Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: June 7, 2005

LOEWS HOTELS will build its first Nevada property at the Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson. The 400-room hotel will have 40 suites, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants, a lobby bar, a pool bar, two, outdoor pools with whirlpools, pool cabanas, a kids club, a 20,000-square-foot spa and an exhibit center. The grand opening is slated for 2008.

THE RAINBOW BAR & GRILL, a rock n roll-themed bar and restaurant based on the landmark Hollywood venue, opened its doors late last week across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The 7,500-square-foot eatery, which sports red leather booths and rock memorabilia on its walls, features a full-service bar, two dining rooms with plasma TVs, an outside patio and a main lounge for live entertainment.

THEY DONT CALL Las Vegas the wedding capital of the world for nothing. Once Upon 100 Weddings, the product of a partnership between the Centennial Committee and Southwest Airlines, will feature 100 couples who will tie the knot under the canopy of the Fremont Street Experience on June 9 as part of the citys ongoing centennial celebration. Each couple is the recipient of a four-day wedding package that includes roundtrip air, hotel accommodations at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, wedding nuptials, bachelor and bachelorette parties and wedding gifts provided by local retailers.   

THE CINEVEGAS film festival will be held June 10 through 18 at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres. Besides the usual workshops and film screenings, festivities will include an outdoor Viva Las Vegas party at the Palms Skin Pool Lounge and a sidebar series of Las Vegas movies that honors the impact the city has had on the movie industry during its 100 years of existence. For more information and tickets, call (702) 992-7979 or visit www.cinevegas.com.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES VACATIONS is offering savings of up to $100 per reservation when an air-hotel vacation package is booked at www.vaxvacationaccess.com with a hotel stay at Bellagio, the Mirage, MGM Grand, Treasure Island or New York-New York. The discount applies to reservations made by June 16 for travel June 13 through Sept. 30. For trips in September, travelers save $100 per reservation; for August trips, the discount is $75 per reservation; July, $50; and June, $25. For more information, visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

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