Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Aug. 21, 2007

AIRTRAN has announced several new nonstop flights to Las Vegas. As of last week, the low-fare carrier now offers nonstop service four time a week from Bloomington/Normal, Ill.; three times a week from Rochester, N.Y.; three times a week from Dayton, Ohio; four times a week from Moline/Quad Cities, Ill.; four times a week from Flint, Mich.; three times a week from Akron/Canton, Ohio; and daily from Indianapolis. Passengers on the first flights last week were treated to live performances by an Elvis impersonator prior to boarding and during the flight and were given playing cards in honor of the new service.

FOLLOWING A TRADITION started in New York, San Francisco and Chicago, Las Vegas will hold its first Restaurant Week from Sept. 2 through 8. During the week, participating Las Vegas restaurants will offer special three-course menus for $50.07 per person. Celebrity chefs expected to participate include Tom Colicchio, Michael Mina, Bradley Ogden, Wolfgang Puck and Carla Pellegrino: Tom Colicchio will conduct a wine-pairing dinner at Craftsteak on Sept. 4, and Michael Mina will host a Michael Mina Cookbook Dinner at NOBHILL on Sept. 5. A portion of the proceeds from Restaurant Week will go to Las Vegas-based Three Square, a nonprofit organization that cooks and distributes meals to shelters, churches and social service centers. For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit www.threesquare.org.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINE VACATIONS and the new Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino have teamed up and announced a new incentive. The travel agent who books the most combined room nights at Planet Hollywood through Southwest Airlines Vacations between now and the end of August will receive a vacation package for two, including roundtrip airfare for two to Las Vegas via Southwest Airlines, a two-night stay in a Strip Suite at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, a transfer to and from the airport in a Cadillac Escalade, dinner for two at Spice Market Buffet or Planet Dailies, a $300 shopping spree at the Miracle Mile Shops and two tickets to see "Stomp Out Loud." For more information, visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com/wnv.

THE EL CORTEZ Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas has announced a $20 million renovation, to be completed by the end of 2007.  Renovations include 300 remodeled rooms; new restaurants, lounges, and nightclubs; a $500,000 air filtration system; and a new entrance featuring a classic 1940s neon sign that  showcases designs and colors nearly identical to the property's original signage. Additional renovations include remodeling the hotel's Ogden Tower to feature 100 luxury hotel rooms, a business center, a fitness center and a new swimming pool.

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

[email protected]

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