Gogo enhances Vegas offerings

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RAMSEY, N.J. -- Gogo Worldwide Vacations beefed up its Las Vegas offerings. Among them are a new family program called Camp Las Vegas, its first Las Vegas golf program and reduced prices and added values at 33 partner hotels, including Aladdin, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Excalibur, Flamingo, the Golden Nugget, MGM Grand, the Mirage and Treasure Island.

The company's Camp Las Vegas program keeps children ages 6 to 16 entertained while parents pursue adult diversions such as gambling, shopping, dinner and shows.

"We're not saying Las Vegas is the greatest family destination," said Richard Rodriguez, Gogo's director of marketing for Las Vegas. "But a lot of families go there.

"Camp Las Vegas allows parents to send kids off on a supervised program, such as the Thrill Seeker Tour, in which the kids will experience the hottest roller coasters in Las Vegas."

Although casinos do not market to families because the presence of children tends to reduce gaming revenue, many visitors to Las Vegas still want to bring their children.

"This program pleases everyone," said Rodriguez. "The kids are entertained, it gives the parents some time away from the kids to gamble or go to dinner and a show, and the hotels are happy."

The children's activity packages include pickup at the hotel, roundtrip transportation, a T-shirt and lunch or dinner.

Gogo's new golf program includes tee times up to 120 days in advance at golf courses such as Angel Park, the Legacy, LV Paiute Golf Resort, Rio Secco and TPC at the Canyons.

Gogo is promoting summer packages with promotions that include discounts of up to 30% off the room rate, often with added values thrown in.

The Excalibur Hotel is offering $5 off the "Tournament of Kings" dinner show or the "Catch a Rising Star" comedy show, an Excalibur Fun Book with coupons worth $75 and a two-for-one Roundtable Lunch Buffet.

The Monte Carlo is offering a two-for-one spa admission, two-for-one at the Microbrew, free tiramisu or cappuccino with the purchase of a dinner entree at the Market City Cafe, and a number of similar dinner offers at hotel restaurants.

Value-added offers also are being made by the Luxor Hotel, the MGM Grand, New York New York and San Remo.

Three-night, air-inclusive packages for Las Vegas from New York (Kennedy) or Newark start at $295 per person, double, for midweek departures.

To book Gogo products, call a local Gogo office or (800) 229-4999. The company's Web site is www.gogowwv.com.

Camp Las Vegas: Fun for whole family

LAS VEGAS -- The following is a roundup of Gogo Worldwide Vacations' Camp Las Vegas hotel tours and day camp:

• The Thrill Seeker tour includes the Manhattan Express at New York New York, the Canyon Blaster at Circus Circus and Speed: the Ride at the Sahara.

• Animal Mania includes the Lion Habitat of MGM Grand, the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay and the White Tigers and Dolphin habitata at the Mirage.

• The World Tour includes the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel, the fountains of Bellagio, Madame Tussaud's at the Venetian, the Treasure Island Pirate Battle and the Mirage Volcano.

• At the Movies includes the city's movie-themed rides, such as the Cinema Ride at Caesar's Palace, Theatre of Sensation at the Venetian and Simulator ride at the Luxor hotel.

•Masquerade is a trip to the Rio, where kids can participate in Carnivale, New Orleans style, and can sing, dance and ride in a float in a daily masquerade show.

The above kids tours, identified as "package A," are priced at $80 each. Package B is The Day Camp option, priced at $60. It includes athletics, outdoor adventure, water sports, creative arts, dramatic arts and culinary arts from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Package C is the Lake Mead Adventure, which includes water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing and a banana boat ride. It is priced at $250 for any four hours.

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