MISS M, Bette Midler, will be filling the spot vacated by
Celine Dion when Dion's long Las Vegas run concludes at the end of
this year, Caesars Palace has said. Midler has signed a two-year
deal to become the new resident artist at the Colosseum at Caesars
Palace. The new show, scheduled to premiere on Feb. 20, promises
showgirls, comedy, a catalogue of American standards and Midler's
famous "Kiss My Brass" band. Midler will perform approximately 100
shows a year, five nights a week; shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
for performances from Feb. 20 through March 9 are on sale now. For
more information, call (877) 723-8836 or visit http://bette.aeglive.com.
VEGAS Convention and Visitors Authority has approved an
$890 million full facility makeover for the 48-year-old Las Vegas
Convention Center, to be completed by the end of 2010. The
Enhancement Program calls for the addition of a new Metropolitan
Police substation and a Clark County fire station, making the
Convention Center the only meetings facility in the U.S. with
police and fire units on site. Other planned enhancements are a new
grand lobby, improved signage, a new meeting room concourse,
updated technology and electrical infrastructure and aesthetic
enhancements throughout. This marks the first time the facility has
received a full enhancement.
AGENTS booking air/land packages to Las Vegas between now
and the end of May, for travel during the months of July and
August, will be eligible for more than $30,000 in prizes in the Las
Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's "Las Vegas Summer Getaway
Giveaway" promotion. Prizes up for grabs include 42-inch plasma
televisions, Bose Wave radios, iPod Nanos and gift certificates.
Entries are based on the number of room nights, the LVCVA said, "so
the more nights that are booked ... the more chances to win." For
more information, including a list of participating national
wholesale travel partners, call (877) 847-4858 or visit www.lvcva.com.
ARTIST JEWEL will perform June 9 for the grand opening of
the $250 million Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Located only three
miles from the Las Vegas Strip, the innovative, 180-acre park is
dedicated to showcasing the natural and cultural history of Las
Vegas while encouraging a dialogue on "green" building and
sustainable living. Interactive museum exhibits examine the lives
of Las Vegas's earliest inhabitants, the unique geologic features
of the desert and local wildlife. The Preserve's Sustainability
Gallery includes hands-on experiments designed to help visitors
realize how day-to-day consumer decisions impact the environment.
Outdoor areas of the park include a 2,000-seat, open-air
amphitheater, an eight-acre desert botanical garden, interpretive
walking trails and a recreated desert wetlands environment. For
more information, call (702) 822-8344 or visit www.springspreserve.org.
Editor: Dean Blaine
Phone: (650) 348-1752
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