Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 15, 2004

In This Issue: Newkirk’s Notes, New Christmas Photos, New Year’s Eve Updates, VIP New Year’s Availability, KA from Cirque du Soleil, more …
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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! Just a reminder that we are publishing twice a week through the end of the year. We are getting swamped with New Year’s Eve announcements, 2005 concert listings, and more. In fact, a number of hot concert listings just missed this deadline so stay tuned to our next newsletter!

Merry Christmas From Las Vegas – I have a yearly tradition of posting photos from the famed Bellagio Resort Botanical Gardens and their amazing holiday display here in Las Vegas. I didn’t think I’d make deadline this year, so we posted links to previous years photos in our last issue.

However, I made it over and got some great shots posted at Bellagio Gardens Christmas 2004! This year especially, the photos don’t it justice. Snow fell from the ceiling onto the display and the main tree was surrounded by an amazing choreographed water display. For those wondering, this display is virtually all live plants. The trees, the flowers … everything. Another great reason to visit Las Vegas during the holiday season.

Many of you (record numbers) took advantage of the fact that any photo in our gallery can be sent as a free e-card and it’s still not too late to let someone know you are thinking of them during the season!

See the Grand Canyon in a Jet Helicopter! For years Maverick Helicopters has been providing a true VIP Helicopter experience of the Grand Canyon. We do things a little different than any other helicopter Company. We give you an adventure of a lifetime and not just another tour of the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas Strip tours plus Helicopter Weddings also available!

New Year’s Eve Updates – More info added to New Year’s Event Calendar: Las Vegas kicks off our one hundred year centennial this New Year’s Eve with a $600,000 fireworks show taking place up and down the entire Las Vegas Strip! Related links and information:

VIP Club Parties For New Year’s Eve

Cirque du Soleil’s KA – Dubbed “The Most Expensive Show In Modern History” by Las Vegas entertainment writer Mike Weatherford, KA by Cirque du Soleil has opened to rave reviews. Related links:

Gambling Talk: Video Slots – Diamond Cinema – Bogart and Bergman – with Victor H. Royer. Rick’s Cafe American, the intrigue, the love, the immortal song “As Time Goes By”. Here’s looking at you, kid. Once again IGT brings back the nostalgia of the silver screen, in this installment in the Diamond Cinema series of video slots. This week, click to learn all about Video Slots – Diamond Cinema – Bogart and Bergman.

“How Can You Live Here” – is a common question I get during our blazing hot summers from visitors. Well … much of the U.S. is experiencing sub-freezing and abnormally cold weather right now. I’m getting cold just watching it on TV! As that bone-crushing painful chill rips through you, think about how you’d trade it for a 105 degree (F) day sipping a cocktail around a resort swimming pool in Las Vegas. Maybe now is a good time to book a Spring trip to see us.

Speaking of living in Las Vegas …

Vegas Going Condo Crazy – As we reported here recently, high rise condo development is front and center here in Las Vegas now. At first, places like Park Towers and Turnberry were developed. Not wanting to miss out, major gaming companies ranging from MGM Mirage to Hard Rock have jumped on this trend.

Why? High rise living targets the upscale crowd. The people that casinos crave to spend money on gambling, fine dining, and high-end shopping. What better way to attract these people than to sell them a condo right on the casino property!

Upscale visitors aren’t the only group target for this new (to Las Vegas) form of living. With a serious water shortage, condo living makes sense because of shared grounds (instead of every person watering a bunch of grass and plants in their yard). Also, some proposed condos downtown and within a 2-3 mile radius of The Strip are aimed at younger professionals and gaming employees with entry level prices as low as about $150,000.

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Airport Parking Reservations for All US Airports – You know how it is to get to the airport and hunt for parking. Especially during peak times like the holidays. Airport Parking Reservations fixes that problem. You can reserve your parking online, guaranteed and often at a discount. I love this concept! One less thing to worry about when you travel. Check out Airport Parking Reservations.

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Ted Newkirk

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