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This Week: News about Frontier Airlines, Gray Line of Alaska, and Laughlin, Nevada

Tuesday, September 16 2008 14:01   Western Travel Buzz
Frontier Airlines to Expand Rocky Mountain Service

Want another way to get to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for some winter snow play? Frontier Airlines says they've got one for you.

Starting Dec. 18, Frontier will begin daily nonstop service between Denver and Steamboat Springs/Hayden. Frontier will serve the Steamboat Springs market with its fleet of 10 Bombardier Q400 aircraft operated by Lynx Aviation, a subsidiary of Frontier Holdings Inc.
"With Frontier's new service, skiers and snowboarders from across the country will have convenient travel options to reach Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A. and its legendary Champagne Powder snow this winter," said Rob Perlman, vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat. "With the addition of Frontier, Steamboat further solidifies its position as being the most conveniently accessed resort in the Colorado Rocky Mountains."

As an added convenience, Frontier will remove four of the 74 seats inside the aircraft to make room for skis and other snow equipment. This will allow Frontier customers to go straight from the plane to the slopes without delay, the airline said.

The seasonal Steamboat Springs service will run from Dec. 18, 2008 to April 22, 2009. Frontier's EarlyReturns members will earn double miles on Steamboat Springs/Hayden flights through Jan. 31, 2009. Frontier's web site:

Gray Line of Alaska Unveils 2009 Alaska, Yukon Tours and Packages

Gray Line of Alaska has released its 2009 tours and travel packages for Alaska and the Yukon Territory, with a wide array of choices including self-drive tours, escorted group tours, Denali National Park tours, and custom group tours.

Details are available in the company's 2009 brochure, and Gray Line of Alaska said it is now taking reservations.

Highlights of the 2009 season include two new self-drive tours to Homer and Valdez, two escorted land tour itineraries, the popular Denali Sampler and the ability to customize any itinerary to suit each traveler's schedule and desired route.

"What sets Gray Line apart is the ability to customize any tour," said Mark Mumm, director of sales and marketing. "We have the knowledge and infrastructure - day boats, trains, motor coaches - at our fingertips. While we do have a number of pre-planned tours available, we are proud of the expertise and personal attention we dedicate to each guest or group to create their ideal travel itinerary or customize an existing tour."

Self-Drive Tours

The pre-planned self-drive tours include a rental car, a set itinerary, hotel reservations and select tours along the way such as a glacier cruise. Homer by Car is a seven-day tour roundtrip from Anchorage with stops in Seward, Alyeska and Homer. Valdez by Car is a nine-day tour roundtrip from Anchorage with stops in Valdez, Glennallen, Fairbanks and Denali.

Also offered again this year is Alaska by Car, a seven-day tour roundtrip from Anchorage, and Alaska by Car with McKinley Explorer which adds one day to visit Denali by train.

Escorted Group Tours

For those travelers who want to explore Alaska while enjoying the camaraderie of a group, there are two pre-planned group tours available. Guests traveling on an escorted tour enjoy the convenience of a tour guide accompanying them for the entire trip to handle logistics and provide information.

The Escorted Great Land Explorer is an eight-day tour from Fairbanks to Anchorage visiting Talkeetna, Denali and Seward. The Escorted Alaska Explorer is an eight-day tour roundtrip from Anchorage visiting Talkeetna, Denali, Alyeska and Seward.

Denali Tours

Visiting Denali National Park for a chance to see wildlife and spectacular Mt. McKinley is at the top of most people's list of things to do in Alaska. Gray Line offers a number of tours. The most popular is the three-day, two-night Denali Sampler. The tour begins with overnight accommodations in Anchorage or Fairbanks before traveling via a deluxe motor coach or on the luxurious McKinley Explorer train to Denali. An extra night in Denali may be added and all transfers are included.

Gray Line has a diverse selection of day tours and adventures available for booking with a travel agent, online at or at Gray Line offices located throughout Alaska and the Yukon. Day trips are available in Anchorage, Alyeska, Seward, Talkeetna, Denali National Park, Fairbanks, Skagway, and Juneau, Alaska; and in Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Excursions include city tours, flightseeing, rafting, jeep tours, wildlife sightseeing tours, museums and hiking.

Custom Group Tours

Besides planning custom tours for individual travelers, Gray Line of Alaska also plans trips for groups. Whether touring the interior of Alaska and the Yukon or taking a quick trip to Denali after a cruise, groups can personalize the trip with the addition of sightseeing tours, meals and beverages, parties, private shuttles and more. Itineraries can be tailored to fit group needs and preferences including flexible departure times and routes.

Arrangements and reservations for Alaska tour packages can be made with a travel agent or through the Gray Line web site at or by calling (800) 544-2206. Gray Line of Alaska is a division of Holland America Line, Inc.

Laughlin, Nevada: Do you Own It?

Well, that's what the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the Laughlin Visitors Bureau would like you to think, so you'll visit this great tourist spot on the Colorado River.

The re-energized brand, "Laughlin. It's Like You Own the Place," and renewed vision emphasize is supposed to give the impression of VIP treatment, as well as convenience and affordability that they say anyone can experience in Laughlin.

"Laughlin offers a combination of affordability, amenities and scenic riverfront location unmatched anywhere," said Terry Jicinsky, senior vice president of marketing for the LVCVA.

Laughlin sits on the banks of the Colorado River and is just 90 miles south of Las Vegas. Jicinsky said research behind the campaign found that the river and accompanying water activities are the distinguishing factors for Laughlin among other southern Nevada destinations.

A getaway to Laughlin combines the excitement of a casino destination with the beauty, ambiance and recreation of the Colorado River. From riding the waves on jet skis to relaxing in a scenic beachside cabana, there is something for every outdoor enthusiast, he said.

In addition to year-round access to Las Vegas-style accommodations and a wide array of recreational activities, Laughlin has also become one of the leading special events destinations in the Southwest. Laughlin's River Stampede PRCA Rodeo, Xtreme Bulls event, and SCORE International Off-Road Racing offer much for the adventurous spectator.

For more information, see the Laughlin Visitors Bureau web site at


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