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Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas Creates a Club for Seniors : Rooms for $37 nightly, free buffets and other inducements come with 'Gold Club' membership.

August 29, 1993|HANK KOVELL

The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas has started its "Gold Club," which provides members, who must be over the age of 50, with guest room discounts, year-round special events, slot machine tournaments, a free daily buffet, free shows and other inducements.

Gold Club members receive a $37-per-night room rate throughout the year, seven nights a week, on a space-available basis. However, special dates are frequently set aside during which members may obtain rates as low as $19 per room. Members are notified of such discounts and all other activities through special coupons sent by mail or via the Gold Club free membership newsletter. This publication also offers tips for seniors on health, retirement and other subjects.

To apply for free membership, phone or write the Riviera Hotel and request a temporary card. On their next visit to Las Vegas, applicants can pick up a permanent card at the Riviera, at which time proof of age will be required. Each new member also receives a gift package. The Riviera Gold Club: P.O. Box 80208, Las Vegas, Nev. 89180-0208; (800) 637-5687.


Next year marks the 15th anniversary of Interhostel, a program developed by the University of New Hampshire for active adults over the age of 50, and which offers more than 40 travel/study programs in 25 countries every year.

Interhostel should not be confused with another study program for seniors, Elderhostel, most of whose programs are offered at domestic universities. Both programs include guest accommodations on college campuses and a wide choice of study subjects, although Interhostel does provide off-campus living quarters in certain areas.

Interhostel programs include all meals, room accommodations, lectures by local experts and university faculty, field trips and sightseeing, visits to museums and nearby points of interest, meeting local residents, cultural performances and social activities, and ground transportation and air fare from the group departure city to program site and return. There are no membership dues.

Most Interhostel programs last two weeks.

Destinations include Burgundy and Paris, France; Budapest, Jerusalem and Venice. There are also programs in New Zealand, Nepal, Thailand, China and Australia. Programs in Europe depart from New York or Boston, and the price ranges from $2,350 to $2,795. Programs for China, Australia and New Zealand depart from Los Angeles and costs are somewhat higher.

A free catalogue describing Interhostel itineraries and program components, as well as prices, is available by calling (800) 733-9753 between 5 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. PDT.

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