Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Feb. 1, 2005

READY, SET, BOOK: Travelers who want to stay at Steve Wynns much-anticipated Wynn Las Vegas resort after its April 28 debut had better put the property on speed dial: The $2.7 billion hotel is now taking reservations by phone at (866) 770-7108 or (702) 770-7100. Would-be guests who have a certain date in mind for their stay or who would prefer a specific room category such as a Resort Room, Tower Suite or Parlor Suite are advised to book as early as they possibly can.

UNITED VACATIONS: Those who would rather book an air-hotel package deal with accommodations at Wynn Las Vegas may want to check into United Vacations. Packages that include accommodations in a Resort Room will be available May 1, while those that feature a stay in a Tower or Parlor Suite will be available May 13. Resort Room vacations start at $374 from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Fresno, Calif. For travelers wanting to stay in a Tower Suite, packages start at $679 from Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Parlor Suite plans start at $1,094 from Baltimore, Boston, New York, Newark and Washington. Prices are per person, double, for Monday departures June 7 through July 31 and include roundtrip air on United Airlines and a two-night hotel stay. For more information, call (800) 328-6877.

CATERING CACHE: Groups holding a meeting, conference or other event at Wynn Las Vegas will get the white-glove treatment, thanks to Marc Poidevin, the propertys newly appointed executive chef of catering and special events. Poidevin whose resume includes stints at Maxims of Paris; New Yorks Le Cirque and Tavern on the Green; and most recently Circo and Le Cirque at the Bellagio will offer a la carte dining options so diners can choose their courses individually. In addition, hors doeuvres, desserts and pastries will be freshly prepared in the resorts one-of-a-kind specialty kitchen, where servers will sport designer apparel from Giorgio Armani and tables will be set with designer china and silverware. For more information about group functions, phone (877) 770-7077 or visit

STAR STRUCK: Las Vegas Walk of Stars, a project developed in cooperation with Clark County to celebrate the citys centennial, is growing longer. Stars Nos. 2 and 3 honoring flamboyant entertainer Liberace and celebrity impersonator Frank Marino hes Joan Rivers in An Evening at La Cage at the Riviera Hotel and Casino are being installed today along Las Vegas Boulevard in front of the Riviera. They join the first star, which was installed in October and honors Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton. The stars are set in a three-foot-square slab of polished granite weighing 180 pounds and are inlaid with the recipients name and specialty. As many as 3,000 stars eventually could be installed; however, the names of 100 future honorees have just been released. The list and more information about the Walk of Stars project can be found at

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