Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Jan. 8, 2008

TICKETS are now on sale for a star-studded concert to celebrate the grand opening of the $1.8 billion, 3,000-room Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino. The Jan. 19 concert will be hosted by comedian Wayne Brady and will feature performances from Diana Ross, Andy Garcia and the Cineson All Stars, the Las Vegas cast of "Jersey Boys" and surprise guests. A limited number of tickets are available by calling (702) 414-9000 or by visiting

THE BELLAGIO Gallery of Fine Art will launch a new exhibit on Feb. 8 entitled "American Modernism." The exhibit, to run through Oct. 15, was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and promises works from modernists including Georgia O'Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley and Arshile Gorky. For more information or tickets, call (702) 693-7871 or visit

VISITORS TO LAS VEGAS departing on Delta, US Airways, United and Southwest can now check their bags at several locations along the Strip, thanks to the Airport SpeedCheck Advance program at McCarran International Airport. For a $20 fee, travelers flying participating airlines can check baggage at one of four off-airport locations: the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Luxor Las Vegas and the McCarran Rent-A-Car Center. Bags are transported to the airport, screened by the Transportation Security Administration and loaded onto the passenger's aircraft. Passengers not checking bags can check in for flights at those locations free of charge. McCarran officials said they expected more airlines to join the program soon and hoped that eventually 10% of all outbound baggage would be checked at off-airport locations.

TRAVELERS planning to visit Las Vegas between Jan. 13 and March 29 can save $75 per reservation when they book a Southwest Airlines Vacation package of three or more nights at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on or before Jan. 10. Packages include roundtrip air via Southwest; three-night hotel accommodation; room taxes; a credit for Rapid Rewards, Southwest's frequent flyer program; and 24-hour traveler assistance. For more information, call (800) 423-5683 or visit

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

[email protected]

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