Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: Aug. 24, 2004

HOOTERS HOTEL TAKES WING: Hotel San Remo officials signed a management agreement with Clearwater, Fla.-based Hooters Management Corp. to rebrand the 711-room, off-Strip casino property and create the first Hooters Casino Hotel. The property, located on East Tropicana Boulevard, will remain open during construction, which is expected to begin later this year; a grand opening is planned for late 2005. The Hooters hotel will feature the companys signature Hooters restaurant -- famous for its chicken wings and its Hooters Girls -- as well as Pete & Shortys Tavern, Book and Bar and Dan Marinos Fine Food and Spirits, a Florida-based chain owned by the former Miami Dolphins football star. The resorts pool area also will be expanded to include a Hooters Beach Club and will feature a new tropical theme.    

FLOWER POWER: The Westin Casuarina Hotel & Spa Las Vegas, which debuted last November, has opened a 10,000-square-foot spa and fitness facility. The Hibiscus Spa features 15 treatment rooms, a relaxation room, a retail center and a fitness area, called WestinWorkout, that offers LifeFitness and Precor exercise equipment. To celebrate the spa opening, the property is offering a spa package starting at $185, single, and $280, double, on weekdays; on weekends, package prices start at $283, single, and $399, double. The cost includes deluxe room accommodations for one night, a gift (choice of a candle, eye pillow or bath salts), buffet breakfast, 50-minute spa treatment, spa access and turndown service. Additional nights are priced at $89, weekdays, and $129, weekends. For more information or to book, phone (702) 836-9775.

ALL WIRED UP: When the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel opens early next year, add it to the list of city hotels that offer their guests wireless Internet access. Thanks to StayOnline, an Atlanta-based provider of such services, the meetings and convention hotel located adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center will feature the wireless option as well as wired high-speed Internet access.

NEW MEETINGS SITE: The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino launched www.riomeetings.com, a Web site dedicated to meetings planners. The site features such information as meetings space diagrams, photos of guest rooms, maps of the property -- even instructions for shipping packages to a meeting. 

BY THE NUMBERS: Since it began operating on July 15, the Robert N. Broadbent Las Vegas Monorail has averaged 30,811 passengers per day, according to monorail officials. And in its first 17 days of operation, through the end of July, the monorail carried 523,794 riders and took in nearly $1.6 million in revenue. Monorail officials plan to release August ridership information in mid-September.

CORRECTION: Elvis Presley is not among the Casino Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana Resort & Casino, as was incorrectly stated in the Aug. 17 issue of the Las Vegas E-letter. 

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