Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Oct. 28, 2003

TI, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE TREASURE ISLAND HOTEL AND CASINO, celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend with the debut of the Sirens of TI, a newer, sexier, more contemporary version of the property's famed Battle of Buccaneer Bay. The production features a clash between a group of beautiful, tempting women aboard The Song and a band of handsome, renegade pirates aboard The Bull. Free performances of the outdoor show can be seen daily at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Sirens' Cove at the front of TI. New for hotel guests is a VIP viewing area. As part of the property's newer, hipper image, TI also is giving a temporary tattoo featuring its new logo to each woman who checks into the hotel. TI is offering a Sirens Package priced at $79 per person for arrivals Sundays through Wednesdays. The plan includes a two-night stay with an upgrade to a Tower Deluxe room featuring a view of Sirens' Cove, a commemorative Sirens poster, a Sirens Sip welcome cocktail at the Breeze Bar and a 20% discount at Sirens Apparel & Lingerie. To book, phone (800) 288-7206 or visit www.treasureisland.com.

FOR THOSE WHO WANT A TATTOO that isn't temporary, the Palms Casino Resort will debut the Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. in February. The shop will feature leather walls, a custom sound system, three tattoo stations, a private guest station and a "Wall of Fame" with photos of celebrities receiving tattoos. Tattoo reservations can be booked by calling the property's guest services at (702) 942-7777.

ALSO AT THE PALMS, which hosted last month's 50th anniversary festivities for Playboy magazine, clients can book the newly dedicated Hugh Hefner suite--in which the magazine publisher stayed--through March. The suite is located on the resort's 50th floor and comes complete with such Playboy memorabilia as a pinball machine, towels, blankets, pillows, glasswork and artwork. Rates start at $2,000 per night mid-week and $2,500 per night on weekends. For more information, call (866) 725-6773 or visit www.palms.com.

WHAT BETTER TIME TO DEBUT a heart-stopping thrill ride than Halloween? That's when the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower will open X Scream to the public. The attraction will send riders in an eight-passenger car over the edge of the tower's outdoor observation deck, which is almost 900 feet above the Strip. Admission to the ride, which joins the Bigshot and Highroller attractions atop the Stratosphere tower, will cost $8 per person. The X-treme ticket package, which includes admission to the tower and all three rides, will cost $24.95 per person.

CAESARS PALACE OFFICIALS--joined by actors portraying Caesar, Cleopatra and others from the Roman court--Monday broke ground on the resort's 949-room luxury hotel tower. When completed in 2005, the 345-foot-tall, 26-story structure will bring the number of guest rooms to more than 3,370.

"SPIRIT OF THE DANCE," which is performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays through Thursdays in the Golden Nugget's 400-seat Theatre Ballroom, will be on hiatus from Dec. 1 through at least Feb. 29. An exact return date has yet to be determined, according to property officials. Poster Financial Group, a Las Vegas-based private investment firm owned by Travelscape.com founders Timothy Poster and Thomas Breitling, is in the process of buying the 1,907-room hotel-casino-- the downtown's largest--from MGM-Mirage.

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