Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Nov. 28, 2006

THE NUMBER OF AAA Five Diamond Award-winning hotels in Las Vegas has doubled from two to four with the announcement that the Skylofts at the MGM Grand and Wynn Las Vegas joined veteran winners Bellagio and Four Seasons Las Vegas as properties that have attained Five Diamond status for 2007. (The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas in nearby Henderson also received the Five Diamond distinction.) In addition, Las Vegas can lay claim to four Five Diamond-rated restaurants: Alex in Wynn Las Vegas, Joel Robuchon at The Mansion in the MGM Grand and Le Cirque and Picasso, both in the Bellagio.

MGM MIRAGE entered into an agreement to sell Primm Valley Resorts, which includes Buffalo Bill's, Primm Valley and Whiskey Pete's hotel-casinos, to Herbst Gaming, Inc., for $400 million. The deal is expected to be finalized early next year. MGM Mirage acquired the properties, located about 40 miles south of Las Vegas, in March 1999 as part of its acquisition of Primadonna Resorts, Inc. The Primm Valley Golf Club in California is not part of the transaction and will continue to be owned and operated by MGM Mirage.

US AIRWAYS will begin nonstop service between Las Vegas and West Palm Beach, Fla., starting Feb. 11. Daily flights are scheduled for Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday. For more information or to book, call (800) 428-4322 or visit

CAN WAX FIGURES get cold feet? In the Nov. 14 Las Vegas E-letter, we wrote about a celebrity wedding that wasn't. The plan at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas was to unveil a wax statue of Angelina Jolie in a marriage altar setting next to the wax Brad Pitt. But according to a press release from Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, Pitt's people got wind of the plans, and the Hollywood folks contacted the attraction and expressed disappointment at the impending event. Not wanting to offend anyone, Madame Tussauds called off the wax wedding but took the wraps off the likeness of Jolie anyway.

Las Vegas Editor:

Amy Baratta

Phone: (908) 719-3366

[email protected]

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