Richard N. Velotta – Nevada's new tourism panel has begun meeting
Richard N. Velotta – Nevada’s new tourism panel has begun meetingWhile average daily room rates and hotel occupancy rates are below historic highs, Las Vegas is seeing the highest level of visitation in its history, economist Jeremy Aguero told members of a new committee this week.Aguero, of Las Vegas-based Applied Analysis, also outlined historic and projected trends in population, employment and visitation, and how their dramatic growth over the past six decades is creating the need to develop infrastructure to support the accompanying visitor volume as the community grows.The 11-member panel’s mission is to recommend projects to keep Las Vegas at the top of the tourism industry worldwide and suggest how to pay for them.On Tuesday, it charted a course to discuss possible improvements for McCarran International Airport and the future of transportation; stadiums, arenas and event centers; convention centers; roads, highways and mass transit; and pedestrian movement within the resort corridor.The committee, formally known as the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, is headed by Steve Hill, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.Next month, the committee will dig into its first area of focus with reports on McCarran and the future of transportation. Presentations are planned on passenger carriers, air tour operators, cargo carriers, taxi, shuttle and ground transportation companies and resorts. Transportation experts from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, the U.S. Department of Transportation and CityLab are expected to make presentations.Hill said the committee would meet monthly and hear from experts before concluding on recommendations for a report to be delivered to Gov. Brian Sandoval.The finished report could lead to efforts to seek legislative help on federal, state and local levels.Committee members include Hill, UNLV President Len Jessup, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kristin McMillan.Committee membership also includes resort industry leaders Tom Jenkin of Caesars Entertainment, Bill Noonan of Boyd Gaming, Bill Hornbuckle of MGM Resorts International, Kim Sinatra of Wynn Resorts, George Markantonis of Las Vegas Sands and Mike Sloan of Station Casinos.Six nonvoting community experts will assist the committee: Las Vegas City Manager Betsy Fretwell, Clark County Manager Don Burnette, Regional Transportation Commission General Manager Tina Quigley, Clark County Aviation Director Rosemary Vassiliadis, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter and financial expert Guy Hobbs.Copyright GamingWire. All rights reserved.

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Two Great Casino Promotions Running Now
Two Great Casino Promotions Running NowThere are two fantastic promotional offers running in July over at Omni Casino (a Playtech powered casino) and Golden Riviera Casino (a Microgaming powered casino). Let’s start by taking a look at Omni’s Sizzlin’ Grill Promotion. This extended promotion will start on Monday 6th July and it will run right up until the end of Friday 31st July. You can play to win some great prizes included one of three BBQ’s, cash prizes, deposit specials and much more. One of these BBQ’s is a charcoal grill of your choice worth up to the value of $150. There is also a portable gas grill of your choice worth up to $250 and also a top of the range complete gas grill of your choice worth up to the value of $400. All you need to do is take part in the special activity days from now until the end of the promotion and for each activity that you do participate in, your account will be credited with X amount of activity points. The points will accumulate and then the higher up the leaderboard you climb, the greater your chances of winning one of these prizes will be. With the Spinnin’ Monday’s promo, simply wager $/€/£0.75 or more on any 15 to 50 paylined slot machine of your choice and you will receive 1 activity point. With the Deposit Wednesday’s Promo, your account will be credited with 1 activity point for every $/€/£1.00 that you deposit in to your account. The other special offer is the Wager-Up Friday’s promo. For every $/€/£1.00 that you wager on the slots you will receive 1 activity point. Take part in these activities to be in with a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes. Over at Golden Riviera Casino you can play to win one of five gadget packages. This is a prize draw promotion which will take place on August 3rd. You can earn prize draw entries for every €50 that you wager on the new Hot as Hade slot machine from July 9th to August 2nd. Let’s take a quick look at what some of these gadget package prizes include. The fifth, fourth and third prizes comprise of Bose Mini Bluetooth speakers and iPhone 6’s. The second prize gadget package is worth more than €2,500 and this includes Bose Mini Bluetooth speakers, an iPhone 6, a Games Console package worth up to the value of €700, an iPad 3 mini and a MacBook air. The top prize is a gadget package worth more than €6,000. This prize includes the same prizes as the second gadget package, plus it also contains a massive 55 inch TV. The new Hot as Hades slot will arrive at Golden Riviera Casino on July 8th and remember that the sooner you start playing, the more prize draw entries you will be able to earn.

