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Radio Guest List–The Tropicana Las Vegas–March 2, 2013

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When a casino changes in Las Vegas it usually is demolished and replaced with an entirely new hotel and concept. That’s not the case with the new Tropicana Las Vegas, which recently completed a $200 million renovation.  Peter headed to Las Vegas to find out what has changed and what has stayed the same at this historic Strip property.

Tune into this weekend’s broadcast to hear from hotel insiders, the operators of some of the newest and most different Las Vegas attractions, and the latest in spring travel news from Los Angeles Times’ Hugo Martin, Travelocity’s Courtney Scott and The Dallas Morning News’ Terry Maxon.

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Featured guests include:

Hugo MartinLos Angeles Times reporter covering the tourism and travel industry, delivers some bad news about the latest airfare hike and potential new fees for fliers.

John Shors, author of Temple of a Thousand Faces, talks about his recent travels and the allure of the legendary temple of Angkor Wat.

Gwen Velasquez, front desk supervisor and chief clerk at the Tropicana, discusses the many changes she has witnessed while employed at the casino for more than 20 years.

Courtney Scott, senior editor for, looks at the top spring break destinations for 2013 and offers some alternative options.

Amber Smith, director of operations at Dig This in Las Vegas, describes the attraction that lets visitors operate state-of-the-art “Caterpillar” D-5 track-type bulldozer or 315CL hydraulic excavator.

Bob Rossiter, co-author of Beer in the Bilges, describes his journey sailing with actor Hal Holbrook across Pacific to New Zealand.

Will VanDusen, assistant executive chef of the Tropicana Las Vegas, discusses the how the new Tropicana has changed its food and his signature dish at the casino.

Terry Maxon, aviation reporter for The Dallas Morning News, talks about layoffs to hit American Airlines after the merger  and how it will affect future travel plans.

David Perisset, co-founder of Exotics Racing, explains how he created his company that lets everyday drivers race on a real race track with exotic cars.

Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker of The Civil War and Baseball, discusses how his films relate to travel, including his work with Tauck to create “Ken Burns American Journey,” based on his films.

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