1993 -- Treasure Island Hotel opens Oct. 26 with 2,900 rooms.
1993 -- MGM Grand Hotel and Theme Park opens Dec. 18, with
5,005 rooms and a 171,500-square-foot casino; to date
the largest resort hotel-casino in the world.
1993 -- The Nevada Legislature passes enabling legislation for
development of "The Fremont Street Experience."
1994 -- Buffalo Bill's in Stateline and Boulder Station Casino
on Boulder Highway in Las Vegas open.
1994 -- Mirage Resorts Inc. and Gold Strike announce plans to
jointly construct Monte Carlo, a mega-resort north of
the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and the Strip.
The resort will have a Victorian theme.
1994 -- Plans to construct New York-New York Hotel Casino at
the intersection of the Strip and Tropicana Avenue
announced by MGM Grand and Primadonna Resorts.
1994 -- Work begins on Fremont Street Experience. Downtown
Fremont Street is permanently closed to automobile
traffic on Sept. 7, 1994.
1994 -- Steve Wynn reveals plans to construct Bellagio,
a 46-story hotel casino at the intersection of the Las
Vegas Strip and Flamingo Road.
1994 -- Sam's Town on Boulder Highway expands with the opening
of a 650-room tower and lush, plant-filled atrium.
1994 -- Boomtown opens a 300-room hotel-casino on Blue Diamond
1994 -- The first non-stop, regularly scheduled charter
service from Europe begins with weekly flights by
Condor from Cologne, Germany.
1994 -- Four skywalks are built over the intersection of
Tropicana Boulevard and the Las Vegas Strip.
1994 -- County opens Interstate 15-McCarran airport connector
road system that tunnels under the east-west runways.
1994 -- Work begins on the Desert Inn Road arterial, which
will tunnel under the Las Vegas Strip.
1994 -- The Dunes hotel-casino is Imploded on October 27th.
1994 -- The Fiesta, the first hotel-casino in North Las Vegas,
opens with 100 rooms.
1995 -- Vegas World closes its doors Feb. 1 for work on a
casino complex at the base of the Stratosphere Tower.
1995 -- Clark County population for the first time is
estimated at more than 1 million residents.
1995 -- The first Hard Rock Hotel opens March 10.
1995 -- New visitors center opens at Hoover Dam.
1995 -- Circus Circus Inc. buys Gold Strike Resorts.
1995 -- $25 million monorail begins running between MGM Grand and Bally's hotel-casinos on June 14.
1995 -- Las Vegas reported a 29 million visitor volume for the year. Statewide gross gaming revenue surpasses $7.3 billion. Clark County produced $5.7 billion of the state's gaming revenue total.
1995 -- Landmark Hotel imploded Nov. 7.
1996 -- Ground breaking ceremonies for Las Vegas Hilton's Star Trek: The Experience held on Jan. 24.
1996 -- The $13 million Las Vegas Strip beautification project, in which 76,000 palms, shrubs, flowering foliage and ground covers were planted, was finished in March. It was started in May 1995.
1996 -- Wayne Newton celebrates 25,000th Las Vegas performance. Siegfried and Roy celebrate 15,000th Las Vegas performance.
1996 -- Work is completed on the Desert Inn Road arterial, creating the first tunnel under the Las Vegas Strip.
1996 -- Stratosphere Tower, the tallest free-standing observation tower in the U.S. and the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, opens April 30, only to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy nine months later (Jan 27, 1997). It continues to operate.
1996 -- Hilton Hotels Corp. purchases Bally's Entertainment Corp., parent company of Bally's Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip for $3 billion.
1996 -- Caesars Magical Empire, a multimillion dollar dining and entertainment complex opens in Caesars Palace June 18.
1996 -- Monte Carlo, a joint venture between Circus Circus Enterprises Inc. and Mirage Resorts Inc. opens June 21.
1996 -- The $72 million, 1,100-acre Las Vegas Speedway park with tracks for drag, stock car and formula car races to open September 1996.
1996 -- Clark County Commission grants building permits for the $500 million, 2,900-room Paris Casino Resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
1996 -- Hyatt Hotel Corp. announces plans to build a 500-room hotel on the shores of Lake Las Vegas
1996 -- Circus Circus Enterprises announces a joint venture with Four Seasons Regent to build a 400-room, five star non-gaming hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.
