Travel Weekly's Vegas E-Letter June 10, 2003

CLIENTS WHO BOOK AN AIR-INCLUSIVE MGM Mirage Vacations trip to Las Vegas by June 21 will receive a $75 resort reward credit, which can be used for meals, entertainment, shopping, and spa treatments at the property where they are staying. Participating resorts include Bellagio, Golden Nugget, MGM Grand, The Mirage, New York-New York and Treasure Island, and valid travel dates are July 1 through Sept. 15. Sample prices, which are valid for Monday and Tuesday departures from July 8 through Aug. 12, start at $239 from Seattle, $284 from Chicago and $454 from Newark and include a three-night stay at the Golden Nugget, roundtrip air via Southwest Airlines from Seattle and Chicago, and Continental Airlines from Newark, the $75 credit and 24-hour traveler assistance. MGM Mirage Vacations can be booked in all four GDSs using the vendor code MRV or through VAX VacationAccess at www.vaxvacationaccess.com. Agents also can call (800) 360-7111 or log onto www.mgmmiragevacations.com.

VEGAS-PHILES won't be able to miss the inaugural issue of Vegas Magazine when it comes out in July. After all, supermodel Heidi Klum is on the cover. The new consumer magazine, published by Greenspun Media Group and SoBe News, is billed as the first national lifestyle publication focusing on Las Vegas. Included will be columns such as "Fame Game," with celebrity gossip; "Desert Patrol," dedicated to rising stars and other people to watch; and "The Strip," which covers the Las Vegas nightlife scene. In addition to the Las Vegas area, the magazine will be available on newsstands in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Miami.

THE BELLAGIO resort added an outdoor venue for weddings. The Terrazza di Sogno -- translated as Terrace of Dreams -- is an Italian balcony with marble flooring that overlooks the property's lake and famed fountains. To reserve the balcony for their nuptials, couples first must book one of the resort's wedding chapel packages, which range in price from $1,800 to $15,000, and then pay an extra $1,800 for the terrace venue. The price includes special lighting, the sound system, and the couple's choice of a song for the fountains, which shoot in sync with the music as the newlyweds perform their first kiss. For an added fee, couples can hire live musicians for the ceremony. The terrace can hold up to 34 guests, is wheelchair-accessible and is available for day and evening ceremonies. Wedding renewals and commitment ceremonies also can be performed. The resort's wedding packages are commissionable to travel agents, and there is a flat $30 commission for the terrace upgrade. For more information, agents can contact the Bellagio wedding chapels at (888) 464-4436 or (702) 693-7700 or access www.bellagio.com.

LAS VEGAS-BASED ALLEGIANT AIR will launch nonstop scheduled service beginning July 1 between the city's McCarran Int'l Airport and Fort Collins/Loveland Airport in Colorado on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. To mark the new service, the carrier is offering an introductory price of $69 per person, one-way. The special fare can be booked through June 30 for travel between July 31 and Nov. 17. Regular one-way fares on the new route will range from $89 per person to $159 per person. For reservations made at www.allegiantair.com, there is a $2.50 discount on each flight segment. Also through its Allegiant Vacations program, the carrier features introductory air and hotel packages for the Fort/Collins/Loveland market that must be booked by June 30 for travel between Aug. 4 and Sept. 11. A plan that includes roundtrip air and a three-night stay at the Four Queens, for example, starts at $149 per person. Reservations for Allegiant Vacations packages can be made online or by phone at (800) 432-3810. For air-only bookings, agents can call (888) 594-6937.

NORTHWEST AIRLINES starting July 1 will offer nonstop service from Milwaukee's General Mitchell Int'l Airport to Las Vegas. To celebrate, the carrier will offer members of the WorldPerks program who fly this new route a bonus of up to 2,000 WorldPerks miles. The offer is valid from July 1 through Sept. 30. For more information or reservations, agents can all (800) 225-2525 or visit www.nwa.com.

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