Entertainment's new "Best Rate Plus Guarantee" program
offers incentives for booking rooms at the company's 18 casino
resorts nationwide -- including five in Las Vegas -- via the
company's Web sites.
Agents who reserve a hotel room via www.caesars.com or through
related company Web sites are guaranteed they will receive the
lowest rate available anywhere on the Internet.
If a lower rate is found on the Web for the same type of room,
Caesars will match the online price and then discount that rate by
an additional 25%.
Caesars Entertainment's Las Vegas properties are Caesars Palace,
Paris Las Vegas, Bally's Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas and the Las
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Speaking of Caesars, Elton John is now part of
the landscape at Caesars Palace -- or at least the foundation of
its new, 949-room hotel tower.
After opening the first shows in his "Red Piano" series at the
Colosseum, John toured the tower construction site. He autographed
a special yellow brick, which symbolizes his hit song "Goodbye
Yellow Brick Road." The brick will be added to the support
structure of the building. The tower will be completed next
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The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino entered
into an alliance with Detroit's Greektown Casino,
owned by the Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa Indians and a group
of Detroit investors, to develop a casino marketing program
targeting Greektown players who want to travel to Las Vegas as an
alternative gaming destination.
In other news, the Rio appointed Michael
Massari as vice president of hotel operations.
Massari, who was involved in developing, implementing and
expanding operations for the property's 100,00-square-foot Pavilion
Convention Center, had served for more than three years as the
executive director of the Pavilion's sales and operations.
In his new position, Massari will oversee hotel operations for
the Rio's 2,500 suites as well as all services. Replacing Massari
as executive director of Pavilion sales and operations is
Reina Herschdorfer, who has been director of
Pavilion sales and operations for the past four years. In her new
role, Herschdorfer will help oversee the convention center's $1
million, 60,000-square-foot expansion.
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Miami Beach-based Invicta Group opened an
office in Las Vegas for an inbound tour operation, Las
Vegas Excitement, that will offer Las Vegas rooms, car and
limousine rentals, air transportation, show tickets and sightseeing
The new subsidiary will feature discounted packages that include
air, airport transfers and accommodations for online customers as
well as for travel agents who do business through Invicta's other
Airplan offers discounted air tickets through www.airplan.com and
will pay 10% commission on the new Las Vegas Excitement packages.
For reservations, call (800) 861-9492 or visit www.lasvegasexcitement.com.
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Travelers now have the option of adding Blue Man Group tickets,
priced at $95 each, to their United Vacations
packages to Las Vegas.
"Blue Man Group -- Live at Luxor" is performed Mondays through
Sundays; show times vary by day. Meanwhile, United Vacations also
added the Four Seasons Las Vegas and the Westin Casuarina Hotel to
its lineup of accommodations.
For more information, agents can call (800) 328-6877. United
Vacations programs can be booked through VAX
VacationAccess or via all four GDSs using vendor code UAV.
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A new package offered by the Imperial Palace
features a ticket to "Legends in Concert," the property's
20-year-old celebrity tribute, and dinner at one of two restaurants
on the hotel's Fifth Floor Dining Plaza.
Priced at $54.95 per person, the plan includes a meal at the Sea
House (for those with tickets to Monday shows) or the Rib House
(tickets to shows on Tuesdays through Saturdays).
The package is valid for both the 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
shows. Tickets can be obtained only through the hotel's show
reservations desk. For more information, call (800) 634-6441 or
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Memphis Championship Barbecue will open a
fourth location early next month at 1401 N. Rainbow Blvd. The new
location, offering almost 8,400 square feet of space, will be the
largest in Las Vegas, seating as many as 240 guests.
The restaurant will feature a bar area, a separate
special-events room that can accommodate up to 80 people and three
family dining rooms that can seat up to 12 people each.
Memphis Championship Barbecue's three other locations are Green
Valley, North Las Vegas and inside the Santa Fe Station Hotel and
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Cuban-American fashion designer Eddie Rodriguez
opened a store by the same name in the Fashion Show
mall. The retail outlet, located on the Strip, features
men and women's clothing, shoes, accessories and home
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Le Cirque at the Bellagio
received its first AAA Five Diamond Award. The restaurant joins two
other Las Vegas restaurants, Picasso (also at the Bellagio) and
Renoir at the Mirage, which were recognized, each for the third
time. The property is the only resort in the U.S. to house two Five
In addition, the Bellagio -- which two years ago was the first
and only Las Vegas hotel and casino to be given the AAA Five
Diamond Award -- received the award for the third straight
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Clients now can book a stay at the Palms Casino
Resort as part of a Worry-Free Vacations
or Northwest Airlines WorldVacations package.
For more information, visit www.worryfreevacationsagent.com or www.nwaworldvacationsagent.com.
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After spending a year performing on the Strip at the Flamingo,
comedian-magician Amazing Johnathan has returned
to the Golden Nugget downtown, where he performs
in the Theatre Ballroom at 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Tickets cost $55, excluding taxes, and can be purchased by
calling the Golden Nugget box office at (702) 386-8100 or (866)
946-5336 or by visiting the resort's Web site at www.goldennugget.com. Those under age 18 will not be
admitted without a parent or legal guardian.
To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected] .