Because a drayage load can mean a few different things, confusion among carriers is common. Many carriers link drayage with going into a port, but that isn't always true. While all drayage loads typically originate from a port of entry, there are often several legs of a drayage journey before a container turns up at its final stop. Legs of a drayage load may include:
You may be thinking, what's so important about drayage? It's such a small step in the container storage transport process. In reality, it's an integral piece needed in the logistics industry and a crucial part of U.S. supply chain management.
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If port drayage is compromised, it can cause delays and even fines. You know the packages you get delivered to your front door from apps like Amazon? Without drayage and drayage brokers, one or two-day shipping times wouldn't even be possible.
As a multi-billion-dollar industry in the U.S. alone, it seems like drayage shipping issues shouldn't exist. But the fact is inefficiencies and congestion are still major problems at ports. Whether it's a lack of carriers, absent chassis, or overburdened terminals, delays lead to missed deadlines, lost revenue, and worse.
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Some drayage brokers don't care how customers feel about their service as long as they sign a contract and get paid. As a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx takes the opposite approach. We're motivated by the opportunity to overachieve for our customers and to provide them with the best logistics experience possible. With professional experience as carriers and shippers ourselves, we know the roadblocks and challenges you're facing. We excel at mapping out the best plans of action to solve those problems. But that's just the start.
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As your logistics partner, we will provide your company with accurate, transparent, and prompt communication. If there are unexpected issues, we'll notify you immediately and will provide several options to remedy the problem. We even offer custom reporting for large clients who need at-the-moment updates and quick access to shipment documentation.
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Typically, shippers need four specific documents to clear shipments through customs: A Bill of Lading (or BOL), a commercial invoice, a packing list, and an arrival notice. Seasoned drayage brokers like RelyEx are used to preparing these documents, but new shippers tend to miss this step due to inexperience.
If a shipper only pays for part of their shipment, a vessel operator may refuse to release their freight until their bill is fully paid. Payment delays lead to cargo detention at the port of entry, which triggers demurrage charges.QUOTE REQUEST
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Additional causes for demurrage fees can include:
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ReactionsLike913Funny29Fire5Wow1Interesting1HENDERSON, Nev. -- Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis had given himself the NFL's Oct. 31 trade deadline as his personal deadline to decide whether to make a switch not only at head coach but at general manager.Davis ultimately fired Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler from those positions Tuesday night, less than t...
HENDERSON, Nev. -- Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis had given himself the NFL's Oct. 31 trade deadline as his personal deadline to decide whether to make a switch not only at head coach but at general manager.
Davis ultimately fired Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler from those positions Tuesday night, less than two years after he hired them away from the New England Patriots.
"Unfortunately, I had great hopes for Josh and Dave," Davis told ESPN on Wednesday. "It just seemed we were going in the wrong direction. So, with the trade deadline, I just felt it was time to make a change, time to make a move."
An embarrassing 26-14 loss on "Monday Night Football" at Detroit all but sealed the duo's fate. It came one week after the Raiders were beaten 30-12 at the Chicago Bears, falling to an undrafted Division II rookie quarterback making his first career NFL start in Tyson Bagent.
In hiring McDaniels in January 2022, Davis pointed to his success as an imaginative offensive coordinator with the Patriots and his six Super Bowl rings. But that success did not translate to the Raiders.
McDaniels oversaw some of the most embarrassing losses in franchise history. They blew a 20-point lead to the Arizona Cardinals. They lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the coaching debut of Jeff Saturday, who had no previous coaching experience beyond high school football. Their starting offense failed to cross the 50-yard line in a shutout loss at the New Orleans Saints. They lost to Baker Mayfield after he had joined the Los Angeles Rams just three days prior.
This season's losses to the Bears and Lions were the final blows.
McDaniels' purported high-powered offense, led by his personal choice at quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo and All-Pros at receiver and running back in Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs, entered the week as ranked No. 31 in total offense, in terms of average yards per game.
Davis is now going in an entirely different direction, turning to the intense Antonio Pierce as interim coach and the more laid-back Champ Kelly as interim GM.
Davis said he was "intrigued" enough by Pierce's bio -- including a nine-year NFL career at linebacker, one Pro Bowl selection and a Super Bowl title with the New York Giants -- to have a sitdown with him.
