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Newsletter: Las Vegas, 7/2/08

Keeping Cool in the Vegas Desert

With the hot desert sun taunting Las Vegas visitors during summer months, it’s time to think about keeping cool. We’ve seen more than one good time ruined for travelers unprepared to do battle with the sweltering heat. Many visitors are simply unprepared to handle Sin City when that mercury hits 100º or more. Be warned, it can creep up on you.

Fortunately we’ve learned our lessons on how to keep the fun going even on the most brutal of days. Of course the obvious answer to keeping cool is to hang out by the pool, taking frequent dips inter-dispersed with spritzes of misty water. However, many people don’t want to loll under the sun all day and would rather be out having experiences.

For those clients, it’s critical to stress that if they choose to take a meandering walk up and down the Strip that it has to be done early in the morning or after 6 p.m., when the relentless heat starts to abate. The desert heat can quickly sap a body of energy, making it tough to go out in the evening, so this is a must.

Suggest they spend bigger chunks of time in a single resort instead of hopping around from place to place. For example, combine shopping, lunch and hitting the tables in one resort, rather than three. Additionally, drinking bottled water can be costly. So tell them to buy one– or bring an empty bottle from home– and refill it at water fountains for free.

The Las Vegas Monorail is a cool way to get around town, literally and figuratively. Soak up the air conditioning with an all-day pass for $9. The monorail stops at most of the properties on the east side of the Strip between MGM Grand and the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Another fun way to keep cool while moving around is with a Segway rental. They’ll keep the breeze blowing while cruising down Las Vegas Boulevard at up to 12 miles per hour. Rent them for $25 an hour or $125 for 24 hours. 

LVCVA Shows Appreciation for Southwest Airlines Employees


The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) hosted an appreciation event for all Southwest Airlines employees at their Love Field Airport headquarters in Dallas.

In this photo, representatives from the LVCVA and the Las Vegas Resort Leisure Sales teams join together to thank Southwest Airlines and Southwest Airlines Vacations employees for their dedication and hard work in promoting Las Vegas.

From left to right: Patricia Bickel, Wynn Las Vegas; Dustin Personius, Planet Hollywood Resort; Jennifer Isa, Treasure Island; Las Vegas showgirl; Las Vegas Elvis impersonator; Sue Covey, LVCVA; Jennifer Parnell, MGM MIRAGE; Brig Lawson, LVCVA; Phil Reynolds, National Artists; Crystal Stewart, Miss USA; John Meyer, LVCVA.

Vegas Gets a Hip New Gallery

Symbolic Gallery is a new art and memorabilia gallery just off the Las Vegas Strip. Its standing exhibits include the world's largest privately held collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia and the world's second-largest privately held collection of original R. Crumb artwork.

The current rotational show is an exhibit of photographs by Mick Rock, famous for documenting the glam and punk eras, being David Bowie's personal photographer during his Ziggy Stardust phase, and creating Lou Reed's "Transformer" album cover, among other works. Through August 1, Symbolic will also be showing "Pop: Images of the British Invasion," a collection of photos by Ian Wright. Wright has has shot a wide range of celebrities, including The Beatles, The Kinks and The Rolling Stones.

Mirage Unveils $40 Million Fine Art Program

MGM Mirage recently unveiled initial plans for CityCenter’s $40 million Fine Art Program. Opening in late 2009, CityCenter will feature works by acclaimed artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Frank Stella, Henry Moore and Richard Long.

The CityCenter Fine Art Program will feature numerous sculptures and fine art installations in both interior and exterior locations, transforming CityCenter into a living museum.

CityCenter, a joint venture of MGM Mirage and Dubai World, will open in late 2009. The more than $8 billion development combines approximately 2,600 private residences; two 400-room non-gaming boutique hotels; Aria, a 61-story, 4,000-room resort casino; and a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district. 

“Sex in Sin City” Las Vegas Escape

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is offering a girl getaway with a two-night stay in a luxurious suite at The Signature at MGM Grand.

Each suite features two bathrooms including a whirlpool spa tub, two showers and one vanity complete with make-up mirror, king-size bed, sofa sleeper, and state-of-the-art kitchen. The Signature at MGM Grand’s “Sex in Sin City” Las Vegas Escape Package also includes cosmopolitans served in keepsake martini glasses, plush, pink chenille robes, chocolate fondue, continental breakfast, private cabana at The Signature pool, and poolside massage services for four, three full hours in a private limo. The Signature’s dedicated Concierge are available to plan the ideal outing.

The Signature at MGM Grand’s “Sex in Sin City” two-night package starts at $425 per person, based on four-person occupancy.  Rates and availability vary.  

Call The Signature at MGM Grand at 800-727-0007.

Stay & Play, Like Bette Midler

Bette Midler and Caesars Palace Las Vegas encourage travelers to celebrate their inner diva with the “Stay & Play” package designed around the star’s critically-acclaimed show, The Showgirl Must Go On. The package includes a one-night stay in a luxurious room, two VIP tickets in preferred seating to The Showgirl Must Go On, and two complimentary drinks at the performance. Packages start at $625.

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Special Website Rates in Las Vegas

Palms Place Hotel & Spa at the Palms Las Vegas is currently running a $159 per night special rate offer via their website that includes the following added values through the summer, all subject to availability, Sunday Through Thursday, through September 1.

•    Poolside Cabana (one day use only)
•    $40 dining credit
•    Two person access to Drift Spa
•    Line Pass to ghostbar/moon/Playboy/RAIN

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