Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: October 25, 2005

HOOTERS CASINO HOTEL, which is scheduled to open early next year once its transition from the San Remo Hotel and Casino is complete, is accepting room reservations starting Feb. 13. Once finished, the property will offer 696 rooms and suites that have been redesigned with a Florida-casual atmosphere, a Dan Marinos Fine Food and Spirits, a Hooters restaurant and Porch Dogs, an indoor-outdoor club that will feature live entertainment. Room rates will start at $89 per night during weekdays and $139 on weekends. To book, phone (866) LV-HOOTS or visit www.hooterscasinohotel.com.

 

A GROUND-BREAKING ceremony is scheduled today for the $1.8 billion Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino. Plans call for the mixed-use, urban high-rise development to debut in 2008. The property will feature two high-rise hotel and condo-hotel towers (Grand Hyatt will operate the projects hotel); more than 150,000 square feet of business convention and conference space; a 75,000-square-foot casino; 300,000 square feet of retail shopping and fine-dining space; a 1,800-seat theater; a 500-seat cabaret; a 50,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center, and multiple nightclub venues, including the Cosmo Beach Club, a five-acre pool deck overlooking the Strip that will offer al fresco dining and a nightclub.

RAT PACK AND ELVIS impersonators will join Las Vegas showgirls and other entertainers at Caesars Palace on Thursday for the launch of double-decker bus service by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). The new service, known as the Deuce, features 40-foot-long buses that can accommodate 53 passengers on the upper deck and 27 passengers on the lower deck with room for 17 people to stand; there also is space for two wheelchairs. The vehicles will make a 17.25-mile loop, which includes 73 stops, along the Strip, from the South Strip Transfer Terminal at the south end of the Strip to the Downtown Transportation Center at the north end of the Strip. Tickets can be purchased on buses and, starting in December, at Deuce ticket vending machines located at each bus stop on the Strip. A day pass will cost $5, and a one-ride ticket will cost $2. Through Nov. 30, a monthly pass will cost $30. On Dec. 1, the price will increase to $40.

 

THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, in conjunction with Mayor Oscar Goodman, the Fremont Street Experience and Boyd Gaming Corp., has planned numerous events during Veterans Day weekend, which coincides with the U.S. Air Forces Aviation Nation Air Show, to help kick off Operation Welcome Home, a national, year-long celebration to publicly honor and thank the 2.7 million military personnel who served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War. From Nov. 10 through 13, a half-scale model of the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be located at Boyd Gamings Main Street Station property adjacent to the Fremont Street Experience. On Nov. 11, more than 110 entries and floats as well as 2,500 individuals, including hundreds of Vietnam veterans from almost every U.S. state, are expected to participate in the citys Veterans Day parade, one of the largest events of its kind in the U.S. During the weekend, the Fremont Street Experience also will host a free Patriot Party, which will take place under the 1,500-foot Viva Vision canopy. Headliners include Felix Cavalieres Rascals, who are scheduled to perform Nov. 11, and the Guess Who, who will take the stage Nov. 12. A light show called Above and Beyond, which is dedicated to veterans, will debut Nov. 11 on the Viva Vision screen. The centerpiece of the weekends festivities is Aviation Nation, the Nellis Air Force Base-Las Vegas Centennial Air Show, which will feature performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as well as other air and ground displays on Nov. 13 and 14. For more information, visit www.AviationNation.org.

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