Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: March 22, 2005

THE CANNERY CASINO & HOTEL is preparing to break ground this week on the second phase of its $40 million expansion project that began in August. The first phase of the project features a five-story, covered parking garage, which opened two weeks ago, and 15,000 square feet of new gaming space, complete with more than 500 slot and video poker machines, that is expected to open April 1. Phase two of the project will add 96,400 square feet to the property and will include a Galaxy Movie Theatres 14-screen complex; Vinos Italian restaurant, with seating for 150 people and a walk-up deli counter; a multi-purpose room that can accommodate up to 300 people for banquets, meetings and other events; a 14-table poker room; and an expanded race and sports book area with a 60-inch center viewing screen, 13 oversized LCD television screens and 100 individual 13-inch flat screens mounted on individually lighted player stations with earphones.

THE PALMS CASINO RESORT is under construction in a really big way. The 4-year-old property has embarked on a $600 million expansion plan that includes a 347-room hotel tower, an entertainment complex featuring a Playboy lounge and themed retail venue, an 8,000-square-foot recording studio, a 2,200-seat showroom, 60,000 square feet of additional meeting space, two restaurants, new specialty retail shops and a new swimming pool with private bungalows. Construction on Palms Place, a 50-story, 599-unit condominium hotel and spa, also is planned to begin next year. The new property will be connected to the Palms by an enclosed, elevated moving walkway.

EXOTIC CARS AT CAESARS PALACE, the first car dealership located on the Strip, will open its doors in the Forum Shops on April 8. The two-tiered, 34,000-square-foot showroom will feature such exotic cars as Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Panozes, Mercedes-Benzes and Porsches. In addition, there will be retail space containing auto- and motorcycle-related items, such as hats, apparel, models, key chains posters and books as well as interactive touch screens, a remote-control racetrack and an area where visitors can have their photo taken in one of two exotic cars or on a custom motorcycle. For more information, phone (702) 735-7700.

MARY LOU RETTON, the first U.S. woman to earn an individual Olympic gold medal in gymnastics, will discuss her experiences as a world-renowned athlete and fitness ambassador at 7 p.m.  on Thursday, March 24 at the Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge. At 8 p.m. on April 14, the Silverton will host former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Both appearances are part of the propertys new monthly Speaker Series that began earlier this year. Tickets for either of these events are priced at $30 each. For more information, call (866) 946-4373 or (702) 914-8557.

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