"Seemed like a fresh approach," Davis said. "Seemed like the adjustment we need at this time. I was impressed."
Davis added that he wanted Pierce to "lead, not necessarily coach. To delegate to the coordinators and other position coaches. Be somebody they could follow. I felt good about it. I felt good about him."
Quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree was promoted to offensive coordinator and playcaller.
"That's not to say I don't want him to coach now, but he understands the culture of the Raiders, and that's important to me," Davis said of Pierce. "I felt very good about it."
Davis said he chose Pierce as interim coach over "several qualified candidates" also on staff.
He was realistic when asked about his expectations for the Raiders, who are replacing the high-priced but oft-injured Garoppolo with rookie Aidan O'Connell at quarterback. The Raiders play host to the New York Giants (2-6) on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.
"I have no idea," Davis said. "That's why they play the games. My job, my role is to give them all the tools possible for them to succeed.
"Once they're the head coach and general manager, they're the ones making the decisions."
ReactionsLike78Wow1Celebrate1HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Las Vegas Raiders fired coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler late Tuesday night, less than two years after coming to Southern Nevada from New England. Linebackers coach An...
HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Las Vegas Raiders fired coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler late Tuesday night, less than two years after coming to Southern Nevada from New England. Linebackers coach Antonio Pierce was named interim coach, and Champ Kelly was promoted from assistant general manager to interim general manager.
There is no word yet on who will assume offensive playcalling duties, as that was McDaniels' job.
McDaniels was just 9-16 with the Raiders, including 3-5 this season, and he and Ziegler were at the helm for some of the most embarrassing losses in franchise history, including:
The duo of McDaniels and Ziegler took over a team that went 10-7 in 2021 and advanced to the playoffs for only the second time since 2002. While offense was supposed to be McDaniels' forte, the Raiders' offense has cratered this season. They are the No. 31-ranked total offense in the NFL in yards per game (268.3), No. 32 in rushing yards per game (70.0) and No. 30 in points scored per game (15.8).
And the move from nine-year starting quarterback Derek Carr to the oft-injured Jimmy Garoppolo has not been fortuitous, as Garoppolo has already missed 2 ½ games with a concussion and back injury yet still leads the league with nine interceptions. There has been noise the team could move on from Garoppolo, signed to a three-year, $72.75 million free-agent contract in March but coming off one of the worst statistical games of his career in Monday's loss to the Detroit Lions, in favor of rookie Aidan O'Connell.
So how did this happen, and what should we expect from the Raiders the rest of the 2023 season and beyond?
Simply put, Raiders owner Mark Davis had seen enough and realized the error of the hires. Plus, Raiders fans literally getting in his face at recent games and at the Las Vegas Aces championship parade -- Davis also owns the two-time WNBA champs -- imploring him to fire McDaniels had to make an impact.
The bye week isn't until Week 13 in December and, really, what had the Raiders put on film recently to show they were primed to turn a corner? There is talent on the roster, under-utilized talent, that could use a bump from a fiery leader like Pierce. Not unlike what the Raiders rode with Rich Bisaccia two years ago into a playoff spot. Two winnable home games are on the horizon with the New York Giants and New York Jets coming to Allegiant Stadium, so there's no time like the present to salvage a season and get back to .500, right?
The lack of a clear and successful plan, really. While few in the building were upset with moving on from Carr, especially with how he left the team after being benched with two games to go last season, signing an oft-injured Garoppolo to a big contract despite knowing he needed surgery on his left foot seemed ... desperate. Using the No. 7 overall pick on an edge rusher who was coming off surgery on his right foot in Tyree Wilson seemed similar.
Still, signing Carr to a contract extension and giving him a no-trade clause, allowing him to leave without the Raiders getting anything in return, did not sit well. Losing games by increasingly embarrassing fashion with Raiders alumni chiming in on social media was no doubt noticed. Wasting the likes of wide receivers Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow, along with running Josh Jacobs on offense -- as well as defensive end Maxx Crosby on defense -- well, that was unconscionable.
No doubt the new playcaller, whoever that is, will want to get Adams more involved. He hasn't had a TD catch since Week 3 and is coming off a 1-catch, 11-yard game at Detroit. Jacobs, the reigning NFL rushing leader, has yet to rush for 100 yards in a game this season. And Renfrow, who caught 103 passes two seasons ago, has just 10 catches on 16 targets. And if Pierce wants to go with the rookie over the beat-up Garoppolo, O'Connell will also benefit.