1996 -- The Sands Hotel, after 44 years of continuous operation, is closed June 30 by owner Sheldon Adelson who announces plans to build a 6,000-room megaresort on the Las Vegas Strip site. Sands tower imploded Nov. 26.
1996 -- State Line, NV, at the Southern Nevada-California border, is renamed Primm in honor of the community's founder Ernest Primm.
1996 -- Ground breaking held for 3,000-room Planet Hollywood Hotel Casino adjacent to The Desert Inn at Sands Avenue and the Las Vegas Strip. Construction on the joint venture between ITT Corp. and Planet Hollywood was never started.
1996 -- Circus Circus implodes Hacienda Hotel Casino Dec. 31 to make way for megaresort.
1996 -- 29.6 million people visit Las Vegas in 1996; state gross gaming revenue totals $7.45 billion, and Clark County population hits 1.1 million.
1997 -- New York-New York Hotel Casino opens on the Las Vegas Strip Jan 3. More than 100,000 people a day visited the new resort during the casinos first days in operation.
1997 -- Hilton Hotels Corp. makes a $10.5 billion hostile take-over move on Jan. 28 against ITT Corp. which resists the bid. ITT shareholders reject Hilton take-over in favor of a more lucrative offer by Starwood Lodging.
The deal involves ownership of Caesars Place and The Desert Inn on the Las Vegas Strip.
1997 -- The 6,945-yard, par 71 Lakes Course opens Feb. 7, the first golf course located in Primm, NV.
1997 -- Sheldon Adelson breaks ground in April to build a 6,000-room, $1.8 billion Venetian theme resort on the grounds of the original Sands Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.
1997 -- Steve Wynn, builder of Las Vegas Strip megaresorts, calls for a slow approach to future expansion in Las Vegas.
1997 -- The U.S. Air Force celebrates its 50th anniversary in an unequaled display of aviation military might attended by 80 foreign, high-ranking NATO and Pacific Air Command officials, and 300,000 spectators.
1997 -- Sue Henley, a Las Vegas construction inspector, wins $12,510,549 on a Megabucks slot machine April 14 in New York-New York Hotel/Casino. It is the largest slot machine jackpot in history to date.
1997 -- Coca Cola Co. opens its World of Coca Cola store in the Showcase Mall marked by a 100-foot-tall glass Coca Cola bottle.
1997 -- The first non-stop scheduled commercial flight from Frankfurt-Mein International Airport in Germany lands May 7 with 215 passengers at McCarran International Airport.
1997 -- Players Island Resort Hotel and Spa in Mesquite purchased by Virgin River Casino and renamed CasaBlanca on July 1.
1997 -- The Forum Shops at Caesars on Aug. 29 opened 35 new shops, stores and restaurants in a 276,000-square-foot expansion. The growth doubled the size of the upscale shopping mall adjacent to Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.
1997 -- The Aladdin Hotel closed on the Las Vegas Strip Nov. 25 making way for a $1.2 billion gambling and hotel complex. Plans call for development of a Middle East-theme shopping center, a 2,600-room hotel as well as a joint venture with Planet Hollywood Inc. for development of a neighboring $250 million, 2,000-room music-theme resort.
1998 -- Star Trek: The Experience opens Jan. 4 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
1998 -- Ameristar Casinos, Inc. opens The Reserve Hotel Casino on Feb. 10
1998 -- Circus Circus officials announce that Mandalay Bay will be the name of the
company's new resort at the Strip and Russell Road. The hotel's working name was
1998 -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts buys ITT Corp. for $14.6 billion. The purchase
includes acquisition of Caesars Palace and The Desert Inn hotel/casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.
1998 -- Eagle Canyon Airlines buys Las Vegas-based Scenic Airlines.
1998 -- The Aladdin Hotel is imploded on April 27.
1998 -- Northwest Airlines inaugurates non-stop service June 1 from Tokyo to Las
1998 -- Japan Airlines inaugurates non-stop service October 2 from Tokyo to Las
1998 -- Koren Airlines makes history in August with three non-stop charter flights
from Seoul, Korea, to Las Vegas.
1998 -- Country Star restaurant on the Strip is acquired by Mirage Resorts Inc. and
1998 -- Bellagio, billed as the most expensive hotel in the world ($1.7 billion) opens
October 15 on the Las Vegas Strip and initiates a policy barring persons under 18
years of age who are not registered guests of the hotel.
1998 -- Las Vegas Convention Center opens an expansion, boosting its total space
to 1.9 million square feet.
