MGM Mirage to renovate Luxor in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS - The pyramid-shaped Luxor hotel-casino is getting a multimillion dollar makeover.
The name and distinctive shape of the resort near the south end of the Las Vegas Strip will remain the same, but the interior and most hotel rooms will be renovated, said Jenn Michaels, executive spokeswoman for resort owner, MGM Mirage Inc.
'The outside of the Luxor is one of the most famous icons of Las Vegas. We're not going to change that,' Michaels said. 'What MGM Mirage and Luxor are looking to do is deliver on the promise of the dramatic exterior with a series of contemporary dynamic amenities within the resort.'
The phased renovation calls for MGM Mirage and its joint venture partners to spend about $300 million remodeling about 80 percent of the hotel and casino, adding lounges, restaurants and a nightclub.
Magazine names Midwest No. 1 domestic airline
NEW YORK - Midwest Airlines was named best domestic airline in Travel + Leisure magazine's annual readers' survey.
The Milwaukee-based airline has won the honor in the magazine's World's Best Awards eight out of 12 years.
JetBlue, despite highly publicized delays this past winter that led the airline to apologize to customers, came in No. 2 on the top 10 list.
Third was Hawaiian Airlines, followed by USA 3000 Airlines, Aloha Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Horizon Air.
Survey says most drop their green habits while in hotels
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Most people check environmentally responsible behavior at the door when they check into a hotel, according to a survey released by Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Most of those polled said they are less likely to conserve water and electricity while they're away from home. More than six in 10 said they were using more because they knew it would be free.
Nearly 70 percent of respondents said they open a new mini-bottle of shampoo each time they shower at a hotel, and 63 percent said they were more likely to leave the lights on at a hotel than at home.
R.I. asks people not to smoke on beaches
WESTERLY, R.I. - State officials can't force people to stop smoking on the beach, so they're asking nicely.
The state's Environmental Management and Health departments launched a voluntary no-smoking initiative at all state beaches in an announcement at Misquamicut State Beach.
Environmental officials say cigarettes are the top source of litter on beaches.
Proposals to ban smoking on beaches came before the General Assembly this year, supporters agreed to pursue the voluntary initiative first.