Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: May 4, 2004

"THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO"-- on the road for the first time in seven years--will tape one show each day with a live studio audience at 5 p.m. May 10 to 14 in Le Theatre des Arts at Paris-Las Vegas. The shows will air the same night at 11:35 p.m. Stand-by tickets will be available from 9 a.m. to noon the day of each show on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, they do not guarantee admission to the theater. The stand-by line will begin forming at 4 p.m. The vouchers received that morning are valid only for that evening's show. Guests with printed tickets--they were snatched up almost immediately after becoming available to the public, according to a concierge at the property, will be admitted to the theater beginning at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the show. Children under 16 years old will not be admitted. The Paris box office is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

LAS VEGAS will hit the small screen again at 10 p.m. EST/PST June 18, when GSN, formerly the Game Show Network, debuts its hidden-camera genre "Vegas Weddings Unveiled," described as "a half-hour semi-documentary-style show." Hosted by Darva Conger from "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" the weekly series will "infiltrate" real Las Vegas wedding chapels, wedding limousines and other city "hot spots" where couples can tie the knot. The purpose, according to a GSN statement, is "to reveal the spontaneous atmosphere of weddings in the gaming capital of the world."

SPEAKING OF Las Vegas-based reality TV, do you remember MTV's "The Real World," which was filmed a couple of years ago at The Palms? Well, "The Casino" will debut June 15. The show, which will air at 8.p.m. EST/PST every Tuesday on Fox for 13 weeks, is a behind-the-scenes, around-the-clock look at the workings of downtown's Golden Nugget Las Vegas and the daily dramas of its staff, guests and new owners Tim Poster and Thomas Breitling of Poster Financial Group, Inc.

BUT, WAIT, THERE'S MORE: On June 30, Las Vegas again will be featured on TV when The Travel Channel airs the World Poker Tour championship tournament that took place April 23 at the Bellagio. Martin Deknijff of Stockholm, Sweden, outlasted 342 other poker players to win the title and $2.7 million. The tournament, in only its second season, boasted an $8.3 million prize pool--the most ever for a poker tournament. The buy-in was $25,300, the largest poker tournament entry fee to date.

HILTON HOTELS will break ground in July on the second phase of its Hilton Grand Vacations Club resort on a 10-acre site at the north end of the Strip. The property's first 283 units, located in a 28-story tower, opened for occupancy in November and are almost one-third sold. The 431 units to be built as part of the project's second phase will be housed in a 38-story tower and will include studio suites and one, two- and three-bedroom villas as well as penthouse accommodations. Each villa will feature fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, living and dining areas and private master suites. The $126 million expansion is expected to be completed in summer 2006; pre-opening vacation ownership sales are slated to begin this summer. The HGVClub on the Las Vegas Strip is Hilton Grand Vacations' third vacation ownership resort in the Las Vegas market. The project's master plans call for 1,577 units to be built during four phases of construction.

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