VESTIN GROUP INC. AND MGI, a financial services
company and a private development firm, respectively, agreed in
principle to acquire the 447-room Castaways Hotel-Casino from VSS
Enterprises, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last
summer. Officials said they expect the acquisition to close by
IT'S OFFICIAL: BARRICK GAMING GROUP completed
its $82 million purchase of four downtown properties--the Plaza,
the Las Vegas Club, the Western Hotel and the Gold Spike--from
legendary casino owner Jackie Gaughan. The four properties combined
offer almost 2,000 hotel rooms.
CITING LIGHTER-THAN-ANTICIPATED advance
bookings, Allegiant Air cancelled plans to launch service next
month between Baton Rouge, La., and Las Vegas. The carrier will
contact travelers who reserved seats on one of the four weekly
roundtrip flights that were to begin May 10, Allegiant said. They
also will be notified that no credit card charges will be
LOS ANGELES-BASED TRAVELERS now can book a
United Vacations Las Vegas package that includes roundtrip airfare
via Ted. The plan starts at $174 per person, double, and features a
two-night stay at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, and VIP
seating at Planet Hollywood. The package also offers VIP specials
at the Fashion Outlet Las Vegas, including shopping and dining
discounts, free valet parking and a shopping tote. Reservations can
be made by calling (800) 328-6877, using vendor code UAV in all
four GDS systems or by logging onto VAX VacationAccess.
LIFE IMITATES ART AT THE BELLAGIO through May
16. The springtime display in the property's conservatory and
botanical gardens includes a re-creation of one of Claude Monet's
most famous works, "The Water Lily Pond, 1900." The tribute to
Monet celebrates the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art's current
exhibition, "Claude Monet: Masterworks from the Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston," which will be on display daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
through Sept. 13. Tickets are $15 per person. Discounted rates are
$12 for students, Nevada residents and visitors over age 65.
Tickets can be purchased at (877) 957-9777 or (702) 693-7871 or
online at www.bgfa.biz or www.ticketweb.com.
THE IMPERIAL PALACE HOTEL & CASINO, will
host the Vegas Ventriloquist Festival 2004 April 23 to 25. The
festival features lectures, workshops and performances. The grand
gala show, Ventastic 2004, will include performances by Randle
McGee, Ken Carter and Taylor Mason and will be held at 7 p.m. April
25. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, contact
festival director Valentine Fox at (702) 258-1556 or visit www.ventroloquists.net. The Imperial Palace can be
contacted at (702) 794-3114.