After the frustrating loss at the Lions, the Raiders locker room felt like a mausoleum as Adams, usually a dictionary and a thesaurus in postgame scrums, was at a loss for words. Crosby, trying to send a message to Detroit by rocking a Ron Artest Indiana Pacers throwback jersey (Malice in the Palace, anyone?), seemed, well, decidedly un-Artest and was more accepting and mellow. And the normally gregarious Jacobs was angry.
While it may not be that well-constructed, it's a top-heavy roster with frustrated and unhappy stars galore. Hitting reset now could rejuvenate that love for the game Garoppolo spoke of in his postgame presser. How that translates to on-field success remains to be seen.
Davante Adams at a loss for words after another Raiders loss
Davante Adams shares his frustration after the Raiders' 26-14 loss to the Lions on "Monday Night Football."
Let's say the Raiders catch fire and make a run to the playoffs. Pierce and Kelly should retain their jobs and have the interim tags removed. Unlikely, right? You could have said the same thing two years ago. And you could have said interim coach Rich Bisaccia and his staff, as well as then-GM Mike Mayock, deserved at least one year to show their heart-tugging run to the playoffs wasn't a fluke. And yet ... here we are.
Still, it will be interesting to see if Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh tires of his battles with the NCAA and is actually interested in Las Vegas. After all, his coaching career began with the Raiders as the QB coach in 2002.
Few, if any, teams actually ride an emotional bump to the playoffs. And yet, the Raiders showed it was possible two years ago. Look, there is still talent dotting this roster, in all three phases. If it was as simple as motivating players, Pierce should have an advantage over the grinding and oft-described manic McDaniels. Offensive playcalling is key, though. And the Raiders' upcoming two-game homestand against the Giants and Jets will tell the tale. Check back in.
ReactionsLike1.2KFunny95Celebrate51Wow19Fire14Interesting12HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Las Vegas Raiders fired coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler, the team announced Tuesday night."After much thought about what the Raiders n...
"After much thought about what the Raiders need to move forward, I have decided to part ways with Josh and Dave," owner Mark Davis said in a statement. "I want to thank them both for their hard work and wish them and their families nothing but the best."
Reached by phone and asked to elaborate on the reason for the firings, Davis told ESPN, "No comment at this time."
The Raiders named linebackers coach Antonio Pierce as their interim head coach. The team also said that current assistant general manager Champ Kelly will serve as interim GM. In announcing those promotions, the organization said it is committed to undergoing "a comprehensive search" for a head coach and general manager "once the season is complete."
Davis would not say who would take on offensive playcalling duties, as that was McDaniels' job. Phone calls to McDaniels and Ziegler were not returned.
The move comes one day after the Raiders lost 26-14 at Detroit on "Monday Night Football," Las Vegas' second consecutive defeat in which the team's offense could get no traction. The defeat dropped the Raiders' record to 3-5.
McDaniels and Ziegler, both hired in January 2022, inherited a 10-7 team that made an unexpected run to the playoffs during the 2021 season -- just the organization's second postseason bid since 2002 -- under interim coach Rich Bisaccia and then-GM Mike Mayock, who took over following the in-season resignation of coach Jon Gruden.
Davis said at the time that McDaniels and Ziegler were expected to take the team to the "next step" in its evolution. Instead, the Raiders went a combined 9-16 without a playoff appearance under the new regime.
McDaniels did not last two full seasons in his previous stop as a head coach, either, going a combined 11-17 with the Denver Broncos from 2009-10.
Davis was enamored with McDaniels' offensive system and his pedigree as a longtime offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, with whom he won six Super Bowl rings.
But the offensive success did not translate to Las Vegas, and the Raiders suffered some of the most embarrassing defeats in franchise history under the McDaniels-Ziegler duo. That included blowing a 20-0 halftime lead against Arizona for the biggest collapse in franchise history, losing to Indianapolis in the Colts' first game with Jeff Saturday as interim coach after he had never coached above the high school level, blowing a double-digit lead to Baker Mayfield and the Los Angeles Rams two days after Mayfield joined his new team, and getting shut out in New Orleans when the starting offense failed to cross the 50-yard line.
