SLS Las Vegas update: New director of hotel sales hired

Work began last month to transform the Sahara into the SLS Las Vegas. A model of the property is pictured.

Work Continues on SLS Resort

Workers demolish the old porte cochere at the SLS Las Vegas resort, formerly the Sahara, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The renovated resort is expected to open in the fall of 2014. Launch slideshow »

There’s a new director of hotel sales at SLS Las Vegas, the boutique hotel under construction at the site of the former Sahara.

SBE Entertainment hired Michael Toney, who previously worked as vice president of hotel sales at Station Casinos and the Hard Rock Hotel.

“Michael’s hotel sales experience is exceptional, and we look forward to working with him as we move toward our goal of opening next year,” resort President Rob Oseland said in a statement.

SBE, owned by Los Angeles hotelier Sam Nazarian, broke ground last month on the former Sahara, which closed in 2011 after almost 60 years in operation.

Nazarian and SBE, which operates hotels in Beverly Hills and Miami, announced the opening of SLS in January 2012. The company expects to spend more than $750 million on the resort and open its doors in 2014.

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