Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: January 31, 2006

GENERAL MOTORS WILL ROAR INTO LAS VEGAS this spring with The Drive, a hands-on driving attraction billed as an autotainment experience adjacent to the Strip. The 11-acre facility, which will be located at the corner of Paradise Road and Sahara Avenue, will offer two professionally designed driving courses -- one a high-performance loop, the other an off-road adventure over dirt terrain -- that participants can negotiate in their choice of GM vehicles. For the performance course, which will offer a half-mile paved route with jogs and turns, participants can choose to drive a Chevy Corvette, Pontiac GTO, Cadillac CTS-V, Pontiac Solstice, Cadillac STS-V or Saab 9-3 convertible. On the off-road course, which includes a tunnel, hill climb, sloped banks, moguls and other obstacles, drivers can choose the Hummer H2, Hummer H3, Chevy Silverado Diesel or the 2007 models of the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon Denali, Cadillac Escalade or Chevy Suburban. Would-be drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a valid drivers license, and on-site Breathalyzer tests also will be part of the mandatory registration process. Professional drivers, acting as passengers, will accompany each participant to help them get the most out of their driving experience. The Drive also will feature locations for spectators where they can watch drivers navigating the courses and take photos.

DURING THE TIME THAT DRIVE is open, which according to land-leasing terms between GM and the Sahara Hotel & Casino will be a minimum of six months, GM will be a marketing and advertising partner of the Las Vegas Monorail Co., lending its brand presence to the monorail station at the Sahara. That station is currently the northernmost point of the monorail system. 

AN ORANGE FIREWORKS DISPLAY at 9 p.m. this Thursday will kick off the opening of the Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas. Earlier in the evening, the 696-room property, formerly known as the San Remo hotel-casino, will welcome 40 Hooters calendar girls, NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino and model Brook Burke. Other activities planned for opening weekend include a celebrity blackjack tournament; a pool party and pig roast; and pre-Super Bowl Chalk Talk. For more information about the property or to make reservations, call (866) LVHOOTS or visit www.hooterscasinohotel.com.

THE 493-ROOM HYATT REGENCY Lake Las Vegas Resort is getting a $4 million face-lift. When the project is completed, all of the propertys guest rooms will feature new furniture, textured walls, draperies and carpet as well as new bedding, while bathrooms will receive a fresh look and will offer the chains new Portico bath products. Corridors throughout the property also will be perked up with new carpeting and custom wall sconces.

CASINO MONTELAGO, also located at Lake Las Vegas, is celebrating the upcoming Super Bowl weekend in a big way. The facility will host a free autograph session for members of its Club Uno frequent player program with Max McGee, Fuzzy Thurston and NFL Hall of Famer Paul Hornung -- all members of the Super Bowl I champion Green Bay Packers. The session is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Il Caverna Lounge. For more information, visit www.casinomontelago.com.

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