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Showgirls in their scanties and an open champagne bar aren’t what you’d normally expect at London-Gatwick Airport at 9am on a Monday, but what happens in Vegas came to London this week, as Gatwick came over all Sin City in honor of British Airways’ inaugural LGW-LAS flight, which left on Monday.
Showgirls, Cirque du Soleil-style performers, a pianist and a bar, Oscar’snamed after former mayor and Vegas man about town Oscar Goodmanwere doing their stuff in the check-in hall, while, through security, an Elvis impersonator (attended by two more showgirls) took up residence at Duty-Free. There were speeches from Silla Maizey, BA's Gatwick Managing Director, as well as the Vegas tourist board. There was even a cake cutting ceremony! Unsurprisingly, most people gravitated to the sequins and champagne.
Okay so the weather has been feeling a whole lot more like the oncoming winter lately. In some cities across the nation the mercury is dropping, fashion has gone from tank tops to turtlenecks, and in Minnesota's case, snow has already fallen. For those of you that just need to get your last days of Summer in, there is an answer. Lake Mead, Nevada.
You know...it's that place visitors to Vegas go to when they're absolutely bored with happens on The Strip. It's just about an hour's drive from the lights and action of LV and serves as a playground for everything summer. After all, it is out in the middle of the desert.
Almost as long as there's been a Jaunted, Nevada Senator and current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been pissing off Jaunted bloggers. In 2008 we took sardonic note of his idiotic statement blaming tourists for the annual DC summer stench. In 2009 we called him a "travel busybody" for killing a bill that would have limited how much Vegas hotels could benefit from stimulus funding. Later that year we rolled our eyes at his push to fine foreign tourists and use that money to promote "Vegas-style tourism." In 2010 we predicted that he'd keep doing that nonsense for a while.
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In case you've been living in an alternate universe (one without TMZ) since yesterday, you've heard by now of Prince Harry's nude hijinks in a Las Vegas suite. While bad for him, it's been great for promoting nakationing and Sin City tourism (not necessarily at the same time). Even Virgin Holidays reported seeing a "Prince Harry Effect" of inquiries for Vegas travel jumping 30%.
Well we feel that Vegas doesn't need the help. That "Prince Harry Effect" could absolutely be used by numerous other world destinations, and here's FIVE in particular:
Mexico: Continuous CNN alerts of drug-related murders in Mexico really detract from the blue waters and cultural vibrance of Mexico's safer areas. A little tan-lined butt flash from Prince Harry would give the country the tad bit of positive press it needs to get similarly pasty-fleshed revelers packing those Pacific beaches.
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Yet more international city badges have just dropped, in time for your summer travels! Location-based social network Foursquare is deep into the city badge awarding, and the last week has seen six new ones, for your checking-in pleasure.
These newest city badges go to Kingston, Jamaica; Trois-Rivières, Quebec; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Portland, OR, USA; Riga, Latvia; and Ghent, Belgium.
How to get the badges: First, follow 4sqCities, and just to be safe, it wouldn't hurt to also follow the individual city lists: Kingston (list); Trois-Rivieres (list); Las Vegas (list); Portland (list); Riga (list); and Ghent (list). Then travel to the cities and clickety-click to check-in to the places on the recommended lists. Five places earns the badge.
June 27. That's the date to mark on your iCal for the first arrivals of airplanes to Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport's new Terminal 3. From this day, T3 at LAS will host domestic flights from seven airlines and international flights from fifteen airlines.
We've been following the progression of this new, $2.4 billion project for some time now and finally the 14 gates allowed the public in to push buttons, flip switches and sniff the new airport air during an Open House this past weekend. Our sister site VegasChatter was in da house, reporting back with observations like, "the WiFi will be free, but the 3G won't be easy" and "it's huge. And, sprawling. In the shape of a double-decker 'H.'"
VegasChatter was lost...and then found, and then confused about the parking situation. Still they emerged with some excellent preview shots of the space and some constructive criticism for those putting finishing touches on traffic signage. Head on over to the full report this-away.
It looks like the rumors can be put to rest for the location of the third 'Hangover' movie, as the guys return to Las Vegas.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Mike Tyson, will film The Hangover 3 "on and off the Strip and at Caesars Palace" this fall.
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Star Trek fans will get a chance to spend ten days exploring some of the sites made famous by the TV series and movies with fellow Trekkies this summer.
Geek Nation Tours (yes, there is a tour company specializing in geek-related itineraries) has teamed up with Star Trek author, historian, consultant and producer, Larry Nemecek for “Exploring Trek Sites: Hollywood to Vegas With Larry Nemecek.”
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Smell that? That's the scent of brand new airport, as Atlanta's Airport opens the doors to their brand new Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal today. The building is 1.2 million square feet with 12 gates, and cost $1.4 billion to complete. Now that is finally completed, however, what can you expect as a traveler winging your way to or from far-away destinations?
Yummy, convenient food options. Pei Wei Asian Diner, The Varsity (classic American burgers and hot dogs), Ecco Kitchen, Jekyll Island Seafood Company, Lorena Garcia Tapas Bar, Maison Mathis, Sweet Auburn Market Café, The Pecan, and The original El Taco will fill out the terminal, and of course there will be a Starbucks. Notice no Sbarro for reheated, overpriced pizza slices! Progress!
(Hopefully) faster, easier security. There'll be two security checkpoints in the new terminal, with a total of 13 lanes. Of course those won't all be in use at the same time, but we have high hopes for an airport that's been designed after 9/11, after the introduction of mobile boarding passes and after years of new security rule after new security rule.
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June in Las Vegas. It's gonna be hot, it's gonna be full of pool parties, and it's gonna have a brand new airport terminal to welcome everyone traveling to Sin City to enjoy those high temps and cool pools. The new Terminal 3 at Las Vegas-McCarran International will open for flights on June 27, becoming home to domestic flights from seven airlines and international flights from 15 airlines.
This thing has been a $2.4 billion dollar project several years in the makingfrom late 2007 to now, in factand the massive building even required a major road be moved to allow space for its 14 gates and 8-level parking structure. When it opens, the terminal will already be at capacity with international arrivals for the summer season, so it's about damn time.
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We hate to admit it, but we actually know who people are talking about when they mention the name Jake Pavelka, not that that happens much anymore. Still, Pavelka is best known as a reality TV show
whore star from The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, Dancing With the Stars, and various other less notable appearances. Before his stint as The Bachelor, however, Pavelka was a pilot.
Being a pilot is much of what made Jake Pavelka sexy. Indeed his season was subtitled "On the Wings of Love," and he appeared in his uniform for Atlantic Southeast Airlines off and on. Since his fame has dropped considerably, we had hoped he'd gone back to flying...
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We've got bad news, good news and awesome news.
The bad news: The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is wrapping up and will end tomorrow, January 13. That means no more fun gadget announcements and breathless product release liveblogs on your favorite tech news sites.
The good news: Thanks to CES, Ford teamed up with in-flight WiFi provider Gogo to offer a free 30 minutes of WiFi on flights heading into or out of Vegas during the CES dates. Sure, that means the free internet access from 35,000-feet comes to a halt tomorrow, but wait...