The Raiders this season moved on from nine-year starter Derek Carr, who was benched and inactive for the final two weeks of 2022. In March, they signed the oft-injured Jimmy Garoppolo -- McDaniels' former pupil in New England -- to a three-year, $72.75 million free agent contract. Shortly after signing with Las Vegas, Garoppolo underwent left foot surgery that caused him to miss the entirety of the Raiders' offseason on-field program and be on a "pitch count" in training camp.
Garoppolo has missed 2½ games this season due to a concussion and back injury and leads the NFL in interceptions with nine. He is coming off one of the worst statistical games of his career in Detroit.
The Raiders currently have just the No. 31-ranked total offense in yards per game, are No. 32 in rushing yards per game and rank No. 30 in points scored per game (15.8). All-Pros Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs have been underutilized at receiver and running back, respectively, for most of the season. Adams had one catch for 11 yards at Detroit and has not caught a TD pass since Week 3, while Jacobs, the NFL's reigning rushing leader, has yet to record a 100-yard rushing game this season, bottoming out at -2 yards in a Week 2 blowout loss at the Buffalo Bills.
Then there's former Pro Bowl slot receiver Hunter Renfrow, who caught 103 passes in 2021, but has just 10 receptions on 16 targets this season.
Pierce will be the eighth different coach, interim or regular, for the Raiders since Davis took over control of the team after the death of his father, Al Davis, in October 2011. He follows Hue Jackson, Dennis Allen, Tony Sparano, Jack Del Rio, Gruden, Bisaccia and McDaniels.
Pierce will make his NFL head-coaching debut Sunday against the 2-6 New York Giants, with whom he won a Super Bowl as a player in 2007.
The Vegas Golden Knights are No. 1 in the NHL.com weekly Super 16 power rankings for the third straight week to start the season.Vegas is the unanimous No. 1, ranked first by all 13 voters, for the second time in the three weeks the Super 16 has run since the season began.The Golden Knights have been in the top spot since the end of last season. They won the Stanley Cup last season and were, of course, the No. 1 team in the end of the season rankings. They were also No. 1 in the pre-training camp rankings that came out Aug. 31 ...
The Vegas Golden Knights are No. 1 in the NHL.com weekly Super 16 power rankings for the third straight week to start the season.
Vegas is the unanimous No. 1, ranked first by all 13 voters, for the second time in the three weeks the Super 16 has run since the season began.
The Golden Knights have been in the top spot since the end of last season. They won the Stanley Cup last season and were, of course, the No. 1 team in the end of the season rankings. They were also No. 1 in the pre-training camp rankings that came out Aug. 31 and the preseason rankings that ran Oct. 5.
Not surprisingly, with the way the Golden Knights have looked this season, there is a lot to like and nothing that jumps out that needs to be fixed. But that is not true with all the teams. In fact, some who made it into the Super 16 this week have more to fix than they'd like.
Read on for more, but as a reminder, to come up with the Super 16 each week, the voters put together their own version of what they think the rankings should look like and a point total is assigned to each, with the team selected first given 16 points, second 15, third 14, and so on.
Here is the Super 16.
Total points: 208 Last week: No. 1
"The defending Stanley Cup champions look like they're still in Stanley Cup Playoff mode the way they've started the season. Best record in the NHL, undefeated in regulation, and they rank in the top 10 in goals for and goals against. They've even shown more depth this season, surviving the absences of top-four defensemen Alex Pietrangelo, Alec Martinez and Zach Whitecloud without missing a beat. Brayden Pachal and Ben Hutton have stepped in, are averaging more than 15 minutes of ice time per game and there's been no drop-off. The schedule gets harder as November moves on, including a five-game road trip with four games in the Eastern time zone, but the Golden Knights look like they're as hungry for a second NHL championship as they were for the first one. I wouldn't look to fix anything with them right now." -- Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editor
Total points: 192 Last week: No. 3
"There's not a whole lot that needs fixing for the Bruins right now. Well, at least, there wasn't until their 3-2 overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Monday. That game cost the Bruins two of their top defensemen in Charlie McAvoy, whose hit on Panthers defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson cost him a four-game suspension, and Matt Grzelcyk, who was placed on long-term injured reserve with an upper-body injury. That's going to be tough for the Bruins, especially with their next four against heavy hitters, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars and New York Islanders. So if I could fix anything, I'd fix Grzelcyk and get him out on the ice. Other than that, the Bruins are just rolling." -- Amalie Benjamin, staff writer
Free agent Phil Kessel continues to look for a landing spot to play his 18th NHL season after going unsigned in the off-season.“I’m staying ready,” Kessel told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun in The Athletic. “I’ve been skating. In the next week, I’m going to work with a skating guy here [in Arizona]. We’re going to do individual sessions to sta...
