Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: October 4, 2005

ITS NOT QUITE War of the Worlds, but through Dec. 22 members of a delegation of intergalactic aliens will invade the Las Vegas monorail and ride the train that has been emblazoned with images of Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. Alien passengers will be onboard the train from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. five days a week. Monorail security guards will be on hand to encourage Earthling riders to interact with the alien passengers.

 

THE NEW WYNN LAS VEGAS RESORT will host this years Governors Conference on Tourism, which has been appropriately themed Think Big. The annual gathering, slated for Dec. 12 through 14, is billed as the states premier tourism industry event and is produced by the Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT). Speakers include Gov. Kenny Guinn and Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt, who will talk about issues that affect the states tourism industry; Roger Dow, president of the Travel Industry Association, who will address Globalization in Tourism; Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, who will speak on the state of the gaming industry; and Changjiang Yu, director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Tourism in China, where NCOT operates the only fully licensed U.S. tourism office. Room reservations at the resort can be made by calling (888) 320-9966 and referencing the Governors Conference on Tourism to obtain a special group rate of $159 per room, per night plus 9% room tax. The rate will be available until Nov. 9; after that, room reservations will be based on availability at the prevailing hotel rate. More conference information and registration are available at www.governorsconference.org. Those who register before Nov. 1st, will receive a $50 discount on the full conference fee, which is $345 per person.

THE HOTEL SAN REMO extended its Block Party Vacation Giveaway through Oct. 31. The promotion celebrates the propertys ongoing transformation into the Hooters Casino Hotel and aims to make the renovation process entertaining for guests while at the same time educating them about the property transition, which is expected to occur early next year. Guests checking into the Hotel San Remo during promotion hours (noon to 8 p.m. daily) will receive prizes and gifts at the Block Party Vacation Giveaway area located just south of the hotels front desk. Participants can spin a prize wheel and receive gifts as well as don a hard hat and construction belt to have their photograph taken in front of a mock Hooters Casino Hotel construction site complete with sawhorses, a toolbox, yellow construction cones and a Hooters Girl in construction attire. For more information, call (702) 739-9000.

THANKS TO THE NEW autumn display in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, New England has nothing on Las Vegas when it comes to fall colors. The exhibit, which can be seen through Nov. 27, features giant leaves of oak, birch, maple and chestnut as well as 50-foot Canadian white birch trees that surround an old-fashioned mill. The conservatorys east garden features a grand entrance with a 19-foot-tall topiary painting comprising approximately 50,000 plantings. The atmosphere of a brisk fall morning has been re-created as mist emanates from the conservatorys ponds. Not to be missed is the south garden with its colossal pumpkins guarded by a giant scarecrow.

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