Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: July 25, 2006

THE LAS VEGAS CITY COUNCIL unanimously approved DDB Ventures plans for a three-day Festival of Speed slated April 6 through 8. The event will include the Las Vegas Grand Prix, which will kick off the 2007 Champ Car World Series schedule, as well as a major concert and a championship boxing match. The race, which will feature some of the sports top names, will run over a specially constructed 2.4-mile, 14-turn street course in the citys downtown that will include Ogden Avenue, Main Street, Casino Center Boulevard and Carson Avenue.

THE HIBISCUS SPA at the Westin Casuarina Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa has been designated a member of the Starwood Spa Collection, a group of 38 elite spas worldwide. To celebrate, the spa has added new treatments, including an Ice Cream Pedicure, a Hibiscus Tropics Pedicure, a Hot and Cold Stone Therapy Massage and a Star Fruit Coconut Cream Sugar Glow and Moisturizing Body Butter Wrap. In addition, the property is offering a Cool Summer Savings package through Sept. 2. Priced at $149 weekdays and $179 weekends, the plan includes a Cool Summer Check-In station where arriving guests are greeted with cold towels and flavored water, an Ice Cream Pedicure, $20 free slot play, a daily $50 retail credit and late check-out when available. For more information or to book, call (866) 837-4215.

LAS VEGAS-BOUND travelers can receive a $100 credit towards an activity when they purchase a United Vacations air and hotel vacation package costing at least $800--the credit can be used for shows, tours, VIP nightclub entry, spa services, shopping or wedding plans. Reservations must be made by Sept. 1 for travel through Dec. 15. To receive the Vegas Your Way savings, agents should use the code VEGAS100; agents can book United Vacations through VAX VacationAccess at or the VAX VacationAccess technology via Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations, Worldspan Vacation Select and AgentNet. United Vacations also can be booked via Apollo Galileo USAs LeisureShopper, Worldspan Tour Source and Amadeus Tour Source using vendor code UAV, or by phone at (800) 328-6877.

THE SIMON SUPER CHEFS LIVE tour will end its 25-mall odyssey Aug. 12 at the Forum Shops at Caesars. Chefs from restaurants in Caesars Palace and the Forum Shops will compete in a series of preliminary cook-offs throughout the day, leading up to a cook-off between the final two chefs. Competing chefs include those from BOA Prime Grill, Wolfgang Pucks Chinois, Joes Prime Steak, Seafood & Stone Crab, The Palm and Sushi Roku. The event, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public and includes live cooking demonstrations; wine seminars sponsored by Jacobs Creek; food and beverage sampling; and other culinary activities with participating retailers and restaurants. For more information about the tour, visit


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