Greenpeace to open Las Vegas casino

From whales (the sea-going kind) to whales (the limo-riding kind)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- In an attempt to bolster it's financial position, Greenpeace announced this week that it plans to build a hotel and casino just off of the famous Las Vegas Strip.

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Plans submitted to the Clark County Planning Commission call for a 3300 room hotel-casino complex, complete with conference center, ballrooms, six restaurants, three cafes and eight lounges.

In announcing the planned development, Melinda Rechovich, spokesperson for Greenpeace, said, "This project will promote a favorite cause of our organization, and we hope that it will become the destination in Las Vegas for the very wealthy to feel good about losing large sums of cash. That's how we came up with the double meaning for the hotel: Save the Whales Hotel and Casino."

The property will be managed by the La Couvier Hotels, S.O. which will be responsible for maintaining the earthy image of Greenpeace while attracting well-heeled, high-rollers to it gaming tables—those guests who Las Vegas hoteliers refer to as "whales." Toward that end, La Couvier Hotels will promote what it calls "a hip, new, 'contra-Vegas' image that will stress wholesomeness and modesty."

For instance, cocktail waitresses, wearing traditional Slovakian outfits, will be serving drinks made from natural ingredients and organically grown vegetables. Among the concoctions to be offered are the Carrot Crash, the Soy Slammer, the Beet Bomber, the Spirulina Splash and for couples enjoying the vegetarian honeymoon suite, the Lettuce Alone.

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