Work begins onHong Kong Disneyland
The Walt Disney Company broke ground Jan. 12 in Hong Kong for Hong Kong Disneyland, a theme park scheduled to open in 2005 or 2006.
The 310-acre site on North Lantau Island will include the park, two hotels and retail, dining and entertainment outlets.
The park, a joint venture between Disney and the Hong Kong government, is expected eventually to draw 10 million visitors per year.
North Lantau Island is the largest of the many islands that are part of Hong Kong. It can be reached by a roadway crossing from the mainland to the northern tip of the island, as well as by several ferry routes.
3 new casinos to openthis year in Las Vegas
Las Vegas-bound gamblers can expect three new properties to open this year, says the January issue of Las Vegas Advisor newsletter.
Most notable is the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, a Mediterranean-style resort with casino and 36 holes of golf, taking reservations for later this month.
It's located 17 miles east of the Strip.
The other openings are Cannery, a North Las Vegas locals casino, and Tuscany, part of an all-suites hotel on East Flamingo Road.
Expansions are planned at six big casinos this year.
As 2002 came to a close, Wildfire, a small casino across from Texas Station, opened.
Also new last year was Neonopolis, an entertainment complex on Fremont Street.
Guide to overlooksin Pennsylvania
Travelers who like to take the long view will appreciate a newly published book called "Pennsylvania Overlooks: A Guide for Sightseers and Outdoor People," by Art Michaels (Penn State University Press, 2003).
The book covers 47 overlooks statewide with pictures and text, offering details on what to see and do near each site.
The guide's 6-by-9-inch format lets it fit into the glove compartment, at hand for weekend getaways.
The $15.95 book is in stores or available through the publisher at www.psupress.org on the Web.