LODGING / 1950-1969



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Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas
Founded in 1957
is owned and operated by Aztar (AZR)

The world-famous Tropicana Resort and Casino is located on a 34-acre site on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard (the famed Strip) and Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada. Capitalizing on its location at "The New Four Corners" of the Strip and its deep involvement in the history of Las Vegas, the property bills itself as "The Tropicana - The Way Las Vegas Was Meant to Be." The "Trop" shares The New Four Corners with the MGM Grand, Excalibur, Luxor, Monte Carlo and New York-New York megaresorts, which have among them more than 18,000 hotel rooms.

The Tropicana itself has 1,871 rooms and suites and boasts one of the world's largest indoor/outdoor swimming pools, as well as a lush five-acre tropical garden. The casino, which occupies 61,000 square feet, contains 1,333 slot machines and 35 table games. The Trop is the home of the Folies Bergere, which is the longest-running production show in Las Vegas (since 1959). The hotel has 110,000 square feet of convention and exhibit space, an array of fine restaurants, health club facilities and extensive parking.

The operating strategy at the Las Vegas Tropicana is to exploit its unique location by focusing on the mid-level gaming business generated by the 18,000-plus non-Tropicana rooms on The New Four Corners. We also market to drive-in customers from Southern California and to the convention and tour-and-travel segments.

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  Silver Slipper   Las Vegas, NV  
1952 Sahara Hotel   Las Vegas, NV www.saharavegas.com
Sand's Hotel Sheldon Adelson Las Vegas, NV  
1955 Royal Nevada   Las Vegas, NV  
  Riviera Hotel   Las Vegas, NV www.rivierahotel.com
  Moulin Rouge   Las Vegas, NV  
  Dunes   Las Vegas, NV  
1956 Hacienda Warren "Doc" Bayley Las Vegas, NV  
1957 Royal Inn Casino   Las Vegas, NV  
  Tropicana Hotel   Las Vegas, NV  
  Hyatt Hotels Hyatt R. von Dehn Los Angeles, CA www.hyatt.com
1958 Vagabond Inn   CA www.vagabondinn.com
Stardust Anthony Stralla Las Vegas, NV www.stardust.com
1960 San Souci   Las Vegas, NV  
1962 Motel 6   Santa Barbara, CA www.motel6.com
1963 Westward Ho   Las Vegas, NV  
  Magic Castle Hotel Milt Larsen Los Angeles, CA www.magiccastlehotel.com
1964 Sofitel Accor Strasbourg, France www.sofitel.com
1966 Aladdin   Las Vegas, NV www.aladdin.com
  Caesar's Palace   Las Vegas, NV www.caesars.com
1967 Novotel P. Dubrule & G. Pelisson   www.novotel.com
Bonanza Hotel   Las Vegas, NV  
1969 DoubleTree Hotels     www.doubletree.com
  Starwood Hotels     www.starwoodhotels.com

1966 Howard Hughes begins living at the Desert Inn

Also at this time in History
Other Brands: 1952- Colonel Sanders starts Kentucky Fried Chicken
  1958- Pizza Hut starts in Wichita, KS
  1962- Glen Bell opens Taco Bell in Downey, CA
Other Things: 1912- New Mexico and Arizona are admitted as states.
  1912- The Titanic sinks on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg
  1919- Dial telephones are introduced by the American Telephone and Telegraph
     Company. Telephone operators, mostly women in the workforce, protest and
     threaten to strike.

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