Hotel veteran to lead Fontainebleau Las Vegas

Longtime resort govt Cliff Atkinson has been named president of Fontainebleau Las Vegas because the resort mission strikes closer to its lengthy-awaited opening subsequent year.

Atkinson, who assumed the novel feature ultimate week, has a lengthy resume as a resort govt in New York, San Francisco, and, for almost the final note decade, Las Vegas. His most most contemporary feature on the Strip became as soon as because the president and chief working officer of Luxor.

“When we position out to title a visionary chief for our subsequent-know-how luxurious resort, Cliff’s recordsdata and relevant fingers-on intention and journey, coupled with the perspective won from almost 30 years in hospitality, made him the unequivocal selection for Fontainebleau Las Vegas,” Fontainebleau Pattern Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Soffer acknowledged in a observation included with the announcement. “With Cliff guiding our crew, we transfer forward with even higher self perception and belief in our vision for the style forward for the Fontainebleau price and Las Vegas.”

Soffer’s company first broke ground on the Fontainebleau in Las Vegas in 2007. Nonetheless the economy tumbled quickly after amid the precise property market collapse, and the unfinished resort went bankrupt in 2009 earlier than changing possession multiple cases over the next decade. Closing year, Soffer’s company partnered with Kansas conglomerate Koch Industries to intention the mission as soon as again, bringing the lengthy-stalled mission paunchy circle.

Atkinson, 47, acknowledged the history of the Fontainebleau property is now not lost on him.

“I’ve been in the community. I’ve watched it, watched it commerce,” Atkinson acknowledged in an interview Monday. “It’s a elephantine story about now not handiest how the metropolis reinvents itself, but also a particular person property like this.”

Atkinson describes his vision for the property as about handing over an “unparalleled provider journey,” one that brings “luxurious without stuffiness.”

Forward of his time at Luxor, Atkinson became as soon as the senior vp of resort approach for MGM Hotels International. He has also worked because the frequent manager for Mandarin Oriental Lodge Crew in Las Vegas and San Francisco, as effectively as for Gramercy Park Lodge in New York. These experiences gave Atkinson an appreciation “for how particular this metropolis basically is,” he acknowledged.

Atkinson’s necessary focal level out of the gate is striking together the most attention-grabbing crew that you doubtless can factor in and then working toward constructing out the comfort of the resort’s crew, he acknowledged. The company has acknowledged beforehand that the resort will increase 6,000 eternal jobs as soon as full.

The 67-ground Fontainebleau Las Vegas can have bigger than 3,700 rooms and is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2023.

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