Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Feb. 17, 2004

WHAT HAPPENS HERE CONTINUES TO STAY HERE, as the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's (LVCVA) popular ad campaign -- inspired by real stories from Las Vegas visitors -- returned last week with the airing of the first of six new 30-second television spots. In "Vegas Stories: The Adventures Continue," produced for the LVCVA by R&R Partners, the viewer is left to imagine what happened -- what makes the ads so provocative is what the characters don't say or what isn't shown. All ads feature the now-familiar tagline, "What happens here, stays here." The ads will be shown on network TV and national cable stations, including Bravo, Comedy Central, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Fine Living, Food Network, Fox News, MSNBC, Style, TBS, Travel Channel and VH-1.

BORG INVASION 4D, the newest addition to the Star Trek: The Experience attraction at the Las Vegas Hilton, will debut March 18 with the Borg Ball, which will be held from midnight to 3 a.m. A limited number of grand-opening guests will be among the first to experience the "multi-million-dollar" attraction. Those interested in purchasing tickets, priced at $299 each, can log onto www.startrekexp.com to download a registration form. The ticket price includes unlimited access to the attraction for three hours, dining, drinks, dancing, a commemorative picture and a limited-edition Borg Invasion 4D T-shirt. The attraction officially opens to the public at 11 a.m. that day.

AIRTRAN AIRWAYS last Wednesday began two new daily nonstop flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Las Vegas. The new service features Boeing 717 jet aircraft. To celebrate the new service, Funjet Vacations is offering travelers an opportunity to save $50 per reservation on Las Vegas vacations. To qualify, a minimum three-night stay and $500 booking are required. Reservations must be made by Feb. 29 for travel through Dec. 15. Bookings must be made via VAX VacationAccess using the promotional code FLUFS.

THE LAS VEGAS MONORAIL, slated to open sometime next month -- monorail officials aren't saying exactly when just yet -- will even have an official publication. The first issue of the bi-weekly Las Vegas Monorail Magazine, to be published by Morris Communications Co., is scheduled to coincide with the opening of the $650 million transportation system. The pocket-sized publication will include a fold-out map of the four-mile monorail route, profiles of hotel-casino properties with monorail stops and listings for entertainment, dining, shopping and other attractions on or near the Las Vegas Strip. The magazine will be distributed free of charge at monorail stations, in the resorts served by the monorail system and inside all monorail cars.

THE TROPICANA RESORT & CASINO'S long-running "Folies Bergere" received a facelift of sorts. Although the production continues to take audiences on a journey of the evolution of women, starting in the 1850s, a new 1940s scene has been added. In addition, the lighting has been changed as well as some costumes and choreography. The show is performed at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The 7:30 p.m. shows feature covered entertainers, while the 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows have topless performers and are open only to guests who are at least 16 years old. Tickets, which run $44.95 for table seating and $54.95 for booth seating, can be purchased at the Tropicana box office or by calling (702) 739-2411.

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