Jul 01, 2014 11:01
Written by Aaron Barker
Crews lower the 'L' from the iconic marquee of the LVH on July 1, 2014. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5/AP) -The "LVH" letters on the iconic marquee of the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino were removed Tuesday by the new owners of the property.
Westgate Resorts announced Monday it purchased the off-Las Vegas Strip property, formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton, and will assume ownership Tuesday.
The property was the world's largest hotel when it opened as the 1,500-room International Hotel in 1969. Barbara Streisand performed a series of concerts there before Elvis Presley began a 58-show series that broke Las Vegas attendance records.
The hotel was renamed the Las Vegas Hilton in 1971, and became the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, or LVH, in 2012
In Las Vegas, Westgate already owns the PH Towers and the Flamingo Bay Resort, which are timeshare properties.
The company also owns properties in other popular tourist locales, including Orlando, FL; Gatlinburg, TN and Myrtle Beach, SC.