Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: May 24, 2005

THE LAS VEGAS CONVENTION AND VISITORS AUTHORITY begins its inaugural trade mission to Beijing and Shanghai on May 24. The mission, aimed at attracting new Chinese attendees and international media attention to Las Vegas-based trade shows, starts with a welcome reception at the St. Regis Hotel in Beijing. Tomorrow, a news conference and luncheon are on tap for the Chinese consumer and trade press. Also tomorrow, representatives from the trade shows and exhibition companies are scheduled to meet with various business organizations. On May 26 and 27, participants will make sales calls and hold one-on-one meetings with local organizations and associations to discuss how to increase Chinese attendance at Las Vegas-based trade shows. After traveling to Shanghais Portman Ritz-Carlton, trade show executives will follow a similar schedule from May 30 through June 3. Trade mission participants include the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association, ConExpo-CON/AGG & IFPE (a construction industry trade show), the International Consumer Electronics Show, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Questex, Reed Exhibitions North America and U.S. Commercial Service. 

CITING MINOR CONSTRUCTION DELAYS, the owners of the Rainbow Bar & Grill, originally set to open across from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino over Memorial Day weekend, have postponed the debut of the rock n roll-themed bar and restaurant until early next month. As of press time, an exact date had not been announced.

FROM MAY 29 THROUGH JUNE 1, the Imperial Palace will be home to a host of famous faces as the fifth annual Celebrity Impersonators Convention comes to Las Vegas. Considered the premier gathering for tribute artists, the convention features meetings with talent agents, entertainment directors and make-up professionals. The event culminates with a performance in front of talent buyers and agents starting at noon May 31 in the Imperial Palace Theater. Tickets to the show, which is open to the public, are priced at $11 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit www.celebrityimpersonatorconventions.com. To contact the property, call (702) 794-3114.

BEAULIEU VINEYARD IN RUTHERFORD, CALIF., the official winery of the Las Vegas centennial, will launch the BV Vineyard to Vegas tour on May 26. The winerys tour bus will follow the 10-city Road to Vegas Collective Soul concert route, traveling to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington. Along the way, spectators can see the BV Big Bottle, a 27-liter ambassador bottle of Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon the largest ever made which local dignitaries in each city will be invited to sign. Both the bus and bottle will arrive in Las Vegas on July 2 in time for the Las Vegas 100th Birthday Bash. For more information about the BV Vineyard to Vegas Tour or to view the BV Big Bottle, visit www.BvinVegas.com. For more about the Road to Vegas concert series, log on to www.roadtovegas100.com.

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