Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: April 1, 2008

THE LAS VEGAS CONVENTION AND VISITORS AUTHORITY is partnering with national travel wholesalers to offer a springtime promotion for travel agents called Cash in on Vegas. From April 1 to 30, travel agents who sell a minimum of five air-land packages to Las Vegas for travel during the months of April, May and June, will qualify for the chance to win cash gift cards valued at $100, $250 and $500. Twelve grand prize winners will each get $1,000. Contest entries are based on the number of room nights booked in Las Vegas, so the more room nights an agent books, the more chances he or she has to win. Winners will be selected through the wholesale partners and prizes will be awarded after travel has been completed.

AS PART OF the LVCVA's newly launched "Vegas Right Now" advertising and marketing campaign, the LVCVA has partnered with companies throughout Las Vegas to expand the number of commissionable opportunities in Las Vegas. Commissionable items include spas, shows, attractions, dining, weddings, tours, transportation and VIP services. For more information, visit the Travel Trade section of, and click on "Commissionable Vegas."

AIR PASSENGER TRAFFIC was up 3.4% at McCarran International Airport in February compared with February 2007, according to a report from the Clark County Department of Aviation. The growth comes on the heels of uncharacteristic declines in passenger numbers over the previous three months. But the February numbers may have been helped by the fact that February had 29 days this year. Without the extra day, the February number may have been down by as much as 0.2%.  Airlines with the greatest increases in February traffic were AirTran (152.5%), ATA (87.3%), Alaska (30.9%), Aloha (19.6%), JetBlue (19.5%), Midwest (18.1%) and Delta (16.5%). Airlines with the biggest drops were US Airways (19.3%), United (5.2%) and Spirit (4.4%).

THE RIO All-Suite Hotel & Casino opened its Village Seafood Buffet. The new buffet promises to be one of the largest seafood buyers in the world, serving more than 200 tons of fresh seafood annually. In addition to North American cooking styles, chef Richard Leggett promises flavors from the Mediterranean, the Pacific Rim, Mexico and South America.

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine
(650) 348-1752
[email protected] 
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