Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Nov. 30, 2004

STARDUST RESORT AND CASINO: The 43 Cuban dancers, singers and musicians cast members of the Havana Night Club revue who defected to the U.S. last week are still performing at the Stardust Resort and Casino, at least through Jan. 11. The production, which showcases the Cuban culture through music, song and dance, was brought to the U.S. in August with the help of illusionists Siegfried and Roy and had twice played the Stardusts Wayne Newton Theatre. The current engagement began Nov. 15, the day the groups applications for asylum were filed at the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse, and is scheduled to end in mid-January. The show is performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays with an additional show at 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets, priced at $59.95 plus tax, can be purchased at the Stardusts box office or by calling (866) 88-VEGAS. For more information, visit www.havananightclub.com or www.stardustlv.com.

NEIGHBORS: It looks like MGM-Mirages recently announced CityCenter project will be getting some company on the Strip. The firm 3700 Associates revealed plans for its $1.5 billion Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino, a mixed-use urban high-rise property that will be located on eight-and-a-half acres between the MGM-Mirage project and the Bellagio. The 4 million-square-foot development will include more than 2,400 condominium-hotel and hotel rooms, more than 150,000 square feet of convention and meetings space, a 70,000-square-foot casino, a 1,800-seat theater and more than 300,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment space. Plans call for a sales center to open in January, followed by groundbreaking within the next few months. The property is expected to debut in late 2007 or early 2008.

WESTIN CASUARINA HOTEL & SPA: The Westin Casuarina Hotel & Spa, which currently offers 10,000 square feet of meetings space, is set to more than double that when 12,000 square feet of space opens early next year. The new space, which can accommodate up to 500 people, is available for booking as early as Jan. 15 and will include 2,000 square feet of prefunction space, according to property officials.

AAA FIVE DIAMOND AWARDS: Three Las Vegas-area resorts and three restaurants were among the 85 properties and 57 restaurants nationwide that make up the list of AAA Five Diamond award winners for 2005. The distinction is nothing new for the Las Vegas honorees, all of which have received this designation before. For the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, this is the sixth year in a row. The Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, located in Henderson, now has received the award two years in a row and is the only property at Lake Las Vegas and the only one in Henderson to receive five diamonds. The Bellagio has made the list four years in a row. This is also the second consecutive year that the property has been the only one in the country to house two Five Diamond-award-winning restaurants: Picasso, which has received the distinction four times, and Le Cirque, which has been honored twice. The Mirages Renoir, which closed earlier this month, also received its fourth Five Diamond distinction.

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