the city.

One year ago, on June 4, 2020, resorts were just starting to resume limited operations amid the coronavirus pandemic, after being boarded up for months. But fast forward one year later, and crowds are coming back to Fremont Street and the Las Vegas Strip now that Vegas is at full capacity.

Las Vegas Strip (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

“It feels like people uniting again because we’ve been isolated for so long,” Quevy said.

Business is booming again, and even more money will flood into town with the return of conventions. Up first is World of Concrete, which runs from June 8-10, 2021, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“This marks the start of the conventions coming back to Las Vegas,” said Ashley Lowe, co-founder and CEO of Convention People, a company that provides services for trade show exhibitors.

Lowe is ready to get to work.

“All eyes are on World of Concrete this week,” Lowe said. “They are setting the tone for what this industry is like and what is going to happen for the rest of this year and into next year.”

And to truly kick off this new era, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is planning a massive firework show for Independence Day. Seven properties on the Las Vegas Strip (Planet Hollywood, Aria, Caesars Palace, Venetian, Resorts World, Treasure Island and The Strat) will light up the night sky! There will also be a whole bunch of headliners performing in Las Vegas on 4th of July weekend. The star-studded line-up includes Afrojack, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus and Sublime.

“We’re very excited that Las Vegas is back, and we want to make sure we announce that in a really big way,” said Fletch Brunelle, vice president of sales and marketing for the LVCVA.

It has been a long time coming, but it is safe to say our city is getting back on track!

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