Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Aug. 17, 2004

THE TROPICANA RESORT & CASINO is going Wi-Fi. The property now offers high-speed Internet access in several areas of its meetings and convention facility as well as the at five-acre swimming pool complex. More information about the new Wi-Fi system can be obtained by contacting the guest services department at (800) 468-9494 or (702) 739-2305.

WHILE LOOKING TO THE FUTURE, the Tropicana also continues to acknowledge its history. The property's Casino Legends Hall of Fame will welcome Debbie Reynolds, Ben Vereen, Patti Page, Tempest Storm, Jack Jones and Sheena Easton as its newest inductees this fall. Clint Holmes, a headliner at Harrah's Las Vegas, will host the induction ceremony, which will be held Oct. 31 in the property's Tiffany Theatre. The hall of fame, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., recently unveiled exhibits honoring past inductees Elvis Presley, Liberace and singer Trini Lopez, among others.

FISH TALES: The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay launched "Tours & Tales," a monthly lecture series aimed at adults and children interested in the ocean and its animals. The program, which introduces a new topic each month, is offered the first and third Wednesday of every month; the session topic on the first Wednesday is repeated on the third Wednesday. The sessions run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and include a guided tour through Shark Reef followed by a classroom presentation from a Shark Reef staff  member. Session topics through the fall include Sharks, August; Myths and Legends, September; Nature's Best Costumes, October, and Feeding Frenzy, November. The cost is $24.95 per person and includes a souvenir photo. Reservations are required for the sessions, which are limited to 20 participants. For more information, phone (702) 632-4555.

AMERICA WEST will begin nonstop service from Las Vegas to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, respectively. Flights to Los Cabos will be offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the Puerto Vallarta service will operate Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The new service will be provided by America West Express, which is operated by subsidiary airlines of Mesa Air Group using Canadair Regional Jets. For more information or to book, call (800) 235-9292 or visit www.americawest.com or www.HPagentlink.com.

STARTING SEPT. 3, Avion Private Jet Club, a members-only private jet service that offers members access to per-person rates on chartered jet flights, will make available the opportunity for members to book weekend flights between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The flights will depart for Las Vegas at 7 p.m. Friday and return at 1 p.m. Sunday. Private car service to and from the airport is included. Avion's introductory membership initiation fees, valid through December, are $2,500 for individuals, $5,000 for families and $10,000 for corporations. Roundtrip flight rates for the new Los Angeles-Las Vegas route are $1,800 per person. For more details, phone (310) 281-4888 or log on to www.flyavion.com.

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