Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: August 16, 2005

GARY SELESNER, who served as interim president of Caesars Palace after Mark Juliano left July 31 to become COO of Trump Entertainment Resorts, was named president of Caesars Palace. He will be responsible for the propertys day-to-day operations and will report to Tim Jenkin, president of Harrahs Western Division.


TICKETS ARE ON SALE for the sixth annual Las Vegas Odyssey, billed as a food, wine and arts lifestyle event. The Four Seasons Las Vegas will serve as the host property for the odyssey, which is scheduled for Nov. 10 through 13. The event, which will benefit Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Odyssey Foundations Le Cordon Bleu Educational Program, will feature such chefs as Josh Thomsen, Julian Serrano and Bradley Ogden and artist-in-residence Bruce Sulzberg. Individual tickets range from $75 to $500 while the Culinary and VIP Odyssey packages are priced at $965 and $1,275 per person, respectively. For more information or tickets, phone (877) 370-9182 or (702) 257-2345 or visit or Tickets also are available at the Odyssey Lifestyle headquarters, 2121 Industrial Road, Suite 215.


THROUGH SEPT. 8, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino features a summer getaway package starting at $79.95 per room, per night. Included are two-for-one raft rental at the Pool, buy-one-get-one-free breakfast at the Buffet, two-for-one admission to the Spa and a 25% discount on all active wear at the spa shop, buy-one-get-one-free tennis clinic, tiramisu or cappuccino at the Market City Caffe with the purchase of a dinner entree, a bowl of soup with the purchase of any dinner entree or California roll with the purchase or any sushi item at the Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar and kir royale with the purchase of any dinner entree at Andres French Restaurant. To book call (888) 395-0773 and request the XSUMMER package.

VISITORS TO SOUTHWEST AIRLINES VACATIONS Web site can win a Vegas VIP trip for four Sept. 12 through 15 if they enter the companys contest by Aug. 19. The vacation includes roundtrip air for four people via Southwest Airlines, a three-night stay at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino plus hotel taxes, a $1,000 gift card for the Fashion Show mall, limousine transfers to and from airport, Vegas VIP party with food and drinks, mini-Las Vegas city tour from Showtime Tours, four tickets to see the Blue Man Group at the Luxor Las Vegas, Vegas Bright Lights tour with helicopter flight over the Strip courtesy of Sundance Helicopters and admission to Studio 54 at the MGM Grand. To enter, visit

VEGAS VISITORS who want to see multiple city attractions should check out Power Pass, which provides admission to more than 20 high-volume sights such as Luxors Imax Theatre, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian and Siegfried & Roys Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage. Cardholders also do not have to stand in line to purchase tickets or gain admittance to many of the citys most popular attractions. The reusable, credit card-like pass can be purchased for one, two, three or five days of activity for as few as one person or up to an unlimited number of people. The card also provides discounts and special offers at an additional 20 venues, such as the Hard Rock Cafe and the Las Vegas Premium Outlets. A one-day pass costs $40 for a child or $62.50 for an adult. Power Pass can be purchased online through Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz or, by phone at (800) 490-9330 or through local vendors. A volume-related commission sales program also is offered for travel agents. Those interested can e-mail [email protected].


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