Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Aug. 22, 2006

TO CREATE cohesiveness with the $200 million transition of the Aladdin Hotel & Casino to the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino, the adjoining Shops in Desert Passage at the Aladdin will lose its Moroccan theme and gain a new name: The Miracle Mile Shops, a nod to the 1.5 miles of retail space covered by the shopping venue. The $50 million renovation project, which began in March, will include a three-story sculptural facade element at the entrance, people-movers for better access into the mall and a new patio and terrace extending to the Strip. Inside, plans call for new flooring, brighter lighting and modernized storefronts and kiosks. In addition, the mall will get a new interactive directional system. The exterior renovations are slated to be completed by the end of this year, and the interior changes will be completed in phases through mid-2007.

RETAIL CHANGES also are afoot at the mall, which will welcome Urban Outfitters, Ben Sherman, Quiksilver, Marciano, United Colors of Benetton, Sisley, Bebe Sport and the Modern Watch Co. On the food front, the Miracle Mile Shops will add the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Trader Vic's and the Brazilian restaurant Pampas Churrascaria. For more information, including a list of stores and hours of operation, visit www.canyouhandlethismuchshopping.com.

 

MORE THAN A DOZEN nightclubs and dining venues have relocated to a new entertainment zone, called the Fremont East Entertainment District, which is adjacent to the Fremont Street Experience. They include the Beauty Bar (where patrons can get a manicure while sipping a cocktail), Brass, Celebrity, Club 217, Downtown Cocktail Room, The Griffin, Hennessey's Tavern, Hogs & Heifers, Mickie Finnz Fish House & Bar, Sidebar, Take 1 Nightclub and Triple George Grill.

ROCK 'N ROLL WINE will host the inaugural Rock 'n Roll Wine Amp'd Festival, featuring a performance by Everclear, Sept. 9 at the beach at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The festivities, slated to start at 7 p.m. and continue until 11:30 p.m., will include products from more than 35 wineries. For more information, visit www.rocknrollwine.com. Tickets are priced at $55.95 each, plus tax and fees, in advance and $65.95 each, plus tax and fees, the day of the event. They can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay box office. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

Las Vegas Editor:

Amy Baratta

Phone: (908) 879-8492

[email protected]

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