Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: July 5, 2005

CENTENNIAL SAVINGS: For every five inclusive Midwest Airlines Vegas Vacations booked via www.vaxvacationaccess.com by July 31, agents will earn $100 in cash. Travel must be taken by Dec. 31. The company will track reservations for agents who register by e-mail at [email protected] and include their ARC number; registration e-mail must be received by Aug. 15. In addition, Midwest Airlines Vacations is celebrating Las Vegas centennial by offering travelers savings of up to $100 per person on vacation packages as well as 100 bonus Midwest Miles for each day of the vacation. The promotional code VEGAS100 must be entered at the time of booking for this offer, which is valid for bookings made and travel taken through Aug. 8. Agents can book vacations through the VAX VacationAccess website or VAX VacationAccess technology via Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations and Vacation.com AgentNet. Midwest Airlines Vacations also is available in all four electronic reservations systems using the vendor code YXV or by calling (800) 444-4479. 

WATER WAGERS: The Tropicana Resort and Casino opened its swim-up blackjack tables for the summer season, meaning that gamblers can literally dive in to their favorite card game between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. The two tables, which can accommodate up to seven players each, are located in the indoor section of the main pool. Bets from $5 to $25 a hand are accepted, and towels are available to keep players hands and chips dry. For more information, call (702) 739-2222 or visit www.tropicanalv.com.

 

A BIG IMPRESSION: The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has teamed up with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to present what is billed as the largest Impressionist exhibition ever presented in Las Vegas. The Impressionist Landscape from Corot to Van Gogh, on display through Jan. 8, features 34 works by 16 masters of 19th-century French painting, including Camille Corot, Theodore Rousseau, Eugene Boudin, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Tickets, which are priced at $15 per person and $12 for students, Nevada residents and seniors 65 and older, can be reserved by calling (877) 957-9777 or (702) 693-7871 or visiting www.bgfa.biz or www.ticketweb.com. Audio guides, which are included in the price of admission, are available in English, French, Japanese and Spanish.

FLOWER POWER: More artwork in the form of plants and flowers is on view through Sept. 17 in the Bellagios conservatory and botanical gardens. The propertys summer display centers around patriotic imagery, including an oversize American bald eagle and a flower bed that recalls the stars and stripes. Also on view are 40-foot western cottonwood trees, a trio of arbors, a rose garden with three giant rose topiaries and several fountains.

GONE FISHING: Through Aug. 31, visitors to Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, which is celebrating its fifth birthday this summer, will receive one $5 admission ticket for each regular adult ticket purchased after 5 p.m. The attraction is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, with the last entry at 10 p.m. Tickets are priced at $15.95 for adults and $9.95 for children. For more information, call (702) 632-4555.

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