Free agent Phil Kessel continues to look for a landing spot to play his 18th NHL season after going unsigned in the off-season.
“I’m staying ready,” Kessel told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun in The Athletic. “I’ve been skating. In the next week, I’m going to work with a skating guy here [in Arizona]. We’re going to do individual sessions to stay ready.
“Obviously, I’m a little surprised I haven’t got anything yet, but it is what it is, right?”
Kessel, 36, spent last season with the Vegas Golden Knights, winning his third Stanley Cup while sitting out the majority of the team’s playoff run.
He played out last season on a one-year, $1.5 million deal as he extended to the ironman streak to 1,064 games.
The veteran winger reiterated to LeBrun he is not concerned over seeing the streak end and added he is willing to sign with any team.
“I know I can still play and can still help,” Kessel said. “For the minutes I played last year, I thought my numbers were pretty solid, right? So I know I can help a team and contribute to a team which needs scoring.
“I think I can play pretty much up and down a lineup, because I’ve done it for a long time.”
Kessel scored 14 goals and added 22 assists in 82 games last season with Vegas. The winger appeared in four playoff games as the Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, but was a scratch for the remainder of the team's run.
Kessel currently sits 11th among active players with 992 points and 12th in goals with 413 over his 1,286 career games split between the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Arizona Coyotes and Golden Knights.
ReactionsLike1.0KFunny22Interesting6Fire5Celebrate4Wow2HENDERSON, Nev. -- It did not take long for the Las Vegas Raiders' new regime of interim general manager Champ Kelly and interim coach Antonio Pierce to put their stamp on the team.Not with Pierce announcing rookie ...
HENDERSON, Nev. -- It did not take long for the Las Vegas Raiders' new regime of interim general manager Champ Kelly and interim coach Antonio Pierce to put their stamp on the team.
"It will be Aidan, going forward," Pierce said in the introductory news conference on Wednesday. "We just feel like it gives us the best chance."
Kelly said the locker room reaction was positive to the change.
"The guys are rallying behind him," Kelly said of O'Connell. "They're excited to watch him get his opportunity. I was there as A.P. was speaking to the team and he had their eyes. There was an energy that was tangible in the room. There was a true excitement and guys are geared up to prepare for this weekend."
The Raiders (3-5) have lost two straight games in dispiriting fashion and play host to the New York Giants (2-6) Sunday at Allegiant Stadium. Pierce, promoted from linebackers coach, won a Super Bowl as a player with the Giants in the 2007 season.
Energy was evident in the near 25-minute news conference, from both the excitable Pierce and the more laid-back Kelly because a change was needed, they said, to right the culture of the team in the wake of the Tuesday night dismissals of Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler as coach and GM, respectively.
"It's a new day, it's a new chapter, it's a new era, it's a new mindset," Pierce said. "What is that mindset? It's that of Raider pride, commitment to excellence and making sure our alumni, our fan base and Raider Nation are proud of what they see on the field.
"What does that look like? Tough, passionate, effort, energy ... we're on the same page -- Champ and myself. Our staff is connected. We had a great team meeting this morning. Everybody was steely eyed and focused. We walked in with a smile on our face. The synergy, the energy in this building, is the personality of our players. We reflect on who we are as Raiders. This is a great opportunity for myself. I'm humbled. I'm honored and I don't take it lightly."
No players were made available Wednesday as the team did not practice after playing Monday night at the Detroit Lions.
The Raiders are one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL and their offense is one of the worst. Las Vegas is ranked No. 31 in total offense, despite the presence of All-Pro receiver Davante Adams, who has not caught a touchdown pass since Week 3, and All-Pro running back Josh Jacobs, who has yet to have a 100-yard rushing game.
