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July 01, 2010

Tropicana Las Vegas Inks Deal with Cox Business/Hospitality Network

By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor

Tropicana Las Vegas, a landmark in Las Vegas currently transforming itself, is deploying upgraded technologies from Cox (News - Alert) Business / Hospitality Network that will deliver free-to-guest cable television, video-on-demand services and wireless Internet connectivity to 1,658 guest rooms.
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and wireless services over its own nationwide IP network. Hospitality Network is an affiliate of Cox Communications Las Vegas, and has been offering video-on-demand, high-definition, digital cable and interactive television services as well as wired and wireless data solutions.
Established in 1957, Tropicana Las Vegas has scheduled to complete its renovations by 2010.
“The guest room technologies we’re deploying at the Tropicana will be on par with many of the other major properties found along Las Vegas Boulevard. And when it comes to accessing the Internet, the wireless infrastructure we’re building here will now allow users to get to their virtual destination from their room, pool or public area as fast as from anywhere else,” Mike Bolognini, vice president of Cox Business (News - Alert) and Hospitality Network-Las Vegas said.
As stated, the video on demand storage system at Tropicana Las Vegas will be upgraded from a tape-based to a digital-based system. The management believes that this higher-level technology can offer much more depth of content than the tape-based systems in addition to offering a more user friendly guest interface and is more visually appealing and intuitive than the previous system.
Moreover, the free-to-guest video offerings include 36 of the most popular news, sports and information cable television channels in standard and high definition as well as major local television networks in addition to six channels of commercial free digital music from Music Choice.
Additionally, guests can also enjoy Hollywood blockbuster and adult features as well as pay per view programming.
“At Tropicana Las Vegas, we’re changing everything,” Arik Knowles, vice president of Hotel Operations, Tropicana Las Vegas said.
“Bringing Cox Business / Hospitality Network to Tropicana helps to enhance not only our new, best-in-class rooms but also our guests’ experience,” Knowles added.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight