Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: July 27, 2004

BMI, the second-largest, full-service, scheduled airline in the U.K., will launch thrice-weekly service between Las Vegas and Manchester, England, on Oct. 31. The carrier is the first to offer scheduled service from the western U.S. to Manchester. To receive introductory roundtrip fares starting at $499 per person, travelers must purchase their tickets by Aug. 19 for flights taken between Oct. 31 and Dec. 16. The flights, which are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, will use 244-passenger Airbus A330 aircraft featuring business-, new economy- and economy-class service. For more information or bookings, call (800) 788-0555 or log on to

THE JW MARRIOTT LAS VEGAS Resort, Spa & Golf is offering meeting planners State-of-the-Art Rewards for booking groups at the Summerlin property, located 15 miles northwest of the Strip. Meeting planners who book at least 150 room nights will receive an HP IPAQ H4155 Pocket PC while those booking at least 250 room nights will receive a Canon EOS Digital Rebel Camera. Other incentives include an HP notebook computer for those who book at least 500 room nights and a Philips 42-inch plasma TV for planners who book at least 1,000 room nights. Meetings must be booked by Dec. 1 and held by Dec. 30 to qualify for the reward program. For more information or to make reservations, phone (877) 869-8777 or (702) 869-7031 or visit

US AIRWAYS VACATIONS now offers vacation packages that include accommodations at the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. To celebrate the addition of the property to the company's roster of Las Vegas offerings, the company through Sept. 30 will include in its Venetian packages two-for-one admission to the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum. The facility, which is located at the Venetian, is managed and operated by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and is under the patronage of Mikhail E. Shwydkoi, the minister of culture of the Russian Federation. US Airways Vacations packages can be booked through VAX VacationAccess, the GDSs using vendor code USV or by phone at (800) 455-0123.

THE GUGGENHEIM HERMITAGE MUSEUM, which changes its exhibitions approximately twice a year, opened a new show last week. "The Pursuit of Pleasure," on display through January, consists of approximately 35 works that explore the images of leisure in Western art from the 16th century to the early 20th century. The exhibit is organized into four thematic sections: Music and Dance; Celebration and Cafe Society; Gaming and Sport; and Flirtation and Romance, as represented by such artists as Max Beckmann, Edgar Degas, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Steen, Titian and Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; public exhibition tours also are offered most days at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and Nevada residents, $11 for students with ID and $7 for children ages 6 through 12. There is no admission charge for children younger than 6. For museum information, call (702) 414-2440.

MONTELAGO VILLAGE RESORT this summer features two golf packages for those who want to experience the Lake Las Vegas area in Henderson, Nev. The first plan starts at $235 per person, double, and includes a two-night stay in a studio condominium, taxes and gratuities and one round of golf per person at either Reflection Bay Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature course, or Tom Weiskopf's The Falls. The second package features two half-day golf instruction sessions per person plus a two-night stay in a studio condominium. The price is $695 per person, double, which includes taxes. To book, phone (866) 399-2753 or visit

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