Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Dec. 25, 2007

THE GOLDEN NUGGET HOTEL & CASINO in downtown Las Vegas has completed a $60 million expansion. The hotel's latest addition includes an events center, an expanded gaming floor, a new sushi restaurant and a new nightclub called Gold Diggers, which boasts a 180-degree balcony with views of Fremont Street, the Fremont Street Experience and the First Street outdoor performance stage.

THE MIRAGE, meanwhile, has announced plans to launch a $110 million room redesign in early 2008. New design plans for Deluxe and Tower Deluxe rooms include "a neutral color palette accented with vibrant pops of color, cool metals and warm woods." Rooms will feature one of four color schemes: ruby, orange, saffron or mulberry. New amenities include pillow-top mattresses, down comforters, 42-inch LCD televisions and iPod/MP3-compatible clock radios. Deluxe King and Queen accommodations promise more subdued colors: whites, browns and tans, and additional amenities like fully stocked minibars and flat-screen, wall-mounted televisions.

AAA has released its 2007 list of coveted Four Diamond awards for the Las Vegas area, and the group has grown to include four new restaurants and three new hotels. New restaurants on the list are Ciera Steak & Chophouse, Marssa, Mix and Stripsteak. New hotels to make the list are Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas and the Signature at MGM Grand. That brings the number of Four Diamond-rated properties in Nevada to 21, and the number of Four Diamond restaurants to 31. Zagat, meanwhile, has released its latest guide to Las Vegas, "The Best of Las Vegas 2008 Guide." Top hotels, restaurants, attractions and more were selected based on a survey of 5,279 participants, who chose the Four Seasons, Bellagio, Wynn, Venetian and Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas as the top hotels.

AGENTS AND MEETINGS PLANNERS can now book groups to Las Vegas a little easier thanks to the new Group Booking RFP from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The form is available at www.lvcva.com/meetings/rfp. Enter your group information, and it is submitted to Las Vegas hotels and venues, who respond with offers and quotes.

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

[email protected]

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