Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-Letter: Oct. 21, 2003

THE HOTEL AT MANDALAY BAY, which is scheduled to open in December, is accepting reservations at (877) 632-7000. The 43-story, all-suite tower is attached to the tropically themed Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, but is self-sufficient and will offer a different experience, according to Mandalay Resort Group officials. Every suite in the 1,122-room tower will offer one or two bedrooms as well as a separate sitting room with a plasma-screen TV and a desk with a high-speed Internet connection, fax and printer. The tower also will feature a 60,000-square-foot lobby that is connected to the Mandalay Bay's casino by a grand promenade. The lobby will have nine check-in desks, a separate VIP check-in, two restaurant and show reservation desks, a bell desk and a business center as well as a lobby bar with a billiards lounge, a sundries store, a 24-hour restaurant and a coffee bar. The tower's second floor will feature a 13,000-square-foot spa and gym, while the top floor will offer unobstructed views of the Strip and patio dining at a 220-seat restaurant and a 200-seat lounge.

TIA RHODES was named vp-hotel operations for the Flamingo Las Vegas. She will be responsible for managing day-to-day hotel operations, overseeing property budgets, conducting property inspections and directing personnel involved in renovations and upgrades. She formerly was assistant vp-rooms at Caesars Palace, another Park Place Entertainment property.

TRAVEL AGENTS CAN EARN up to $250 in cash through an incentive offered by MGM-Mirage Vacations and MasterCard. Agents will receive $25 for each air-inclusive vacation that they book through VAX VacationAccess, using the promotion code MC104250, from Oct. 27 to Nov. 23. Payment must be made with a MasterCard to qualify for the offer, which is valid for travel from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. To record the MasterCard bookings, agents can log onto VAX to obtain an MGM-Mirage Vacations Scorecard. Cash-back reward checks will be mailed in mid-February. MGM-Mirage Vacations features air-inclusive vacations to six Las Vegas resorts including the Golden Nugget, Treasure Island, The Mirage, Bellagio, New York-New York and MGM Grand.

FUNJET VACATIONS is featuring a sale on the company's air-inclusive vacations through Oct. 31. Sample prices with three-nights' accommodations at the Golden Nugget include $155 per person, double, from Los Angeles; $194 per person, double, from Seattle; and $210 per person, double, from Denver. A four-night plan from St. Louis is featured at $280 per person, double, while a five-night package from Buffalo can be booked for $370 per person, double. Clients who would like to stay on the Strip can opt for accommodations at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. From San Antonio, a four-night package is available for $350 per person, double. Also through Oct. 31, Funjet features first-class roundtrip air via TransMeridian Airlines to Las Vegas from Cleveland starting at $350 per person. The price is valid for Sunday and Monday four-night departures Dec. 21 and Jan. 4 to Jan. 11. For more information or to book, agents can call (800) 558-3050 or access Funjet Vacations through VAX VacationAccess as well as at all four GDSs.

ANOTHER FUNJET PROMOTION that ends Oct. 31, clients can receive a free Samsonite Voyager duffel bag, valued at $39.95, when they book a Las Vegas vacation with accommodations at Bellagio, Golden Nugget, MGM Grand, New York-New York, The Mirage or Treasure Island. The offer is valid for charter vacations from Buffalo, Chicago [Midway and O'Hare], Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Milwaukee, San Antonio, St. Louis and Flint, Mich., and scheduled air vacations from Seattle and Portland, Ore., via Alaska Airlines and Denver via Delta Airlines. Travel must be initiated between Nov. 9 and Dec. 25 and completed by Dec. 27. The offer is good for one piece of luggage per reservation; a minimum purchase of $500 per reservation is required. The booking must be made via VAX VacationAccess using the promotional code SAMFUN2 at the time of booking to qualify. In addition, the reservation must be paid in full by credit card. Air-only, land-only and group reservations do not qualify. If a vacation is cancelled after the luggage offer is redeemed, the luggage must be returned unused to Samsonite at the client's expense or the client will be charged the full retail price. To receive their free bag, clients can call Samsonite at (800) 547-BAGS, Ext. 7421 the Friday after their reservation has been paid in full. They will need to supply Samsonite with their name, reservation number and shipping address.

WE GOOFED: The Silverton Hotel & Casino has 300 rooms. The number was incorrectly reported in the Sept. 9 Las Vegas E-letter.

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