Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: March 8, 2005

ILLUSIONIST NATHAN BURTON and seven showgirls will be sealed inside a Plexiglas box tomorrow, which will be suspended in midair in front of the V Theater at the Desert Passage mall by the Aladdin Hotel and Casino. Burton and company will stay inside the box for seven days, surviving only on energy drinks. On March 15 the box will be opened live on network television. The performer is pulling the stunt to raise money for the tsunami relief effort. Those who cant get to Las Vegas during the performers week-in-a-box can watch live Web cam coverage at www.nathaninabox.com.

RACE FANS in town for Sundays Nascar UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 can meet Sterling Marlin, driver of the No. 40 Coors Light car, on Thursday. One of only three Nascar drivers ever to win the Daytona 500 back-to-back, Marlin will be signing autographs and greeting fans from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. On Friday, Marlins car will be on display from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. under the Plaza porte-cochere. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., fans can find out what it feels like to be a stock-car driver with the interactive Nascar Activator Truck, sponsored by Coors. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, the No. 97 Crown Royal car that was driven by Kurt Busch, a Las Vegas native and last years Nextel Cup champion, will be parked under the Plazas porte-cochere. For more information, contact the property at (800) 634-6575 or (702) 386-2110.

CHOPPERS AND FISH: Paul Teutul Sr., and Paul Teutul Jr., stars of the Discovery Channels American Chopper reality series, on Friday will unveil two choppers custom built for the Silverton. One of the bikes will feature a mermaid theme to commemorate the Silvertons new Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge, while the other will feature an outdoors motif that ties in with propertys new Bass Pro shops Outdoors World. The two bikes will be on display in the Silvertons grand foyer indefinitely. The Teutels, who will be at the property through Sunday, also will be bringing 50 other custom-made choppers to the hotel-casino, where they will be on display in the grand foyer through the weekend. For more information, phone (702) 263-7777 or visit www.silvertoncasino.com.

AGENTS BOOKING TransGlobal Vacations and MGM properties can win a trip for two to Las Vegas. To qualify, agents must book at least five reservations to the MGM Grand and at least two reservations to the Bellagio, the Mirage, Treasure Island or New York-New York. The contest is valid for bookings made and paid in full by March 31 for travel through May 31. Reservations must be made via VAX VacationAccess. The travel agent who books the most clients to MGM Mirage properties will win roundtrip air from Minneapolis/St. Paul, a three-night, midweek stay in a suite at the MGM Grand, limousine transfers, two tickets to KA and dinner at an MGM Grand restaurant. Second prize, which includes roundtrip air from Minneapolis/St. Paul, will be awarded to the agent whose MGM Mirage bookings add up to the highest total revenue.   

LAST CHANCE: After a seven-year-run at the Tropicana Resort and Casino, The Magic of Rick Thomas will be moving to the Stardusts Wayne Newton Theatre effective March 25. Thomas last performances at the Tropicanas Tiffany Theatre will be at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on March 17.

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