Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Feb. 6, 2007

THE SKYLOFTS AT MGM GRAND is celebrating its new AAA Five Diamond Award with a pair of two-night packages fit for royalty. For the princely sum of $20,000, the Diamonds are Forever engagement package comes complete with his and hers engraved Rolex watches, two nights in a one-bedroom Skyloft, a 16-course dinner at Joel Robuchon, VIP tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Ka, a $1,000 credit at Tabu Ultra Lounge and a $900 spa credit. The $33,000 Five Diamond Package, meanwhile, includes two nights for six people in a three-bedroom Skyloft, a dinner for six prepared in-loft by the chefs at Craftsteak, a 16-course dinner for six at Joel Robuchon, six VIP tickets to Ka, a $2,000 credit at Tabu Ultra Lounge and a $2,600 spa credit. For more information, call (877) 646-5638 or visit www.skyloftsmgmgrand.com.

LAS VEGAS has scored a slam dunk by hosting the 56th NBA All-Star Game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Feb. 18. The NBA All-Star Jam Session takes over the convention center at Mandalay Bay from Feb. 15 through 19. The Jam Session is called the largest interactive basketball theme park in the world: It encompasses more than 400,000 square feet and includes more than 10 basketball courts and 30 interactive basketball activities. Across town at the Thomas & Mack Center, Feb. 17 is NBA All-Star Saturday Night, which presents popular contests like the Three-Point Shootout and the Slam Dunk Competition. Finally, on Feb.18, the best of the NBA Eastern Conference square off against the best of the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game. For more information, call (800) 4-NBA-TIX or visit www.nba.com/jamsession.

SIN CITY on Jan 22 broke ground on the Fremont East Entertainment District. Encompassing six square blocks along Fremont Street between Las Vegas Boulevard and Sixth Street, the six month, $5.5 million project will transform a chunk of downtown Las Vegas into a pedestrian-friendly, non-gaming, entertainment zone packed with nightclubs and restaurants. The planned retro look of the district is designed to invoke vintage Las Vegas of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Scheduled improvements include neon lighted gateways; 40-foot-tall flashing neon sculptures in the medians such as a girl in a bikini, a red stiletto shoe and a giant martini; decorative signage; expanded sidewalks; landscaping; and commemorative bronze medallions embedded in the sidewalks. A retro-inspired nightclub scene has already taken hold in the new zone. For more information, visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov.

 

IN HONOR of the 2007 Chinese New Year, the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio is honoring the Year of the Boar through March 3 with a dramatic display of cultural symbols and water effects. The exhibit includes a 40-foot-tall, six-tiered pagoda that represents religious shrines of the Far East, the Bellagio said; an animatronic boar that snorts while wiggling its nose and ears; and an 18-foot-tall Chinese God of Wealth and Fortune that sits atop a mountainous pile of coins. For more information, call (702) 693-7111 or visit www.bellagio.com.

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

[email protected]

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