Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: February 28, 2006

ARIZONA CHARLIES BOULDER is undergoing an $8 million expansion project that will add 7,300 square feet of space to the property. The addition, which is scheduled to be completed by early summer, will include more gaming space to house 250 slot and video poker machines and several table games, a new front desk, an Ultimate Rewards Center, a gift shop and a porte cochere.

AGENTS can earn an American Express Gift Cheque for as much as $50 from Travel Impressions for every three-night inclusive package booked at select Las Vegas hotels through March 15 for travel through Dec. 22. In addition, agents will earn a 1% commission bonus on top of their standard commission for making the bookings via the companys Web site at www.travelimpressions.com. The bonus per booking is as follows: $50 for THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, $40 for Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and $25 each for Circus Circus, Excalibur Hotel Casino, Luxor Las Vegas, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, MGM Grand and Wynn Las Vegas. For all Las Vegas bookings that include roundtrip transfers, Travel Impressions will throw in complimentary tours to Laughlin and Primm. Each excursion includes hotel pick-up and return and a buffet lunch. For more information or to book, call (800) 284-0044.

VEGAS VISITORS who want to include the Grand Canyon on their sightseeing agendas can travel in style with Rock Star Tours of Las Vegas. The new company, which began operations this month, uses high-end motorcoaches to make the trip to the canyons southern and western rims. Each coach has a smaller front salon that seats up to 10 passengers and a rear salon that can accommodate up to 17 people. To pass the time on the road, riders can enjoy 42-inch plasma TVs, surround-sound audio system, in-motion satellite cable and movies. The tours include hotel pick-up and return, tour guides, gourmet snacks and desserts and non-alcoholic beverages.

ROCK STAR TOURS western rim excursion, for example, includes a city-slicker ranch experience at the 106,000-acre West Grand Canyon Ranch, located at the base of the western rim; helicopter tour into the canyon; optional horseback riding on the famous Mormon Trail; live Western entertainment; and a barbeque lunch. In addition, through a newly minted partnership, Showtickets.com and its parent Travelocity will offer the tour operators products on their Web sites, through their reservation center and at their retail outlets located inside select Las Vegas hotel-casino properties. For more information, call (866) 567-8687 or (702) 252-8687.

WHAT BETTER TIME to debut an Irish pub than on St. Patricks Day? The Auld Dubliner, an authentic Irish pub originally crafted in Ireland and re-built over here in the States, will open its doors March 17 at MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas. The brainchild of Limerick native David Copley, the pub will serve a variety of Irish whiskey and beer and offer a menu whose offerings were crafted from recipes belonging to Copleys mother. For more information, call (866) 564-4799 or visit www.montelagovillage.com.

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