Westgate Las Vegas lights sign off Las Vegas Strip to signal a new era

Written and photogray By Debbie Hall

The hotel and casino located at 3000 S. Paradise Road is a part of Las Vegas history and on a warm, balmy night, the resort was lighted by a new marquee with new ownership and new goals.

On Aug. 27, Westgate Las Vegas invited VIP guests, staff and media to witness the lighting of the tallest sign in Las Vegas. David Siegel, Westgate Resorts founder and CEO, addressed the crowd before brining Miss Nevada on stage to help him throw the switch.

He admitted he asked Yesco Sign what the biggest sign was and they told him it was Trump Las Vegas. He told them to increase his sign by one inch and as Siegel stated, “I have trumped Trump.”

Siegel spoke about other developers who wanted to purchase the property, close it and lay off the more than 2,000 employees while renovating it. Siegel said he was going to find a way to keep it going while making changes. He spoke of visiting the resort with his parents when it was the International and he admitted he could not afford to pay for one night. Proudly, he now can afford the all of the rooms and everything that comes with the property.

First built as the International, the property was known as the Las Vegas Hilton for decades before becoming LVH in 2012 and known as the home of Elvis including his private suite.

A small number of rooms will be sold as time shares. His 1,200-unit PH Towers Westgate at Planet Hollywood project was a casualty of the economic downturn but Siegel made it clear he wanted to be part of Las Vegas.

The area that formerly housed “Star Trek: The Experience” is gone and will be renovated into a nightclub and other changes will continue as Siegel continues with its transformation.

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