Bo Hardegree was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator, replacing the fired Mick Lombardi, and will call plays for the first time in his coaching career.
Which raises the question -- if the offense was the problem, and it was McDaniels' scheme, what system do they run going forward?
"They know exactly the task and the plan going forward and what kind of offense we want to portray," Pierce said. "Are you going to sit there and rip up the whole playbook? No. But you better go through your key guys. I'm not a fool; I'm a player. Remember, I was a player before I was coach. It's a player-ran business."
Said Kelly: "I've had the privilege of working with Bo in three different buildings [with the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears and Raiders] now. He's not afraid of the moment, so we're confident in him. He's going to be authentically himself in this situation. So, you'll see Bo."
O'Connell, a fourth-round pick out of Purdue, started the Raiders' Week 4 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers, when Garoppolo was out with a concussion, and also came on in relief of 15-season veteran Brian Hoyer in Las Vegas' Week 7 loss at the Bears, when Garoppolo was out with a back injury.
In his limited action, O'Connell has completed 65.4% of his passes (34 of 52) for 313 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for a passer rating of 72.0 and a Total QBR of 7.6. He has also been sacked seven times and lost two of his three fumbles but is seen as having a stronger arm than either Garoppolo or Hoyer, a necessity for the vertical game missing from the Raiders playbook.
Garoppolo, meanwhile, is struggling through his worst season as a full-time starter after signing a three-year, $72.75 million free agent contract with Las Vegas in March and immediately undergoing surgery on his left foot. He is completing 65.5% of his passes (110-168) for 1,205 yards with seven touchdowns and a league-leading nine interceptions, despite missing 2½ games due to injury.
Pierce said he challenged players in the team meeting.
"We have the players in this building to win," he said. "We've just got to go do it. Enough talk. Enough sitting here and having these little cliques in the corner. That's what I told the guys. Put the goddamn pads on. Let's go out there and work tomorrow and practice and let's get to it, bottom line, and let's see where the results go on Sunday."
Pierce, who spent nine seasons in the NFL and was named to one Pro Bowl, began his coaching career at national power Long Beach (California) Poly High School in 2014 before moving on to Arizona State with Herm Edwards four years later. He joined McDaniels' staff last year, under defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.
He said he was destined to be with the Raiders, though.
"The short story, the matter of fact is, I grew up in Compton, California," Pierce said. "I was born a Raider. I was born with the Raiders rolling in the Coliseum in L.A. I was rolling with NWA, talking 'Straight Outta Compton,' rocking Raider hats. So, when the opportunity came to work with Josh and Pat Graham and Dave, I jumped on it. So that's what set me up for this. I was born this way."
As Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino turns 25 next year, the 120-acre property is slated to feel fresher than ever thanks to a massive remodel.The resort's three hotels — Mandalay Bay...
As Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino turns 25 next year, the 120-acre property is slated to feel fresher than ever thanks to a massive remodel.
The resort's three hotels — Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, and Delano Las Vegas — are upgrading the guest rooms. Four Seasons Hotel just completed a renovation of its 424 rooms, which now display cooler Earth tones and natural wood, stone, and metals. (The hotel also added an outpost of Kalologie Medspa, which features a private treatment room with services like microneedling and IV therapy.)
Mandalay Bay also updated its two-story, four-bedroom, 5,605-square-foot presidential suite. It is slated to overhaul its Delano Tower and Mandalay Bay Tower rooms in 2025 and 2026, respectively.
In the pipeline is a new adult-only mini golf experience called Swingers. According to Bowling, the 40,000-square-foot entertainment complex will have five 9-hole miniature golf courses and clubhouses throughout the space. "We think it’s going to create another level of energy and excitement for those visiting the casino," Chuck Bowling, Mandalay Bay’s President and COO, told Travel + Leisure.
As for restaurants, chef Michael Mina’s StripSteak was revamped this year. It now has a more playful menu, with dishes like caviar jelly doughnuts, Hamachi nori tacos, and prime rib cooked in duck fat. In May, Top Chef alums Michael and Bryan Voltaggio launched a culinary residency with Retro by Voltaggio where the menu features modern reinterpretations of Spaghetti O’s, pepperoni rolls, and shrimp cocktails. Los Angeles-based Sbe Entertainment also opened S Bar Las Vegas, a lounge that features heavy apps, craft cocktails, and live entertainment on select evenings.
