Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-Letter: Oct. 7, 2003

THE FUTURE of the famed Siegfried & Roy show, which mixed magic tricks and illusions with white tigers, is in jeopardy. Roy Horn, who has performed in Las Vegas with partner Siegfried Fischbacher for almost 30 years, was mauled by one of the animals during Friday night's performance at The Mirage resort-casino. Horn remained in critical condition at Las Vegas' University Medical Center. Those holding tickets for the show should contact The Mirage, which is issuing refunds, according to a spokesman for the show. The Mirage can be reached at (800) 627-6667 or (702) 791-7111.

THROUGH OCT. 18, clients who book a Northwest Airlines WorldVacations air-hotel package to Las Vegas, valid for travel through March 15, will qualify for a chance to win one of three trips to Las Vegas. The trips include roundtrip air, a three-night hotel stay for two, shopping at Bloomingdale's, two rounds of golf and a three-day compact car rental from Alamo Car Rental. For more information, agents can log onto

MGM-MIRAGE VACATIONS expanded its wedding package offerings. The Deluxe Wedding plan at the Bellagio is offered Mondays through Thursdays for $1,300 plus an additional $500 minimum on flowers and photograph packages. The An Affair to Remember plan at the MGM Grand is offered Sundays through Thursdays for $899 and on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays for $1,099, while the From Here to Eternity package, also at the MGM Grand, costs $1,099 Sundays through Thursdays and $1,299 Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Couples also can opt for the Practice Makes Perfect wedding rehearsal plan at the MGM Grand for $189 Sundays through Fridays. The packages feature elements such as flowers and portraits; champagne and chocolates; limousine transportation; the services of an officiant, musicians and wedding coordinator; and a personalized video. For more information or to book, call (800) 360-7111 or visit

AGENTS WILL EARN a 1% base commission override on air-inclusive Las Vegas trips with MGM-Mirage Vacations when they book through VAX Vacation Access. Vacations using Southwest Airlines are excluded from the offer, which is valid on bookings made through Oct. 12 for travel through 2004. In addition, through the end of the year clients staying at select MGM-Mirage properties receive several extras. For example, guests staying at the Golden Nugget between Nov. 15 and Dec. 25 will receive the Golden Values Booklet that features a two-for-one meal deal at The Buffet, a $10 discount on retail purchases of more than $40, $10 off any spa or salon service totaling $40 or more, and one free ticket per person to the Spirit of the Dance from Nov. 29 through Dec. 25.

NEW HIRE: Chris Andrews was named director of race and sports book operations at the Golden Nugget hotel-casino properties in both Las Vegas and Laughlin. Andrews, currently vice president of race and sports book operations at the Club CalNeva in Reno, will join the Golden Nugget properties once they officially have been purchased from MGM-Mirage by Poster Financial Group, Inc.

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