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VEGAS.com Launches Weekly Podcast

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- September 20, 2005 -- VEGAS.com, the #1 purveyor of information on Las Vegas and innovator in digital technology, today announced a new weekly free audio Podcast. Vegas in 5, http://www.vegas.com/vegasminute/, is available through the VEGAS.com website and also appears in Apple's iTunes Podcast Directory. Starting today, users can access the latest information straight from Vegas, including new restaurants, shows, nightclubs and upcoming events.

As the leading online destination for Vegas travel, entertainment and information on the city, Vegas in 5 will provide consumers exclusive news, insider tips, and a range of critical information on hotels, shows and happenings in the city - all delivered with humor, passion and knowledge by editors and writers from VEGAS.com, the same company that produces The Vegas Minute, seen in news broadcasts across the country. In addition, i nterviews with Vegas entertainers, hotel executives and business leaders provide first-hand information on the ever-changing city.

The initial lineup of content for each podcast includes:

  • Show, restaurant and hotel updates
  • Strip club reviews from Dan Hippler
  • Sports betting advice from Paul Mello
  • Insider tips and information from Jennifer Whitehair and the company's entire publications team

Currently the most talked-about phenomenon in online media, podcasts are self-created audio programs that users can download as MP3 files, which can be listened to on desktop computers or uploaded to portable digital audio players, such as iPods. Podcasting is a method of publishing audio content to the Web that allows users to subscribe to a feed that will let them know when new podcasts, or episodes of a given program are available.

"VEGAS.com is very excited to add podcasting to our already in-depth online and offline offerings for people traveling to Vegas, the most popular leisure destination in the United States," says Howard Lefkowitz, President of VEGAS.com. "Since VEGAS.com's staff consists of more than 300 local experts who know the city inside and out, these new Vegas-focused podcasts allow enthusiasts and travelers to get up close and personal with our team and our city in a brand-new way."

A ccording to a recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, more than 22 million American adults own iPods or MP3 players, and 29 percent of them have downloaded podcasts from the Web so that they could listen to audio files at a time of their choosing.

About www.VEGAS.com
VEGAS.com is the most comprehensive website for the most entertaining city in the world: Vegas. Ranked as the world's No. 1 city travel site by comScore Media Metrix, and one of the world's top 50 travel sites by Alexa, VEGAS.com features nearly all of the city's hotels, shows, restaurants, tours and golf courses in one place. Book online at www.vegas.com or espanol.vegas.com, call 1-800-851-1703 or 1-888-719-4040 in Spanish, or visit one of more than a dozen retail locations at major hotels including the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Paris, Bally's, the Palms and the Stardust. VEGAS.com is the key to finding, planning and reserving at spas, restaurants, entertainment and strip clubs, casinos, attractions nightclubs and events and provides up-to-date and extensive information that enables visitors to effectively plan their entire trip. Located in Henderson, Nevada, VEGAS.com was launched in 1998 and is owned by the Greenspun Family, who has significant interests in the media, communication, real estate and gaming industries. In addition, the family is partners with Cox Communications of Las Vegas and Landmark Communications in a 24-hour local, all-news cable channel.

Contact: Pamela Johnston

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