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US: SXSW’s Comedy Lineup, a Cherry Blossom Pedicab Tour, MGM’s New Responsible Gambling Initiatives and More

AUSTIN: South by Southwest has unveiled the initial comedy lineup for its upcoming hybrid festival, which will take place March 11-20. For the first time since 2019, the festival will feature in-person stand-up showcases, podcast tapings, improv performances, conversations and more. Performers will include Dulcè Sloan, Ricky Velez, John Cleese and many more.

LAS VEGAS: MGM Resorts International and BetMGM have announced a new initiative surrounding responsible gaming. MGM Resorts’ casino floors now feature a variety of slot machines with QR codes that offer access to responsible gaming information and educational materials from GameSense. MGM Resorts also recently added GameSense signage displayed in prominent areas and has trained more than 180 GameSense advisors to staff MGM casinos.

LOS ANGELES: The Wayfarer DTLA, a Pacifica Hotels property, has appointed Carl Hubbard as general manager of the flagship boutique hotel. The property has several spaces for private events, including a rooftop that holds 195, a kitchen that holds 20 for cooking demos, an underground parlor that holds 90 and a stylish social club that holds 120. 

Torrance, Calif.-based tent manufacturer Aztec Tents has launched a long-term campaign to increase its production capacity in all departments. The company recently launched a third production line in the fabric production division to aid with the growing demand. This was achieved by repurposing the existing warehousing space and outfitting it with the necessary operational equipment to run independently of the main vinyl production floor. The additional space will increase overall production capacity and also rebuild stock of some of its core products. 

WASHINGTON, DC: Destination management company Beyond Times Square will launch its Cherry Blossom Festival Limo Pedicab Tour this spring. During the three-hour, customizable tour, guests will be chauffeured around the city in a private limo coach pedicab, taking in both the National Mall and the Tidal Basin. An expert tour guide will give a history of the cherry blossoms, as well as D.C.’s most famous memorials, monuments and other points of interest. 

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