Travel Weekly's Vegas E-Letter: April 22, 2003

TWO OF PARK PLACE Entertainment Corp.'s four Las Vegas properties, Paris Las Vegas and Bally's Las Vegas, soon will be the first major Strip properties to outfit nearly all of their slot machines -- 3,211 combined -- with cashless technology. Eventually, only a handful of machines at the properties, located adjacent to each other, will lack the technology. By the end of the year, Park Place expects to extend its "ticket-in, ticket-out" program to its other two properties, Caesars Palace -- with nearly 1,900 slots, and the Flamingo Las Vegas -- with more than 1,700 slots. "Ticket-in, ticket-out" slot machines pay out cumulative winnings with bar-coded tickets that players can exchange for cash or insert into other such machines for additional slot play. If a player chooses, however, the machines also will accept coins.

INTERSTATE JET will begin eastern Pennsylvania's first non-stop flights to Las Vegas from Lehigh Valley Airport, near Allentown, May 29. One-way fares for the twice-weekly service aboard 757-200ER aircraft start at $99 per person. To book, call (877) 359-4538 or visit

IN AN EXCLUSIVE agreement with AEG's Concerts West and Caesars Palace, is the only Web site through which room and ticket packages for the property's "A New Day..." production can be booked. The two- and three-night plans feature a range of accommodations, including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Bally's and the Flamingo, in four price categories as well as two tickets to the Celine Dion show. Air fare, car rentals and sightseeing tours also are available in conjunction with the packages. For more information or to book, visit or call (800) 642-8158.

VISITORS UNABLE to get a ticket to the new Caesar's show now can catch Celine impersonator Brigitte Valdez in "Legends in Concert" at the Imperial Palace. Valdez is the newest addition to the show, which is performed twice nightly at 7:30 and 10:30, except Sundays, in the Imperial Theatre. Tickets are $39.95 for adults, which includes tax, tip and two drinks. Children 12 and younger can see the show for $24.95 each. To reserve tickets or for more information, call (888) 777-7664 or (702) 794-3261. The Web site is at

MARRIOTT VACATION CLUB Int'l and Diamond Resorts Int'l (DRI) teamed up to market and sell the remaining time-share units within Las Vegas' Polo Towers, which will remain under the Diamond Resorts brand, as well as to jointly develop DRI's previously announced Chateau resort. Plans call for the vacation ownership property, which will feature a late-19th-century European Art Nouveau motif, to be a Marriott Vacation Club-branded resort with 840 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas located in four 33-story towers. The Chateau will be located adjacent to Polo Towers and between the Aladdin and MGM Grand properties.

THE WESTIN CASUARINA, Las Vegas, which is scheduled to open at the site of the former Maxim Hotel in July, appointed Karin Davis director of sales. Davis is responsible for all sales and marketing at the property, which will be the first Westin hotel in Nevada.

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