Illusionist act at Aladdin replaces topless revue


hrough Jan. 11, the MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Las Vegas is offering clients a golf package starting at $229 per person, per night, double.

Highlights include a round of golf at either Reflection Bay, a Jack Nicklaus course, or The Falls, which was designed by Tom Weiskopf, as well as accommodations in a one-bedroom condominium.

For more information or for reservations, call (866) 399-2753 or visit

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Starting Dec. 26, Northwest Airlines will launch daily nonstop service between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Between Dec. 26 and Jan. 5, the flights will be operated with 100-seat DC-9 aircraft; starting Jan. 6, with 148-seat Airbus 320 aircraft.

The flights will be timed to connect to the carrier's nonstop service between Los Angeles and Tokyo's Narita airport, with continuing service to Bangkok; Beijing; Pusan, South Korea; Hong Kong; Manila, the Philippines; Nagoya, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Shanghai; Singapore, and Taipei, Taiwan.

The carrier, which also launched daily nonstop service from Milwaukee to Las Vegas in July, will add a second nonstop flight on that route from Feb. 12 through April 30.

The new service will use Airbus A319/320 aircraft, which can accommodate 148 people and 124 people, respectively.

For more information, call (800) 225-2525 or visit

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America West Airlines added service from its Las Vegas hub to St. Louis on Oct. 26 and will add service from Las Vegas to Billings, Mont., and Des Moines, Iowa, on Nov. 26 and Dec. 19, respectively.

Flights to and from St. Louis use the 737-300, which can accommodate 134 passengers, while the Billings service will be provided by America West Express and operated by a subsidiary airline of Mesa Air Group using the 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet.

Las Vegas-Des Moines service also will be provided by America West Express and operated by Mesa Air group using the new 80-seat Canadair Regional Jet.

With all this new service, America West will serve more than 40 destinations from its Las Vegas hub, with 92 daily departures.

For more information, call (800) 235-9292 or visit

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MGM Mirage Vacations and MasterCard teamed up to offer agents a $25 cash bonus for each air-inclusive vacation they book through VAX VacationAccess, using promotion code MC104250, through Nov. 23 for travel through Jan. 31.

Payment must be made with a MasterCard to qualify.

Reward checks of up to $250 will be mailed to agents by mid-February.

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The new Cirque du Soleil attraction slated to open at the MGM Grand late next summer will have no stage, but will be performed "above, in front of and below" the audience, according to MGM-Mirage officials.

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Funjet Vacations and TransMeridian Airlines have teamed up to offer charter service to Las Vegas from Rockford, Ill.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Toledo, Ohio, and Sanford, Fla.

Sunday and Thursday flights from Rockford are scheduled through Dec. 28, while service from Syracuse will be offered Mondays and Fridays through Dec. 29.

Also through Dec. 29, Toledo outbound service will occur Mondays and Fridays, with returns on Tuesdays and Fridays.

From Sanford, flights will run Sundays and Thursdays through Dec. 28.

For more information, agents can call (800) 558-3050, log on to VAX VacationAccess or use the vendor code FUN in all four electronic res systems.

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Over at the Flamingo Las Vegas, Tia Rhodes was named vice president of hotel operations.

Rhodes, who formerly served as assistant vice president of rooms at Caesars Palace, now will be responsible for managing the daily function of hotel operations, including overseeing budgets and conducting property inspections.

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Tickets are now on sale for illusionist Steve Wyrick, the Aladdin Resort & Casino's newest headliner.

Wyrick, who just finished a three-year engagement at the Sahara Hotel and Casino and recently was named Magician of the Year by the International Magicians' Society, will debut his new show, which replaces the topless revue "X," on Nov. 21 in the new Steve Wyrick Theater.

Formerly known as the Aladdin's CenterStage Showroom, the venue was expanded and redesigned and will be able to accommodate up to 500.

Wyrick's 90-minute show will be performed daily at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., except Tuesdays.

Tickets start at $49.95 and are available by calling the Aladdin Box Office at (866) 477-5267 or (702) 785-5000 or through Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000 or

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The Riviera hotel and casino also has a new show, which debuted on Halloween in the Crazy Girls Showroom.

"Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Roll" pairs the Kentucky Rain band with singers and actors impersonating Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Blues Brothers and Elvis Presley.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Fridays through Wednesdays, and tickets are $34.95 plus tax or $44.95 for VIP seating.

For more information, call (702) 794-9433.

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In addition to being the Silver State's official tourism publication, Nevada Magazine now is the featured in-flight publication for Allegiant Air.

The Fresno, Calif.-based carrier offers regularly scheduled service between Las Vegas and Fresno; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Denver; Fort Collins Colo.; Lansing, Mich. and Wichita, Kan.

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Through Dec. 15, Delta Air Lines is offering Georgia SkyMiles members double bonus miles for paid nonstop Delta or Delta Connection flights between its Atlanta hub and 49 airports nationwide, including Las Vegas' McCarran.

To be eligible for double miles, SkyMiles members must have a valid Georgia address in their SkyMiles account and enroll at or call (800) 558-3358 and enter promotion code 4070.

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On Nov. 8, St. John Sport opened its first Nevada location at the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino.

The resort also welcomed the Venezia Tower Gift Shop, which opened Nov. 15.

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From Nov. 23 through Dec. 24, the Mirage will feature a Winter Paradise package that ranges from $105 per person, double, for a two-night stay to $165 per person, double, for four nights.

Also included are four $7 and two $11 meal coupons that can be redeemed at Caribe Cafe, Noodles, Coconuts Ice Cream Shop, the Roasted Bean and the Mirage Casino Snack Bar as well as one pass to Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.

The plan is for groups that are booking 20 rooms or more, and it is commissionable at 10% to IATA and ARC-approved agents.

For more information, agents can call the Mirage Group Sales department directly at (800) 456-7111 or they can access the resort's Web site at

To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected] .

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