Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: May 23, 2006

OFFICIALS at Morgans Hotel Group Co., a hospitality company that owns and operates the Delano, Mondrian and Hudson hotels, among others, have signed a deal to acquire the 647-room Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, an adjacent 23-acre land parcel and other related assets from Peter Morton for $770 million in cash.

BARNEYS NEW YORK is coming to the Strip. Las Vegas Sands Corp., owner of the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, said that the luxury retailer will open a flagship store in the companys new $1.6 billion Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, which is under construction next to the Venetian. Barneys will serve as the anchor of the 450,000 square-foot Shoppes at The Palazzo, which is anticipated to open next summer and will include six new restaurants and roughly 80 high-end and mid-level stores.      


FUNJET VACATIONS and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority are co-sponsoring a car giveaway for travel agents. The top-booking 101 agents nationwide of Las Vegas packages will qualify for the promotion and the chance to win the car. During the incentive, agents will earn points based on the reservation value. Visit for details. Agents need only make Funjet Vacations Las Vegas air/hotel package bookings from May 1 through Nov. 11 for travel until Dec. 31. Funjet Vacations, in turn, will do all the work, including tracking all bookings and posting agent rankings on

TRAVELERS can save up to $125 per reservation when they book by June 1 an inclusive Southwest Airlines Vacations Las Vegas package that includes at least a three-night stay at an MGM Mirage property. Travel must be taken between June 1 and Aug. 31. For more information or to make reservations, call (800) 423-5683 or visit

Las Vegas Editor:

Amy Baratta

Phone: (908) 879-8492

[email protected]

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