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Newsletter: Vegas, 6/19/08

Vegas Summer Sale

By Glenn Haussman

With the economy in a freefall, panic is striking Las Vegas hotel managers. Turns out that one of the first things people are cutting back on in these recessionary times is their trip to Vegas. Or if they’re not cutting it out, they’re shortening it up.

Even more worrisome is the fact that the convention season slows down to almost nothing by August. It’s got the major casino corporations in a tizzy.

On the other hand, you and your clients can reap the benefits of this panic. Resorts are slashing prices to lure people into the guestrooms. Las Vegas is on sale. Of course, they’ll have to face that steamy desert sun, but these days it’s possible to never even go outside during a few days’ stay.

Look for the best bargains from Sunday through Thursdays. On the weekends, rooms are still full from people driving in from southern California. As of March, the latest stats from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority show room rates were down 2.7 percent to an average of $132 per night.

Since then, the price of gas has continued to rapidly rise and people are feeling much more pressed. With increased supply and less demand, room prices are continuing to freefall. For example, MGM Grand has prices in July and August that may be $200 on a Saturday but they are low as $90 from Sunday through Wednesday. Luxor has rooms selling for as low as $70 this summer that are almost $200 on weekends. Excalibur, which is getting all new rooms, has deals as low as $59 a night while Stratosphere is running 15 percent off specials that have rooms going for as little as $38 or less.

Also be sure to check out the package deal promotions on the respective hotels’ websites. They throw in other goodies too like spa discounts and VIP nightclub passes. Sometimes they even include better room rates.

And don’t worry about all those expensive meals and shows. Tix 4 Tonight (www.tix4tonight) offers show tickets and dinner deals at up to 50 percent off. That includes Cirque Du Soliel shows and headliners like Gordie Brown.


Free Drinks for Agents

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has partnered with Hawaiian Tropic Zone at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and Vegas Bite Card, to offer a free draft beer or specialty cocktail with any appetizer to Vegas Certified travel agents.

In this photo, LVCVA Leisure Sales Executives Ed Fioravante and John Meyer pose with Vegas Bite Card founder Ingrid Montgomery and the Hawaiian Tropic Zone girls inside the restaurant. As an incentive for becoming Vegas Certified, travel agents receive the Vegas Bite Card, a premium discount card for shows, restaurants, tours, attractions, spas and shopping, which can be used over and over again at select retailers.

Vegas Certified agents can pick up their complimentary Bite Card at Hawaiian Tropic Zone at Planet Hollywood Resort between 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Contact Ed Fioravante at [email protected] at least 30 days prior to your visit. Agents must be Vegas Certified for at least 30 days to qualify for this offer. For more information on becoming Vegas Certified, please visit

SushiSamba and Sugarcane Debut in Las Vegas

SushiSamba and the Sugarcane lounge have opened at the Palazzo Las Vegas on the retail level of The Shoppes at The Palazzo. SushiSamba offers inventive fare that unites Brazilian flavors, Japanese technique and Peruvian culinary traditions on one plate.

At 14,000 square feet, the restaurant will offer a dining room that seats 150 people, a 21-person sushi bar and a main bar accommodating 35 people. Guests are greeted by an architectural glass façade. Dramatic 16-foot ceilings create a soaring atrium that houses the main restaurant space: a vibrant, Brazilian Carnaval-inspired environment. Artful projections move continuously on scrims and walls, with visuals featuring the colors, flavors, and cultures of Japan, Brazil, and Peru.

Also set to debut will be Sugarcane lounge, the first extension of SushiSamba’s New York lounge concept. A dark corridor leads guests to the Sugarcane lounge, a Brazilian, favela-inspired, late-night space with a stage, dance floor and DJ booth. The VIP area includes plush seating, mood lighting and Third World relics. The Sugarcane Lounge has 174 seats and a VIP section seating 20 people. Visit

Double Down Savings on Summer packages to Las Vegas

$50 instant air credit plus $100 MasterCard gift card consumer incentives available on bookings made by July 31.


Earn a $50 instant air credit on air-inclusive packages to Las Vegas from Continental Airlines Vacations. Consumers will also receive a $100 MasterCard® gift card when they purchase Las Vegas packages with a valid MasterCard® card.

Eligible air-inclusive packages must be booked by July 31, for travel now through August 31. A minimum three-night stay is required, and blackout dates apply. The $50 instant air credit and gift card promotion is valid per booking, not per person. Gift cards will be mailed once travel has been completed.

This promotion is valid on new bookings of air-inclusive packages to Las Vegas. Fly/drive packages and group bookings are not eligible. Additional booking, ticketing and travel restrictions may apply.

Continental Airlines Vacations rewards travel agents offering commissions of up to 13 percent on Las Vegas bookings. For reservations or more information, call Continental Airlines Vacations at 1-800-634-5555. Electronic bookings can be made on the Web via VAX Vacation Access (

Pleasant Holidays Adds Virgin America

Pleasant Holidays has added 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. Virgin America features include mood-lit cabins, custom leather seats, power outlets, video-touch screen at every seat featuring 25 on-demand movies, live TV, a food-ordering system and a seat-to-seat chat option.

San Francisco Departures:

Las Vegas $221

Los Angeles $233

San Diego $267

New York (JFK) Departures:

Las Vegas $360

San Francisco $440

Los Angeles $595


Free Cash for Gas

Book a stay at the Tropicana Las Vegas this summer and qualify to win $100 cash.

The Tropicana Las Vegas introduces the “Roll 4 Gas”
promotion, allowing guests a chance at winning $100 cash for gas. To
participate in the promotion, simply book a room at the Tropicana
for travel from now until August 28. Upon arrival, during check-in at the
hotel’s front desk, roll four dice for a chance to win. The different outcomes,
earn certain prizes:

* Three of a Kind = Buffet for Two

* Straight = Island Tower Jacuzzi Suite

* Four of a Kind = $100 Cash for Gas

* Everything Else = Funbook worth over $200

The “Roll 4 Gas” promotion is valid for Sunday through
Thursday arrivals only. One roll of the dice is allowed per room. Promotion
participants must be 21 years of age to roll the dice. Management reserves all
rights to change, cancel, or modify the promotion.

Call 800-462-8767 or visit

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