1998 -- The Debbie Reynolds hotel-casino, a half block east of the Las Vegas Strip
on Convention Center Drive, is sold at public auction August 5 to the World
Wresting Federation for $9.27 million.
1998 -- The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is sold in December by founders Bill
Bennett and Ralph Englestad to North Carolina-based Speedway Motorsports Inc.,
headed by O. Bruton Smith, for $215 million.
1998 -- Proposition 5 is passed by California voters in November, opening the door
for casino-style gambling on American Indian reservations.
1998 -- A 66-year-old Las Vegas resident hits a $27.58 million progressive
Megabucks jackpot November 15 at the Palace Station Hotel Casino.
1998 -- The D gates open at McCarran International Airport.
1998 -- Annual gross gaming revenue in Nevada hits the $8.1 billion mark.
1998 -- Annual number of visitors to Las Vegas totals 30.6 million people.
1998 -- Hilton Hotels Corp. spins off its gaming division to Park Place Entertainment
Corp., including the Las Vegas Hilton, Flamingo Hilton, Bally's and soon to open Paris Las Vegas
on the Strip, December 31.
1999 -- Harrah's Entertainment Inc. purchases the Rio Hotel-Casino Inc. for $888
million, Jan. 1.
1999 -- MGM Grand Inc. buys Primadonna Resorts Inc., taking 100 percent
ownership of New York-New York Hotel-Casino on the Las Vegas Strip and
Whiskey Pete's, Buffalo Bill's and Primm Valley Resort & Casino in Primm, NV,
2001 -- The 3 millionth marriage certificate is recorded in Clark County on February 9.
2003 -- Clark County's population reaches 1,641,529; Las Vegas' grows to 535,395.
2003 -- In April, Caesars Palace opens the Colosseum, a $95 million contemporary replica of its namesake in Rome and home to Caesars Palace's newest resident performer, Celine Dion.
2003 -- The Stratosphere releases plans for its latest thrill ride, a teeter-totter like device situated nearly 900 feet above Las Vegas Boulevard, aptly called X Scream.
2003 -- Las Vegas Premium Outlets open in downtown Las Vegas.
2003 -- The Fashion Show mall completes a $1 billion expansion, including a towering outdoor multimedia platform called, "The Cloud."
2003 -- Mandalay Bay opens new 1,120-suite tower, The Hotel.
2004 -- Harrah's Entertainment purchases Binion's Horseshoe.
2004 -- Mergers abound in Las Vegas. MGM MIRAGE announces plans to purchase the Mandalay Resort Group. One month later, Harrah's Entertainment announces its plans to purchase Caesars Entertainment.
2004 -- The Strip dims its lights for President Ronald Reagan's passing. Other dignitaries to receive such a remembrance upon their passing have included President John F. Kennedy; Rat Pack members Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin; and George Burns.
2004 -- The Las Vegas Monorail, a $654 million mass transit system, opens to the public.
2004 -- Las Vegas Sands releases new details about its planned $1.6 billion Palazzo casino resort on the Strip.
2005 -- Las Vegas celebrates is Centennial year throughout 2005, beginning with the New Year's fireworks display. Las Vegas will celebrate its 100th birthday on May 15, 2005, with the world's largest birthday cake and a recreation of the 1905 land auction that started the Las Vegas community as we know it today.
2005 -- Visitor volume for 2004 breaks tourism records with 37.4 million.
2005 -- Riviera Celebrates 50 Years
2005 -- Wynn Las Vegas, the destination's newest megaresort, opens April 28, 2005. At $2.7 billion, the resort becomes the most expensive hotel and casino in the world.
2005 -- "Condomania" hits Las Vegas. A multitude of developers ranging from Donald Trump to MGM MIRAGE announce plans for high-rise luxury condominium projects. By 2010, 10,000 to 15,000 condominium-hotel units are expected to be added to the current room inventory.
2005 -- Las Vegas Sands breaks ground for The Palazzo, a $1.6 billion, 3,000-room resort adjacent to The Venetian.
2005 -- MGM MIRAGE announces Project CityCenter, an "urban metropolis" with 4,000 hotel rooms and 1,650 condominium units. Project CityCenter will cost nearly $5 billion, making it the largest privately funded project in the United States.
2005 -- Houston-based Landry's Restaurants takes over downtown's largest casino, the Golden Nugget.
2005 -- The National Basketball Association selects Las Vegas as the host for the 2007 All-Star game. This will be the first time this high-profile sporting event is held in a city without an NBA team.
