Las Vegas briefs: Trump cracks Vegas market with luxury condo-hotel

Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas opens its doors on March 31. The new, 64-story hotel promises 1,282 luxury, nonsmoking suites ranging in size from 515 to 3,500 square feet.

Each suite includes kitchens, master bath spa tubs, the new Trump by Stearns & Foster Plush pillow-top mattresses and floor-to-ceiling windows affording Las Vegas views. Hotel amenities include a spa, signature Trump Attache concierge service, 2,400 square feet of meeting space and a DJT restaurant, presided over by personal Trump family chef Joe Isidori.

Call (866) 939-8786 or (877) 878-6711, or visit

LVCVA ups agent ante

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is launching an enhanced version of its online Las Vegas certification program for U.S.-based travel agents. Under the upgraded program, agents who correctly answer and submit all questions in each test module will be entered into monthly drawings to win one of two $500 gift certificates redeemable at

Vegas Certified agents also will be entitled to free tickets for select shows and a special discount card redeemable at various Las Vegas attractions, restaurants, shows, spas and shops and for wedding packages. For more information, visit

Meet me at MGM Grand

The MGM Grand opened 92,000 square feet of new meetings space. The MGM Grand Pavilion can accommodate up to 6,000 guests in a carpeted, smoke-free facility adjacent to the MGM Grand Conference Center. The space is available for trade shows, general sessions and catered functions. For more information, call (702) 891-1200.

Cher live in Vegas

Cher will headline 200 live performances at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace over the next three years. To debut May 6, "Cher at the Colosseum" promises 90 minutes of chart-topping hits; choreography from Doriana Sanchez; state-of-the-art lighting and special effects; and costumes by designer Bob Mackie. "I started in Vegas at Caesars so I've come full circle," Cher said. "I'm back, and I plan to give my fans the best experience yet."

Cher joins headliners Elton John and Bette Midler at Caesars Palace. Midler just made her debut at the Colosseum on Feb. 20 with her own new stage show, "The Showgirl Must Go On." Midler plans to perform 100 shows a year at Caesars.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is scheduled to join the star-studded lineup at Caesars later this year.

For information, visit To purchase tickets, call (866) 510-2437 or visit

Show business

In other Las Vegas entertainment news, comedian Roseanne Barr kicked off an extended engagement at the Sahara Hotel and Casino. Barr performs one show per night Saturdays through Wednesdays in the Sahara's 520-seat Congo Room, once home to performers such as Johnny Carson, Tina Turner and Frank Sinatra. For tickets, call (702) 737-2515 or visit

Meanwhile, "Mamma Mia," the longest running full-length Broadway show in Las Vegas history, has extended its stay at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino through Jan. 4.

The show, which opened in Las Vegas in February 2003, was originally scheduled to close in August after more than 2,300 performances.

For tickets, call (800) 632-7400 or visit

Luxor spices things up

T&T (Tacos & Tequila), a highly stylized restaurant with what's described as a "fun, high-energy vibe and flavorful menu," will open this summer at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. T&T will combine the talents of renowned restaurateur Richard Sandoval and designer Adam Tihany.

The 8,000-square-foot restaurant will feature a modern and traditional Mexican menu as well as a drink program fueled by an extensive tequila selection. It will also have a freestanding frozen daiquiri bar serving drinks on the go and a fashion and souvenir boutique. 

T&T will be open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will offer late-night dining from the taco bar until 3 a.m.

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Crowded skies

Last year was the busiest year in the 59-year history of Las Vegas' McCarran Airport.

According to figures released by the airport, approximately 47.7 million passengers made their way through McCarran last year, a 3.1% increase compared with 2006. But that represents the slowest annual growth of passenger numbers since 2002, and airport traffic dropped in November and December by 2.4% and 3.2%, respectively, compared with the same months in 2006.

For more information on McCarran Airport, visit

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