A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Friday, August 4 to welcome a new retail plaza in Las Vegas’ Chinatown area.
In attendance was Mr. Wu, president of the new North American Shanghai Chamber of Commerce, Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown, and Congresswoman Dina Titus. Kicking off the ceremony was a spirited lion dance by the Lohan School of Shaolin.
“I’m excited to welcome Shanghai Plaza to District 1,” said Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada during the project’s revealing. The 4.3-acre, 80,000-square-feet Shanghai Plaza is being built on Spring Mountain Road at Arville Street, just eight minutes away from the Las Vegas strip, and 12 minutes away from McCarran International Airport.
Shanghai Plaza is planned to consist of four two-story buildings inspired by Shikumen, a traditional Shanghai architectural style, and will be designed by Yihong Liu & Associates, an architectural firm based in the United States.
The project’s development will be lead by Wai Tak Ng, CEO of Shanghai Huide Real Estate.
According to the project’s website, the center will introduce well-known retail shops, business offices, and gourmet Asian food.
“Las Vegas Chinatown is one of the top 10 Chinatowns in the country,” said Titus. “This newest addition will no doubt continue bringing tourists from around the world and locals to visit.”
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) recorded a visitor volume of 42.9 million in 2016. This follows a continuously upward trend from previous years.
Tourist numbers from Asia have also been seeing an increase, with Japan, China, and South Korea being the top countries of origin. The rise of Asian tourists is being encouraged by recent and upcoming Las Vegas developments meant to appeal to the demographic.
Last December 2, China’s Hainan Airlines launched the first ever-direct flight from Beijing to Las Vegas. On December 3, the nine-story Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino opened, further encouraging the Asian cultural and gaming experience. Also set to open within the next few years is the Asian-themed Resorts World Las Vegas.
According to KTNV, Shanghai Plaza is scheduled to open August of next year. It will be situated across another well-known retail center, Chinatown Plaza. (Rae Ann Varona/AJPress)