Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: May 15, 2007

THE DEVINE 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.

THE LAS 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.

TRAVEL 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.

RECORDING 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.

Las Vegas Editor: Dean Blaine

Phone: (650) 348-1752

[email protected]

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