Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Nov. 11, 2003

THE WESTIN CASUARINA, LAS VEGAS --Nevada's first Westin resort -- opened Thursday in the former Maxim hotel and casino property, just off the Strip at 160 E. Flamingo Road. In addition to its 815 guest rooms and 10 suites, the resort offers 15,000 square feet of meetings' space, a 20,000-square-foot casino, the Hibiscus Spa, and a 200-seat showroom, where comedian David Brenner will perform nightly. Room rates start at the resort start at $139 per night weekdays and $189 per night weekends. For one-bedroom suites, rates start at $499 per night; two-bedroom suite prices start at $699 per night. To book or for more information, phone (866) 837-4215 or visit www.westin.com/lasvegas.

THE GREENS OF LAS VEGAS ceased operations on Halloween. The 23-acre golf attraction, which opened in July at Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road, included an 18-hole natural-grass putting course, a pro shop and a bar.

STATION CASINOS said it will carry out a $110 million expansion of the Green Valley Ranch Station, which will include the addition of 296 rooms, 25,500 square feet of meetings' space and an expanded spa facility. Construction is slated to begin at the end of 2003 and is expected to end during fourth-quarter 2004.

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE, starting Dec. 1, for "Claude Monet: Masterworks," which will be displayed at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art from Jan. 30 through Sept. 13. The exhibit, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will feature 21 of Monet's most famous paintings, including "Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist's Garden in Argenteuil," "Grainstack," Water Lilies" and "The Water Lily Pond." The gallery, expecting a significant increase in visitors, will extend its operating hours and will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Ticket prices are $15 per person [although they are $12 for students, Nevada residents and senior citizens aged 65 or older]. Tickets and information are available by calling (877) 957-9777 or (702) 693-7871 or at www.bgfa.biz and www.ticketweb.com.

VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS starting March 17 will add a fourth nonstop roundtrip flight between London [Gatwick] and McCarran Airport. Last month, the carrier added a third nonstop flight on that route. The airline uses 439-passenger Boeing 747 jets for its London-Las Vegas flights, which are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. For more information, contact Virgin Atlantic at (800) 862-8621.

THE MONTELAGO VILLAGE RESORT at Lake Las Vegas through Jan. 11 offers clients a golf package starting at $229 per person, per day, double. Highlights include a round of golf at either Reflection Bay, a Jack Nicklaus signature course, or The Falls, which was designed by Tom Weiskopf, as well as accommodations in a one-bedroom condominium. For more information or for reservations, call (866) 399-2753 or visit www.montelagovillage.com. www.montelagovillage.com.

THE RIVIERA hotel and casino has a new show, "Hail, Hail Rock 'n' Roll," that pairs the Kentucky Rain band with singers and actors impersonating Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Blues Brother and Elvis Presley during his rockabilly days. Showtime at the Crazy Girls Showroom is 7 p.m. Fridays through Wednesdays; tickets are $34.95 plus tax or $44.95 for VIP seating and a line pass. For more information, phone (702) 794-9433.

NORTHWEST AIRLINES, which launched daily nonstop service from Milwaukee to Las Vegas in July, will add a second nonstop flight on that route from Feb. 12 through April 30. The new service will use Airbus A319/320 aircraft, which can accommodate 148 people and 124 people, respectively. Clients currently holding tickets for travel Feb. 12 or later for connecting itineraries between Milwaukee and Las Vegas will be able to change to the new service without paying an administrative change fee, provided changes are made by Nov. 14. For more information or to book, call (800) 225-2525 or visit www.nwa.com.

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