Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: Aug. 31, 2004

THE FIFTH ANNUAL LAS VEGAS ODYSSEY will be held Nov. 4 through 7 at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. The event, which celebrates fine wine, gourmet food and the arts, enables guests an opportunity to rub elbows with some of the citys best-known chefs. In fact, one new activity this year will be a celebrity chef golf tournament in which attendees will play a round of golf with a celebrity chef at the Rio Secco Golf Club. Proceeds from the Las Vegas Odyssey will benefit Keep Memory Alive, an Alzheimers support organization; the Odyssey Lifestyle Le Cordon Bleu Educational Program, a scholarship for aspiring chefs, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Tickets for individual events range in price from $150 per person to $500 per person; in addition, ticket packages are available for those wishing to attend every event. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lasvegasodyssey.com or www.odysseylifestyle.com, by phone at (877) 370-9182 or (702) 257-2345 or at the Odyssey Lifestyle headquarters, 2121 Industrial Road, Suite 215. Tickets are commissionable at 10%; for more information, agents should contact Pam Cirulli at (702) 257-2345 or [email protected].

GARY LOVEMAN, president and CEO of Harrahs Entertainment, will deliver the keynote address at the 2004 Governors Conference on Tourism, which will be held Dec. 6 through 8 at the Reno Hilton hotel-casino. Nevada: Leading the Way will be the theme of the conference, which is produced by the Nevada Commission on Tourism and is attended by travel industry professionals from the U.S. and abroad. Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, also will deliver his annual State of the Gaming Industry speech. Other orators will be motivational speaker Steve Farber; business management expert Larry Barton; philanthropist, author and entrepreneur Les Brown; nurse, comedienne and author Connie Merritt; and Punam Mathur, MGM-Mirages senior vice president for diversity and community affairs. For more details or registration information, visit www.governorsconference.org.

M ... MARIACHI PASSION & TRADITION has moved from the V Theater inside the Desert Passage to Club Tequila inside the Fiesta Rancho Hotel & Casino. Presented by Rodri Entertainment Group, the 90-minute show, which celebrates Mariachi music, includes 14 musicians and vocalists as well as a brief video montage featuring such Mariachi legends as Lola Beltran and Jose Alfredo Jimenez. The show is performed every Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $32 and $22, plus taxes; admission for children 5 and under is $5.50 plus tax. They are available at the door as well as by phone at (702) 547-5300 or online at www.stationcasinos.com.

HAVANA NIGHT CLUB -- THE SHOW, the largest production to emanate from Cuba and perform in the U.S. in more than 50 years, can be seen at the Stardust Resort and Casino through Sept. 5. The production, whose presenters and associate producers are Siegfried and Roy, features 13 musicians, eight singers and 32 dancers, who celebrate Havanas legendary nightlife. The show is performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays and 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets, priced at $49.95 plus tax, can be purchased at the resorts box office or by calling (866) 525-2077 or (866) 88-VEGAS.

AMERICA WEST AIRLINES will add service between its Las Vegas hub and 11 existing destinations beginning Oct. 31. Flights will be added to Chicago (OHare); Denver; Los Angeles; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Oakland, Orange County and San Jose, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City; Seattle/Tacoma; and Vancouver. With these new flights, the carrier will offer nonstop service from Las Vegas to 54 destinations with 133 daily departures.

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