Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: June 14, 2005

THERE STILL TIME: Through June 19, agents can earn up to $250 in cash when they book inclusive Las Vegas vacations that include at least a three-night stay at an MGM Mirage resort. Agents will earn $10 per qualifying booking for up to 25 reservations made via www.vaxvacationaccess.com for travel through Sept. 30. In addition, travelers with qualifying reservations will receive a $25 savings on their vacation. The promotional code SIZZLSUM05 must be used at time of booking. Sample prices, which include roundtrip air, a three-night stay and the $25 booking discount, run $314 per person from San Jose, Calif., via Southwest Airlines with accommodations at New York-New York; $389 per person from Dallas via AirTran Airways with a stay at the MGM Grand; and $545 per person from Baltimore via Southwest Airlines with accommodations at the Bellagio.

ON TOUR: Those who book an inclusive US Airways Vacations Las Vegas package with accommodations at an MGM Mirage resort by June 30 can take advantage of the Lucky 21 Sale. The offer features a discount of $21 per person and two Showtime Tours for the price of one, with travel taken between June 21 and Oct. 21. Participating MGM Mirage resorts include the MGM Grand, New York-New York, the Bellagio, the Mirage and TI (Treasure Island). Vacations include roundtrip air on US Airways, hotel stay, roundtrip transfers and hotel taxes and service charges. Available Showtime Tours include the City Slicker Old West Trail Ride; the Colorado River Raft Tour; the Ghost Town and Gold Mine Tour; the Hoover Dam-Lake Mead Cruise; and the Las Vegas Night on the Town Tour. The promotional code SHOWTIME must be used to take advantage of the two-for-one tour offer. To book, agents can use vendor code USV in all four GDSs or call (800) 455-0123; for groups, phone (800) 304-0114 or e-mail [email protected].

DREAM DEAL: Through June 30, Gogo Worldwide Vacations is offering Le Reve packages at the recently opened Wynn Las Vegas resort. Three-night plans, available for travel through July 31, start at $339 per person from California, $495 per person from the Midwest and $529 per person from the East Coast. Packages include roundtrip midweek air, midweek hotel accommodations and hotel taxes and two tickets to Le Reve (French for the dream). The propertys signature show, produced by Franco Dragone, is performed in the Wynn Theater, a domed venue that features retractable catwalks arching over a circular pool with 1 million gallons of water and a cast that includes 75 swimmers, acrobats and clowns. For more information, visit www.GOGOwwv.com or call (800) 229-4999.

REGISTRATION is now open for the inaugural Las Vegas Marathon, which will be run Dec. 4. A fireworks display set to Elvis Presleys rendition of Viva Las Vegas will kick off the 26.2-mile race, which is expected to attract elite athletes from around the world with its $400,000 in cash prizes and appearance fees. The event also will offer the worlds largest cash bonus $2.5 million which will be split evenly by any male and female runners who break the world record. The race will begin and end at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the official property of the event. The course will include the Strip as well as Fremont Street downtown. Finishers will receive a specially designed medal as well as a personalized certificate and official results book. Those who register before Sept. 1 also will receive a personalized bib for race day. Events leading up to race day include a marathon expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on Dec. 2 and 3 as well as a pasta party buffet the night before the race. To register, visit www.lvmarathon.com. For questions that cannot be answered by visiting the Web site, contact race director Terry Collier by phone at (702) 731-1052 or by e-mail, [email protected].      

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