ZZZ - GMG - VEGAS INC 2011-2014

April 29, 2013

VEGAS INC Magazine - Latest Las Vegas business news, features and commentaries about gaming, tourism, real estate and more

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A P R I L 2 9 , 2 0 1 3 / Y O U R b u s i n e s s - t o - b u s i n e s s w e e k ly SPECIAL FOCUS HEALTH CARE This month, VEGAS INC highlights the medical community and the business of medicine. morton family has stamped its name on city's history MONA SHIELD PAYNE/SPECIAL TO VEGAS INC an ounce of prevention: "Stress relief is the No. 1 reason people go to spas," said Jennifer Lynn, spa director at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental and head of the Las Vegas Spa Association. "We think of that as a proactive, preventive way of dealing with the medical conditions that come with being overstressed and sleep deprived." BUILDING AN INDUSTRY ONE PHASE AT A TIME Medical tourism still in its infancy in Southern Nevada By Richard N. Velotta, senior staff writer W hen medical and tourism professionals from Southern Nevada got together years ago By Brock Radke staff writer Once you get past developers with neon names, it's difficult to define the people who have shaped Las Vegas. Maybe it's because the Strip changes so often, destroying, renovating and renaming. Or maybe it's because the city's visitors play such an active role in determining what comes next. That being said, it's difficult to imagine what Las Vegas would look like without Peter and Michael Morton. The brothers, who are separated by almost 20 years, laid the groundwork for the Las Vegas we see today. Peter Morton co-founded the ridiculously successful Hard Rock Cafe chain, starting in 1971 in London and expanding globally in 1982. In 1996, he sold them for $400 million; the year before, he built the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino just off the Strip on Paradise Road. "If you look at when the Hard Rock Hotel opened, it was definitely a breath of fresh air for Vegas," said David Schwartz, director of UNLV's Center for Gaming Research. "At that time, people see MORTON, page 16 INSIDE TODAY SUMMER MIGRATION | P. 6 to plot a course to bring people to Las Vegas to treat their ailments, there were plenty Canadian snowbirds fly north as tourism officials contemplate next season of skeptics. ¶ Why would anybody come to a renowned adult playground for a medi- PAYING FOR POWER | P. 7 cal procedure? Did Las Vegas really have enough quality physicians to be considered a medical tourism destination? A look at the five biggest factors affecting your power bill THE LIST | P. 22 see MEDICAL TOURISM, page 14 Convention services, by employees From the boardroom to board shorts Our version of an offsite meeting will have your employees screaming for more. Save big on your next company event with discount tickets to Nevada's premier water park. Contact us: . groupsales@wetnwildlasvegas.com (702) 979-1600 WNW_1317567_LasVegas_4-29_FrontCoverStrip.r4.indd 1 20130429_VI01_F.indd 1 ©2013 Village Roadshow Theme Park Holdings USA Inc. All rights reserved. 4/18/13 11:17 AM 4/25/13 2:12:14 PM

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