Capping off the property’s culinary renaissance is Flanker Kitchen + Sports Bar. This brand-new venue is fast becoming one of the city’s premiere game-viewing destinations. There’s a selection of 50-plus beers on offer, a private karaoke room, a TV wall, and steakhouse-quality bites.
What's to come? Sbe Entertainment is refreshing its Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar by year-end. (T+L was told guests can expect the updated space to feature a lounge illuminated by hanging lanterns and greenery, bamboo, and an oversized bonsai tree to imbue a more intimate feel in their lower-level dining room.) Mina will soon debut an outpost of Bourbon Steak and is set to open Orla, a Mediterranean-Greek fusion concept, in January.
Also arriving in January is Wolfgang Puck's Italian trattoria Caramá featuring dishes from all across Italy. “Caramá will transform the expected into something entirely new. Guests can anticipate a culinary experience that will be nothing short of extraordinary,” Puck said in a statement obtained by T+L. “Growing up on the border of Italy, I experienced first-hand, the cuisine of all the neighboring regions, embracing their textures, sounds, smells, and flavors. Caramá will take you on such a memorable culinary journey.”
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino experienced the first of many changes this year, with many exciting developments in the works. “We believe our best days are ahead,” said Bowling.
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Kylie Minogue has arrived in Las Vegas for her first-ever Sin City residency, and while tickets are selling out online, there are still a few ways to score seats to the singer’s big show.
Minogue’s “More That Just a Residency” kicks off Nov. 3, with dates running until May 4, 2024. Taking place at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, Minogue will help christen the hotel’s new nightlife venue, Voltaire, which the property says “blurs the lines between an intimate club, concert, and non-stop entertainment venue.”
Tickets to Minogue’s Voltaire Vegas residency quickly sold out after they went on sale in early August. The intimate venue only seats 1,000 fans at a time, so fan demand has been high for Minogue’s new show. Fortunately, you can still find seats online through VividSeats, Stubhub and SeatGeek. THR readers can also take advantage of an exclusive deal at SeatGeek — use the promo code HOLLYWOOD10 for $10 off eligible purchases of $250 and up.
VividSeats.com has the most Kylie Minogue tickets available as of this writing, with seats starting at $800 (a study from Ice36 says seats to Minogue’s sold-out residency are unsurprisingly among the least affordable this year). Still, the price is down from when the show was first announced and seats were going for well over $2000.
If you’re looking for cheap or discounted Kylie Minogue tickets, you can use promo code RS2023 to save $20 off your purchase at VividSeats.com. The site also offers a rewards program where you buy ten tickets and get the eleventh ticket free.
While there are no Stubhub promo codes for Kylie Minogue tickets just yet, you can try a site like TicketNetwork.com and use the promo code TNTIX to save $10 at checkout. We also recommend searching for tickets on TicketLiquidator.com, where you can use promo code TL152023 to save 15 percent off your purchase on their site (note: all promo codes were active as of this writing).
Ticketmaster, meantime is offering a limited number of luxury packages, available through Ticketmaster Travel, that include a private table with caviar service at Minogue’s headlining show at Voltaire, plus two-night accommodations at The Venetian. The package also includes private round-trip airport transfer and a number of other exclusive benefits, like a welcome gift, a backstage tour of Voltaire and access to TAO Nightclub. Pricing starts at $3250 per person on Ticketmaster.com.
Minogue’s Vegas residency comes on the heels of her smash hit “Padam Padam,” which is the lead single from Tension, the singer’s upcoming 16th studio album, which is out now. In addition to songs from Tension, the superstar is expected to perform many of her greatest hits including “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” and “All The Lovers.”
In a new interview with Rolling Stone UK, Minogue says been thinking about doing a residency for a long time but had been waiting for the right moment in her career. “I was thinking years ago, I want to do it when I’m younger, not when I’m at the sunset of my career,” she says. But now? “I feel like a lot of good things are coming together at the same time.”
“The spirit of Voltaire is one of pure, authentic fun,” Minogue says in a press release promoting the Vegas show. “It’s one I resonate with as a pop artist. My new album Tension is all about the space where the intimate and universal come together and Voltaire represents just that.”