Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: July 13, 2004

BOYD GAMING CORP. completed its merger with Coast Casinos, in which Coast became a wholly owned subsidiary of Boyd Gaming. The new company is the fifth-largest gaming operator in the U.S. and owns and operates 18 gaming properties in six states, including the Stardust and the Orleans in Las Vegas.

TRAVELERS WHO BOOK a United Vacations trip that includes accommodations at the Bellagio, the MGM Grand, the Mirage, TI or the New York-New York Hotel and Casino will receive $50 off reservations totaling up to $499 or $100 off bookings of $500 or more. The offer is valid for travel through Sept. 15, and the promotional code MGM100 must be entered at the time of booking to receive the discount. Sample prices for Las Vegas vacation packages start at $179 from Los Angeles, San Francisco or San Diego; $269 from Seattle or Portland, Ore.; $299 from Denver; $359 from Chicago; and $374 from New York or Boston. Included are roundtrip air on United Airlines, a two-night stay at TI, VIP seating Planet Hollywood and $5 off a purchase of $10 or more there and VIP perks at the Fashion Outlet Las Vegas that include shopping and dining discounts, free valet parking and a souvenir shopping bag. United Vacations can be booked in all four GDSs using the vendor code UAV, through VAX VacationAccess or by phone at (800) 328-6877.

WORRY-FREE VACATIONS and NORTHWEST AIRLINES WORLDVACATIONS now offer bachelor and bachelorette parties as an optional, commissionable add-on for Las Vegas vacations. Prices start at $139 per person for the parties, which includes a four-hour itinerary with hotel pick-up and drop-off as well as VIP admission to several popular nightclubs. Agents can earn a 10% commission on the party itself, and, if they have a group of 20 people or more, they can earn up to 15% on the air fare and hotel stay. For more information, visit or

DURING THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, one person will purchase the 1 millionth ticket to "A New Day..." featuring Celine Dion. As part of the celebration, the lucky ticket holder and a guest will meet with Dion during the show. The Live Like a Millionaire package also includes a two-night stay at a suite in Caesars Palace, use of a limousine, use of spa and fitness center services at the Spa at Caesars Palace, a round of golf for two at Cascata, free meals at any of the property's restaurants, a $1,000 shopping spree at the Celine Dion Boutique, a Celine Dion CD catalog, upgraded pair of front-row tickets to the show and $2,500 worth of Caesars Palace promotional gaming chips. Tickets to the show, which is performed Wednesdays through Sundays at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, are priced at $87.50, $127.50, $175 and $225. They can be purchased in person at the Colosseum box office, by calling (877) 4-CELINE or at For groups of 20 or more, call (800) 933-7110. For more information about the show, call (888) 995-1555 or visit

CORRECTION: "M -- Mariachi Passion & Tradition" is performed at the V Theater in the Desert Passage Shops at the Aladdin Resort and Casino at 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show are priced at $55 and $66, and matinees cost $55 and $45. They can be purchased by calling (702) 892-7790 or (888) M-LAS-VEGAS.

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