2005 -- Megamergers galore in 2005. In June, MGM MIRAGE and Mandalay Resort Group complete its $7.9 billion merger. One month later, Harrah's Entertainment buys Caesars Entertainment for $9.4 billion, making it the largest casino company.
2005 -- The destination's tagline, "What Happens Here, Stays Here" firmly cements itself into the American lexicon. The wildly popular phrase is included in countless television shows such as First Lady Laura Bush's interview on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and Billy Crystal's opening monologue during "The Academy Awards."
2006 -- Boyd Gaming Corp. announces Echelon Place, a $4 billion development project. The 5,300-room resort will be located on the 63-acre site now occupied by the Stardust.
2006 -- The Castaways, the property formerly known as The Showboat, is imploded. Within 18 seconds, the 19-story hotel is reduced to a 20,000-ton pile of rubble.
2006 -- Cirque du Soleil opens its fifth resident show, ' Love' at The Mirage, replacing long-time Las Vegas magicians, Siegfried & Roy. The show is based on The Beatles music.
2006 -- Nevada celebrates 75 years of legalized gaming.
2006 -- Red Rock Resort Casino Spa, the newest property from Station Casinos, opens. The property is the first billion-dollar resort to be built off the Las Vegas Strip.
2006 -- Fantasy Suites opens at The Palms Casino Resort. Located on the tower's 25th and 26th floors, the Fantasy Suites take the themed hotel room to exotic extremes.
2006 -- Palms Casino Resort breaks ground on Palms Place Condominium, Hotel and Spa.
2006 -- McCarran Airport ranked fifth busiest passenger airport according to the Airports Council International North America's annual traffic ranking.
2006 -- Morgans Hotel Group selects Golden Gaming to operate the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino properties.
2006 -- Hooters Hotel and Casino Opens in Las Vegas.
2006 -- Lady Luck Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas closes for renovation.
2006 -- Nevada becomes #1 in restaurant growth. The National Restaurant Association report shows that Nevada's restaurant industry is growing faster than anywhere else in the country.
2006 -- Wynn Resorts breaks ground on Encore.
2007 -- NBA All-Star 2007 comes to Las Vegas. For the first time in history, the NBA All-Star game is played in a city without a resident NBA team.
2007 -- MGM MIRAGE's CityCenter releases residences for purchase.
2007 -- Monty Python's Spamalot debuts at Wynn Las Vegas.
2007 -- The Producers debuts at Paris Las Vegas.
2007 -- Fremont East Entertainment District Improvement Project celebrates its groundbreaking to revitalize Downtown.
2007 -- Grand Canyon Skywalk Opens. This modern-day marvel becomes the first-ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon's floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon's rim.
2007 -- The Aladdin Casino Resort transforms into Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Desert Passage Shops become Miracle Mile Shops.
2007 -- Cirque du Soleil announces its seventh resident production show featuring renowned illusionist Criss Angel.
2007 -- MGM Grand's The Signature completes third and final tower.
2007 -- The Las Vegas Springs Preserve opens to the public. This 180-acre, cultural and historic attraction, considered the "birthplace" of Las Vegas, features museums, galleries, the future Nevada State Museum and more.
2007 -- Las Vegas hosts first MTV Video Music Awards at The Palms Casino Resort.
2007 -- Harrah's Entertainment announces $1 billion expansion of Caesars Palace including a new Octavius Tower.
2007 -- Luxor unveils renovation plans.
2007 -- FIBA Americas Championship is held in Las Vegas for the first time.
2007 -- Harrah's Entertainment and AEG announce plans for a 20,000-seat, state-of-the-art sports arena.
2007 -- The Frontier Hotel & Casino is imploded to make room for a multi-billion dollar project from the Elad Group modeled after New York's The Plaza Hotel.
2007 -- Michelin unveils first-ever restaurant and hotel selections for Las Vegas. One of only four U.S. cities to be written up by this guide, Las Vegas joins New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008 features 127 restaurants and 30 hotels.
2007 -- Plans and details announced for Anthony Marnell's The M Resort, Spa and Casino.
2007 -- Neon Museum begins the reassembly of the historic La Concha Motel lobby at the site of the Neon Boneyard. The La Concha will serve as part of a permanent museum building for the non-restored historic signs.
2007 -- Town Square Las Vegas, a new retail, dining and entertainment project, opens on South Las Vegas Boulevard.