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Coming Soon: Las Vegas Show Report
By Glenn Haussman
Whether your client is a little bit country or a little bit rock and roll, there is a Las Vegas headliner that’s perfect for them. Case in point: Starting September 9, 1970s icons Donny and Marie are coming back with an all new variety show at the Flamingo.
The 90-minute show will feature their biggest hits, as well as multimedia effects and a dance team. It’s the first time in nearly 30 years that this duo is pairing up for an extended run in Las Vegas, and the early buzz on the show is highly positive. Tickets range from $85 to $115. But a $250 VIP package will satiate diehard fans, which includes seating right up front and a post show photo-op. Go to www.FlamingoLasVegas.com for complete details.
Another show getting strong pre-opening buzz is CRISS ANGEL Believe. The new Cirque du Soleil show opens for previews on September 1 at Luxor Las Vegas and takes a decidedly gothic approach to its look and feel. What we like about the Cirque approach is that every new show features a distinct new look and feel. With LOVE at Mirage, they took on the the Beatles. Now, they are taking on magic and illusion with the A&E network's "Mindfreak" television star. Ticket prices range from $59 to $150. Learn more at www.cirquedusoleil.com/crissangel.
Famed Las Vegas headliner Danny Gans is also bolting Mirage for the soon to debut Encore. It’s expected that he will take up residence there in early 2009. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Gans, who has been performing at Mirage since 2000 when then owner Steve Wynn built him a theater there. Now, Wynn has lured him to his newest casino resort, Encore, which is expected to open later this year. More information on the show and ticket availability is forthcoming.
Though it’s been playing for several months already, Bette Midler is performing at Caesars Palace in "The Showgirl Must Go On." The show is locked in for at least 200 shows over two years and ends with her blockbuster hit "Wind Beneath My Wings." Tickets range in price from $95 to $250 and tickets are available at 877-723-8836 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Pleasant Holidays Adds Virgin America and JetBlue
Pleasant Holidays has added JetBlue flights and Virgin America flight options to its vacation package product line. Pleasant Holidays customers can now book Virgin America's nonstop flights from San Francisco to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego; as well as New York City to Las Vegas, Los Angeles or San Francisco.
Pleasant Holidays customers can take JetBlue nonstop flight options to Las Vegas, Mexico, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Visit www.pleasantagent.com.
Harrah’s Entertainment to Offer Guests Carbon Offsets
Harrah’s Operating Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., and NativeEnergy, an international marketer of high quality carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs), have agreed to provide Harrah’s guests the opportunity to mitigate the global warming impact of their travel to Harrah’s managed resorts by purchasing carbon offsets from from NativeEnergy to support new renewable energy initiatives, such as farmer-owned wind turbines and family farm methane recovery projects.
Harrah’s plans to make NativeEnergy’s carbon offsets available immediately for meetings, special events, and conventions. Ultimately, the program will be extended to its Total Rewards members and other segments of its customer base. Visit www.nativeenergy.com.
Revamped Website for Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority
Those seeking information about Reno-Tahoe have a new one-stop web portal with the redesigned www.visitrenotahoe.com. The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) launched the site with the goal of combining a better user experience with new tools for travelers. A clean design provides a snapshot overview of upcoming events and entertainment, blog updates, Reno-Tahoe video, travel deals and the latest news about the destination. The site also links visitors to the best rates on local accommodations through its online "Best Rates" program. Users can view sample travel itineraries, learn about outdoor recreation and book activities.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Now through December 25, experience this vibrant city in your own style, at your own pace, with the Oasis of Serenity Package. With rates starting at $330, the Oasis Package includes luxurious accommodations plus a $75 credit per room per day. Use the credit toward an unforgettable meal at Verandah Restaurant, featuring varied regional and international cuisine created by Executive Chef Michael Goodman. Or experience the ultimate in relaxation with a signature treatment at The Spa. The credit can also be used toward any other incidental charges.
Call 866-683-3437 or visit www.fourseasons.com/lasvegas/packages.
Starting this month Funjet Vacations, in partnership with the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA), is giving travel agents even more chances to win with its Fun for Life program. When Fun for Life members book selected air/hotel vacations to Las Vegas properties between July 1 to October 18 for travel July 1 through Dec. 31, they have the chance to win an $8,000 American Express gift card and a trip to Las Vegas. Agents can also win additional prizes by hitting monthly targets for selected Las Vegas properties. Fun for Life gives agents a chance to earn prizes for selling Funjet Vacations. The agents earn “Fun-Jets,” which act like points, for every Funjet Vacations booking; “Fun-Jets” are accrued and can be redeemed for cash and prizes.
The top two revenue producers for air/hotel package bookings, over the course of the entire incentive program, will win:
Top seller: $8,000 American Express gift card
- 1,000 bonus “Fun-Jets”
- A trip to Las Vegas including roundtrip airfare, transfers, three-night hotel accommodations and lunch with LVCVA representatives
Second highest seller: $4,000 American Express gift card
- 1,000 bonus “Fun-Jets”
- A trip to Las Vegas including roundtrip airfare, transfers, three-night
For complete details, contact a Funjet Vacations sales representative or visit the “Incentives” section in the Funjet Vacations vendor center at http://www.vacationaccess.com.
Future Vacations and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) have teamed-up to launch a new “Hit the Numbers, Hit the Jackpot” travel agent booking incentive offering agents the chance to earn cash rewards totaling $14,000. Prizes will be awarded based on monthly room night sales, with agents booking the highest number of room nights each month between June 15 and October 15 hitting the jackpot. Monthly cash rewards are as follows:
• First Prize – Two (2) cash rewards of $500
• Second Prize – Four (4) cash rewards of $250
• Third Prize – 15 cash rewards of $100
Future Vacations bookings eligible for “Hit the Numbers, Hit the Jackpot” prizes may be made electronically or via phone, and both land-only, as well as air-inclusive bookings are valid. Group bookings are eligible as well. Agents must sell a minimum of three Future Vacations bookings to Las Vegas within each promotional month to qualify for prizes. Future Vacations packages to Las Vegas are commissionable up to 13 percent for travel agents. For reservations, agents can book electronically via VAX Vacation Access (www.vaxvacationaccess.com).