Travel Weekly's Vegas E-Letter May 20, 2003

THE VENETIAN RESORT-HOTEL-CASINO'S new hotel tower, slated to open late next month, now has a name: Venezia. Part of the property's $275 million expansion, the tower will feature 1,013 suites, a pool complex modeled after a Venetian garden, a restaurant and the resort's first wedding chapel -- which can accommodate up to 150 people and can be divided into three smaller chapels. Among the new guest suites will be 122 concierge-level rooms located within the top five floors on the west side of the tower with views of the Strip. Guests staying in these rooms will enjoy private check-in and elevator access; a business lounge with equipment such as copy and fax machines and a DVD library; continental breakfast and evening appetizers and drinks offered in the lounge; and in-room extras such as bottled water at turndown and coffee or tea delivered with wake-up calls. The project also includes the addition of 150,000 square feet of exhibit and ballroom space that will be used for 42 meetings rooms and 22 boardrooms. For more details or reservations, call suite reservations at (702) 414-4100 or the group sales department at (702) 414-4020 or log onto www.venetian.com.

SPEAKING OF NEW TOWERS... the Bellagio resort broke ground on its $375 million Spa Tower, which will feature 925 rooms and suites. Also included is an expansion of the property's spa and salon, an additional 60,000 square feet of meetings and convention space, more room for retail stores and a restaurant. The tower is scheduled for completion in December 2004. For more information, call (888) 987-6667 or visit the resort's Web site at www.bellagio.com.

"OPERATION WELCOME HOME: Las Vegas Salutes the Military" is the city's first coordinated campaign to honor members of the nation's armed forces. As part of the campaign, more than 70 resorts and hotels are offering 20% discounts on regular room rates to active military personnel and their spouses and children through July 4. Some properties also are including dining, shopping and entertainment vouchers with the deal. A list of participating properties is available under the category "Great Deals" at www.vegasfreedom.com or by calling (877) VISIT-LV. To receive the Operation Welcome Home discount, active military personnel or their spouses and children must present valid military IDs at the time of check-in.

THE FLAMINGO LAS VEGAS debuted another 18,000 square feet of meetings space. The new space encompasses 14 rooms -- the Zion Boardroom and Bryce boardrooms, Valley of Fire I and II, Lake Mead I and II and Red Rock I through VIII -- which can be divided to meet almost any specification. The space can, for example, accommodate up to 530 people banquet-style in the 9,400-square-foot Red Rock room or can be used for smaller functions in the Valley of Fire room.

SUNSET STATION HOTEL AND CASINO, located in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, welcomed two new eateries, Adobe Gila, a Mexican-themed margarita cantina, and a 200-seat Hooters restaurant with an oversized round bar that overlooks the property's gaming area. A banquet room for larger parties is scheduled to open later this year.

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