Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: January 24, 2006

OFFICIALS BROKE GROUND Thursday on Planet Hollywood Towers by Westgate, a 50-story luxury vacation ownership and condominium property that will be directly connected to the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino complex. The $750 million development, slated for completion next year, will include more than 1,200 units ranging in size from one to four bedrooms. In addition, the top four stories of the tower will feature 28 luxury condominiums ranging in size from 4,000 to 10,000 square feet. The tower also will include a 14,000 square-foot lobby, 35,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, 16,000 square feet of dining space, a 3,100 square-foot fitness center, a 40,000 square-foot elevated outdoor recreational pool area and a penthouse pool on the 46th floor.

THERE'S NO WORD yet on what Station Casinos plans to do with the 26-acre site on Fremont Street where the Castaways once stood. Station Casinos, which imploded the 52-year-old casino property earlier this month, purchased the property a little more than a year ago for $33 million. The Castaways was formerly the Showboat Hotel Casino & Bowling Center.

THE RITZ CARLTON, Lake Las Vegas has combined romance with the love of the open road with the Red Rock & Roll package, which is available Feb. 10 through 15. The package, which must be booked at least one week in advance, includes a two-night stay in an executive suite, breakfast for two both mornings, a welcome gift of champagne and red roses, two-day rental of his and hers Harley-Davidson motorcycles, transfers to and from the hotel and a bike ride and picnic at Red Rock Canyon led by the resort's own Harley-riding executive chef, Stephen Marshall. The cost of the plan is $3,200 plus tax, and guests must have driver's licenses valid for motorcycle use. To book, or for more information, call (800) 241-3333 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

THE IMPERIAL PALACE Hotel & Casino, home of the "Legends in Concert" show, kicks off the third year of its "Be a Legend" karaoke contest Feb. 16 at Tequila Joe's. The competition draws celebrity impersonators from across the country who vie for an audition with Imperial's 23-year-old "Legends" production. The quarterly event, which is free and open to the public, also will be held on May 18, Aug. 17 and Nov. 16. An entry form and contest rules can be obtained at www.imperialpalace.com, through the links "be entertained" and then "TJ's-karaoke."

TICKETS are on sale for the award-winning Broadway musical "Hairspray," which will debut next month at The Luxor. Preview performances are Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 and Feb. 9 through Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., with additional shows at 10 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 12. Regularly scheduled performances will begin Feb. 17. The show will be dark on Wednesdays. Tickets for preview performances are $50; regularly scheduled shows start at $65. To reserve, call (800) 557-7428 or (702) 262-4000 or log on to www.luxor.com.      

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