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NMI® at 55.7%; May Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®; Business Activity Index at 59.5%; New Orders Index at 57.9%; Employment Index at 55.3%
NMI® at 55.7%; May Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®; Business Activity Index at 59.5%; New Orders Index at 57.9%; Employment Index at 55.3% DO NOT CONFUSE THIS NATIONAL REPORT with the various regional purchasing reports released across the country. The national report’s information reflects the entire United States, while the regional reports contain primarily regional data from their local vicinities. Also, the information in the regional reports is not used in calculating the results of the national report. The information compiled in this report is for the month of May 2015.TEMPE, Ariz., June 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in May for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM®Report On Business®.The report was issued today by Anthony Nieves, CPSM, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “The NMI® registered 55.7 percent in May, 2.1 percentage points lower than the April reading of 57.8 percent. This represents continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector although at a slower rate. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index decreased to 59.5 percent, which is 2.1 percentage points lower than the April reading of 61.6 percent, reflecting growth for the 70th consecutive month at a slower rate. The New Orders Index registered 57.9 percent, 1.3 percentage points lower than the reading of 59.2 percent registered in April. The Employment Index decreased 1.4 percentage points to 55.3 percent from the April reading of 56.7 percent and indicates growth for the 15th consecutive month. The Prices Index increased 5.8 percentage points from the April reading of 50.1 percent to 55.9 percent, indicating prices increased in May for the third consecutive month. According to the NMI®, 15 non-manufacturing industries reported growth in May. Overall there has been a slight slowing in the rate of growth for the non-manufacturing sector. Respondents’ comments are mostly positive about business conditions and indicate economic growth will continue.”INDUSTRY PERFORMANCEThe 15 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in May — listed in order — are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Management of Companies & Support Services; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Construction; Accommodation & Food Services; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Public Administration; Wholesale Trade; Educational Services; Finance & Insurance; Retail Trade; and Health Care & Social Assistance. The only industry reporting contraction in May is: Mining.WHAT RESPONDENTS ARE SAYING …*Non-Manufacturing ISM®Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for Business Activity, New Orders, Prices and Employment Indexes. Manufacturing ISM®Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for New Orders, Production, Employment and Supplier Deliveries.**Number of months moving in current direction.COMMODITIES REPORTED UP/DOWN IN PRICE, AND IN SHORT SUPPLYCommodities Up in PriceBeef (7); Beef Products; Chicken (3); Consultants; Copper Products; Dairy Products; #1 Diesel Fuel (5); #2 Diesel Fuel (2); Eggs; Fuel (4); Gasoline (5); Labor; Medical Supplies; Natural Gas*; and Paper (3).Commodities Down in PriceBacon; Coffee; Computer Products; Contract Labor; Corn; Lubricant Products; Natural Gas*; Plastic Products; and Pork (2).Commodities in Short SupplyDrugs; and Services Labor (4).Note: The number of consecutive months the commodity is listed is indicated after each item.*Reported as both up and down in price.NMI®In May, the NMI® registered 55.7 percent, a decrease of 2.1 percentage points when compared to April’s reading of 57.8 percent, indicating continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector for the 64th consecutive month. A reading above 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector is generally contracting.An NMI® in excess of 48.7 percent, over a period of time, generally indicates an expansion of the overall economy. Therefore, the May NMI® indicates growth for the 70th consecutive month in the overall economy, and indicates expansion in the non-manufacturing sector for the 64th consecutive month. Nieves stated, “The past relationship between the NMI® and the overall economy indicates that the NMI® for May (55.7 percent) corresponds to a 3.0 percent increase in real gross domestic product (GDP) on an annualized basis.”NMI®HISTORYBusiness ActivityISM®’s Business Activity Index in May registered 59.5 percent; a decrease of 2.1 percentage points below April’s reading of 61.6 percent. This represents growth in business activity for the 70th consecutive month. Fifteen industries reported increased business activity, and two industries reported decreased activity for the month of May. Comments from respondents include: “Business expansion and seasonal increases” and “Spring season peak activity of consumer goods flowing to major retailers.”The 15 industries reporting growth of business activity in May — listed in order — are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Management of Companies & Support Services; Educational Services; Transportation & Warehousing; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Construction; Utilities; Accommodation & Food Services; Public Administration; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Wholesale Trade; Finance & Insurance; Health Care & Social Assistance; and Information. The two industries reporting a decrease in business activity in May are: Mining; and Retail Trade.New OrdersISM®’s Non-Manufacturing New Orders Index grew in May for the 70th consecutive month at a slower rate compared to April. The index registered 57.9 percent, a decrease of 1.3 percentage points from the April reading of 59.2 percent. Comments from respondents include: “More demand and requests for services” and “Seeing new business development and new service requirements with new customers planning new and higher levels of market demands.”The 14 industries reporting growth of new orders in May — listed in order — are: Management of Companies & Support Services; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Educational Services; Transportation & Warehousing; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Utilities; Public Administration; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Construction; Accommodation & Food Services; Finance & Insurance; Retail Trade; Health Care & Social Assistance; and Wholesale Trade. The