Travel Weekly's Vegas E-Letter: May 6, 2003

FUNJET VACATIONS' Summer Sale is offering clients discounted Las Vegas getaways that can be booked through May 16. Included are roundtrip air and airport transfers, hotel accommodations and taxes, 24-hour travelers' assistance and the services of a Funjet Vacations representative. Sample prices, which are valid for select May and June departure dates on ATA, Ryan Int'l Airlines or TransMeridian Airlines, are $329.99 per person, double, for a four-night stay at the Golden Nugget with air from Cleveland. The sample price is $349.99 for a four-night stay at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino with air from Chicago (O'Hare). Agents can book using the vendor code FUN to access Funjet Vacations through VAX VacationAccess at www.vaxvacationaccess.com; as well as on all four GDSs or by phone (800) 558-3050.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES, which previously had suspended its flights to Las Vegas from April 7 through May 31, terminated Las Vegas service because demand for air travel continues to decline, primarily because of the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and a soft global economy. The carrier began the thrice-weekly service to Las Vegas, via Hong Kong, in August. The flights marked Southeast Asia's first direct service to Las Vegas.

INTERSTATE JET on May 29 will initiate twice-weekly flights to Las Vegas from Stewart Int'l Airport in Newburgh, N.Y. The flights on Thursdays and Sundays will include a stop at Lehigh Valley Int'l Airport, near Allentown, Penn. From there, as reported earlier, the carrier will operate eastern Pennsylvania's first non-stop flights to Las Vegas. Aircraft used for this service will include a B-757-200 with 215 seats. One-way fares start at $99 per person. To book, call (877) 359-5842 or visit www.flyijet.com.

THE LAKE LAS VEGAS resort in Henderson will open the doors of its second casino, the Casino MonteLago, on Thursday. The 40,000-square-foot gaming facility is attached to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which opened in February and is part of the Marriott hotel chain. But the casino is separately owned and operated. The Casino MonteLago joins the 10,000-square-foot Casino Baraka at the Hyatt Lake Las Vegas, which opened in 1999.

THE GUGGENHEIM HERMITAGE MUSEUM at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino will unveil its third exhibition, "American Pop Icons," on May 15. The show, scheduled to run through Nov. 2, is composed of a selection of 28 works that trace the origins of the Pop Art movement. Featured artists include Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Nevada residents and senior citizens, $11 for students and $7 for children ages 6 to 12; admission is free for museum members and children younger than 6. Tickets can be reserved by calling (866) 484-4849. For more information, contact the museum at (702) 414-2440 or visit www.guggenheimlasvegas.org.

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