Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Sept. 19, 2006

NOV. 1 is the closing date of the 48-year-old Stardust Resort and Casino, Boyd Gaming Corp. officials said. The property will be demolished early next year to make way for the company's $4 billion Echelon Place development. As reported, that project is scheduled to be finished in 2010 and will include four hotels -- Echelon Resort; Shangri-La Hotel, Las Vegas; the Delano Hotel; and the Mondrian Hotel -- the Las Vegas ExpoCenter, a 140,000-square-foot casino and a retail promenade.

BERTOLINI'S AUTHENTIC TRATTORIA, located in The Forum Shops at Caesars, has closed temporarily to undergo a complete renovation. The restaurant will be redesigned and a mezzanine level will be added with seating that will overlook the mall's Fountain of the Gods. Officials anticipate re-opening the restaurant in late December.

CAESARS PALACE will open the 50,000 square-foot Qua Baths & Spa next month. The spa, whose name is Latin for "here," will offer Roman baths in both the men's and women's areas; an Arctic Ice Room, where guests can rejuvenate themselves in the 55-degree atmosphere after undergoing heat treatments; and the Crystal Room, which will offer customized body designs using tiny Swarovski crystals adhered to the skin. The Men's Only Zone will offer hair styling; hot-lather, straight-razor shaves; and manicures and pedicures. A 5,500-square-foot fitness center will round out the facility.

THE VENETIAN partnered with McCarran Airport to introduce Airport SpeedCheck Advance, a service that allows guests to bypass airport lines by checking their luggage and receiving their boarding passes at the property. To use the service, which is administered by Bags To Go Inc., guests take their luggage to the Airport SpeedCheck Advance kiosk, which is located in the Convention Center adjacent to the Package Center. A service fee of $20 per passenger will be charged for up to three pieces of luggage per passenger. Currently, Southwest Airlines is the only carrier in Las Vegas participating in the service, but plans to expand the service with other airlines are in the works, according to Venetian officials. For more details, visit www.venetian.com or contact Bags To Go at (954) 489-1600 or www.baggagecheckin.com.

Las Vegas Editor:

Amy Baratta

Phone: (908) 879-8492

[email protected]

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