only industry reporting contraction of new orders in May is: Mining.EmploymentEmployment activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in May for the 15th consecutive month. ISM®’s Non-Manufacturing Employment Index registered 55.3 percent, which reflects a decrease of 1.4 percentage points when compared to April’s reading of 56.7 percent. Fourteen industries reported increased employment, and two industries reported decreased employment. Comments from respondents include: “Additional demand for services necessitated increased staffing counts” and “Staffing for new client.”The 14 industries reporting an increase in employment in May — listed in order — are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Retail Trade; Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Management of Companies & Support Services; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Finance & Insurance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Wholesale Trade; Health Care & Social Assistance; Public Administration; Accommodation & Food Services; and Construction. The two industries reporting a reduction in employment in May are: Mining; and Educational Services.Supplier DeliveriesSupplier Deliveries were unchanged in May as the index registered 50 percent which is 3.5 percentage points lower than the 53.5 percent registered in April. A reading above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries, while a reading below 50 percent indicates faster deliveries.The seven industries reporting slower deliveries in May — listed in order — are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Wholesale Trade; Construction; Accommodation & Food Services; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The eight industries reporting faster deliveries in May — listed in order — are: Mining; Educational Services; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; Health Care & Social Assistance; Information; Finance & Insurance; and Public Administration.InventoriesISM®’s Non-Manufacturing Inventories grew for the second consecutive month after a month of contraction and registered 51 percent in May, which is the same reading that was reported in April. Of the total respondents in May, 32 percent indicated they do not have inventories or do not measure them. Comments from respondents include: “Deliberate actions to bring them down” and “Same level, but more frequent turns.”The eight industries reporting an increase in inventories in May — listed in order — are: Educational Services; Transportation & Warehousing; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Other Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Wholesale Trade; Public Administration; and Retail Trade. The seven industries reporting decreases in inventories in May — listed in order — are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Mining; Accommodation & Food Services; Construction; Finance & Insurance; and Health Care & Social Assistance.PricesPrices paid by non-manufacturing organizations for purchased materials and services increased in May for the third consecutive month. ISM®’s Non-Manufacturing Prices Index for May registered 55.9 percent, 5.8 percentage points higher than the 50.1 percent reported in April. The percentage of respondents reporting higher prices is 20 percent, the percentage indicating no change in prices paid is 73 percent, and 7 percent of the respondents reported lower prices.The 11 non-manufacturing industries reporting an increase in prices paid during the month of May — listed in order — are: Utilities; Educational Services; Accommodation & Food Services; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Wholesale Trade; Construction; Transportation & Warehousing; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Public Administration; and Health Care & Social Assistance. The four industries reporting a decrease in prices paid for the month of May are: Mining; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Information; and Finance & Insurance.NOTE: Commodities reported as up in price and down in price are listed in the commodities section of this report.Backlog of OrdersISM®’s Non-Manufacturing Backlog of Orders Index contracted in May after three consecutive months of growth. The index registered 48.5 percent, which is 6 percentage points lower than the 54.5 percent that was reported in April. Of the total respondents in May, 42 percent indicated they do not measure backlog of orders.The six industries reporting an increase in order backlogs in May — listed in order — are: Construction; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Management of Companies & Support Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Public Administration; and Wholesale Trade. The six industries reporting a decrease in order backlogs in May — listed in order — are: Mining; Transportation & Warehousing; Information; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Retail Trade; and Finance & Insurance. Six industries reported no change in order backlogs in May compared to April.New Export OrdersOrders and requests for services and other non-manufacturing activities to be provided outside of the United States by domestically based personnel grew in May after a month of contraction. Prior to the contraction in April, the last time new export orders contracted was in March 2014. The New Export Orders Index for May registered 55 percent, which is 6.5 percentage points higher than the 48.5 percent reported in April. Of the total respondents in May, 68 percent indicated they either do not perform, or do not separately measure, orders for work outside of the United States.The six industries reporting an increase in new export orders in May — listed in order — are: Information; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Management of Companies & Support Services; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Construction; and Finance & Insurance. The three industries reporting a decrease in new export orders in May are: Mining; Wholesale Trade; and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting. Eight industries reported no change in new export orders in May compared to April.ImportsThe ISM® Non-Manufacturing Imports Index grew in May for the fourth consecutive month. This month’s reading at 53.5 percent is 2 percentage points higher than the reading of 51.5 percent reported in April. Fifty-nine percent of respondents reported that they do not use, or do not track the use of, imported materials.The nine industries reporting an increase in imports for the month of May — listed in order — are: Transportation & Warehousing; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Management of