Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: July 19, 2005

THE TRUMPS Donald and ex-wife Ivana were in town last week to unveil plans for their respective new development projects. The Donald led a groundbreaking ceremony with joint venture partner Phil Ruffin, owner of the New Frontier Hotel, at the site of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas. Plans call for the 2-million-square-foot tower, which will be covered in 24-carat gold glass, to be built on part of the New Frontier property directly adjacent to the Fashion Show mall and across the Strip from the Wynn Las Vegas resort and golf course. The condominium-hotel property will feature 1,282 units, including 880 studios and 352 one-bedroom suites on the 16th through 59th floors, and 50 one-, two- and three-bedroom penthouse suites, which will be located on the towers top five floors. The tower will offer 24-hour concierge and security services; a spa, fitness center and salon; a heated outdoor swimming pool and sundeck with a bar; a business center with meetings facilities; doorman and valet parking services as well as gourmet and casual dining outlets. Vegas visitors can see two model units a studio and a one-bedroom suite at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas Sales Plaza, which opened recently at 3129 Las Vegas Blvd. South on the northwest corner of the Strip and Fashion Show Lane. The $3 million facility also features a 10-foot revolving replica of the tower and other information about the property that can be obtained via audio-visual presentations, information kiosks and interactive computer monitors. Those not quite so local can call (877) 878-6711 or log on to for more details.


COINCIDENTALLY or not the same day that Trump announced details about his condominium-hotel project, his former wife Ivana took the wraps off plans for Ivana Las Vegas, a 945-unit luxury condominium project that will be located at the north end of the Strip next to the Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. At 923 feet tall, the tower, which will feature 80 stories, will be the tallest habitable residential building west of the Mississippi River. Besides its residential units, the property will offer restaurants, bars, a spa, shops, gyms and 24-hour concierge service. It is slated to open in 2008.

CAESARS PALACE will open its newest hotel tower, a 26-story, 345-foot-tall structure offering 949 guest rooms, on Aug. 8. The all-suite Augustus Tower also will include a VIP lounge, three wedding chapels with a photo studio, retail space, a spa and two restaurants -- the Augustus Café, a casual dining spot that will be open around the clock, and Guy Savoy, the namesake eatery of the acclaimed three-star Michelin chef that is slated to open later this year. The $289 million tower, which overlooks the Garden of the Gods pool complex, is the centerpiece of a $376 million property expansion that includes a $76 million addition to the resorts convention and meeting facilities

BANKWEST OF NEVADA officials announced a $1 million, three-year deal with the Las Vegas Monorail Company to install automated teller machines (ATMs) at each of the systems seven monorail stations as well as in Nextel Central, the 15,000-square-foot business and retail venue located atop the Las Vegas Convention Center state -- and to be the first local company to purchase the rights to all of the available advertising space on one of the monorails nine trains. The 134-foot-long custom-imaged monorail train, which has been dubbed Moneyrail, will be bright red and emblazoned with its name. 


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