Companies & Support Services; Other Services; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Information; Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The three industries reporting a decrease in imports for the month of May are: Mining; Accommodation & Food Services; and Construction. Six industries reported no change in imports in May compared to April.Inventory SentimentThe ISM® Non-Manufacturing Inventory Sentiment Index in May registered 59 percent, which is 0.5 percentage point lower than the 59.5 percent reported in April. This indicates that respondents believe their inventories are still too high at this time. In May, 24 percent of respondents said their inventories were too high, 6 percent said their inventories were too low, and 70 percent said their inventories were about right.The eight industries reporting a feeling that their inventories are too high in May — listed in order — are: Educational Services; Other Services; Wholesale Trade; Finance & Insurance; Retail Trade; Utilities; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; and Public Administration. The only industry reporting a feeling that their inventory is too low in May is: Information. Nine industries reported no change in inventory sentiment in May compared to April.About This ReportThe data presented herein is obtained from a survey of non-manufacturing supply managers based on information they have collected within their respective organizations. ISM® makes no representation, other than that stated within this release, regarding the individual company data collection procedures. The data should be compared to all other economic data sources when used in decision-making.Data and Method of PresentationThe Non-Manufacturing ISM®Report On Business® is based on data compiled from purchasing and supply executives nationwide. Membership of the Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee is diversified by NAICS, based on each industry’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP). The Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee responses are divided into the following NAICS code categories: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Mining; Utilities; Construction; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; Information; Finance & Insurance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Educational Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Accommodation & Food Services; Public Administration; and Other Services (services such as Equipment & Machinery Repairing; Promoting or Administering Religious Activities; Grantmaking; Advocacy; and Providing Dry-Cleaning & Laundry Services, Personal Care Services, Death Care Services, Pet Care Services, Photofinishing Services, Temporary Parking Services, and Dating Services).Survey responses reflect the change, if any, in the current month compared to the previous month. For each of the indicators measured (Business Activity, New Orders, Backlog of Orders, New Export Orders, Inventory Change, Inventory Sentiment, Imports, Prices, Employment and Supplier Deliveries), this report shows the percentage reporting each response, and the diffusion index. Responses represent raw data and are never changed. Data is seasonally adjusted for Business Activity, New Orders, Prices and Employment. All seasonal adjustment factors are subject annually to relatively minor changes when conditions warrant them. The remaining indexes have not indicated significant seasonality.The NMI® (Non-Manufacturing Index) is a composite index based on the diffusion indexes for four of the indicators with equal weights: Business Activity (seasonally adjusted), New Orders (seasonally adjusted), Employment (seasonally adjusted) and Supplier Deliveries. Diffusion indexes have the properties of leading indicators and are convenient summary measures showing the prevailing direction of change and the scope of change. An index reading above 50 percent indicates that the non-manufacturing economy in that index is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates that it is generally declining. Supplier Deliveries is an exception. A Supplier Deliveries Index above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries and below 50 percent indicates faster deliveries.An NMI® in excess of 48.7 percent, over a period of time, indicates that the overall economy, or gross domestic product (GDP), is generally expanding; below 48.7 percent, it is generally declining. The distance from 50 percent or 48.7 percent is indicative of the strength of the expansion or decline.The Non-Manufacturing ISM®Report On Business® survey is sent out to Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee respondents the first part of each month. Respondents are asked to ONLY report on information for the current month. ISM® receives survey responses throughout most of any given month, with the majority of respondents generally waiting until late in the month to submit responses in order to give the most accurate picture of current business activity. ISM® then compiles the report for release on the third business day of the following month.The industries reporting growth, as indicated in the Non-Manufacturing ISM®Report On Business® monthly report, are listed in the order of most growth to least growth. For the industries reporting contraction or decreases, those are listed in the order of the highest level of contraction/decrease to the least level of contraction/decrease.About Institute for Supply Management®Founded in 1915 as the first supply management institute in the world, Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) is committed to advancing the practice of supply chain management to drive value and competitive advantage for its members, contributing to a prosperous and sustainable world. This year, ISM celebrates 100 years of leading, innovating and guiding the profession through the renowned ISM Report On Business®, highly regarded certification programs, and industry-standard training and educational resources. ISM is a not-for-profit organization with global influence, serving supply chain professionals in more than 90 countries.The full text version of the Non-Manufacturing ISM®Report On Business® is posted on ISM®’s website at www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org on the third business day* of every month after 10:00 a.m. (ET).The next Non-Manufacturing ISM®Report On Business® featuring the June 2015 data will be released at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on Monday, July 6, 2015.*Unless the NYSE is closed. Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121101/LA02871LOGO 

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