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ARIA Resort & Casino

Hotel Contact:
3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89158
United States
Main: 702.590.7171
Email: Email Hotel Ashley Wright
Business Development Manager: Ashley Wright
Website: www.arialasvegas.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.5
Chain MGM Resorts International
Opened 2009
Guest Rooms 4,004
Kings/Suites/Doubles 2,910 / 568 / 1,094
Room Rates High $179 - 799 Low $129 - 239
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
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Max Group Size 5000

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee $35.84
Room Tax 12%
Sales Tax 8.10%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 51,225ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 300,000ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 300,000ft²

Airport Proximity

McCarran International Airport
7 min 4 miles (5 km)

Business:

Business center; six convention registration desks; built-in audiovisual systems with HD video projectors; floor and ceiling electrical power distribution; full-production rigging; truck docks with commercial dock plates; patchable fiber
Ethernet cable
broadband
and best-in-class Wi-Fi.

Recreation:

More than two dozen restaurants
bars
and lounges; four pools; spa and fitness center; casino; and Jewel Nightclub
Hakkasan Group’s new nightlife experience.

Nearby:

The retail and entertainment district The Shops at Crystals; Las Vegas Convention Center and all the myriad attractions of the Las Vegas Strip; Lake Mead; Hoover Dam; and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Onsite Dining: Capacity
AMERICAN FISH by Michael Mina
206
Seafood
barMASA
228
Japanese Cuisine
Blossom
170
Chinese Cuisine
Cafe Vettro
602
24-hour Cafe
Javier's
363
Mexican cuisine
Jean Georges Steakhouse
266
steak house
Jean Philippe Patisserie
98
Pastry Shop
Julian Serrano
217
Spanish tapas
Lemongrass
228
Thai
Sage
341
creative American Cuisine
Sirio Ristorante
283
Italian Cuisine
Tetsu Teppan Grill
46
Japanese Teppan
The Buffet
582
Buffet

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet N/A Cont. N/A
Lunch Buffet N/A Plated N/A
Dinner Buffet N/A Plated N/A
Coffee Break N/A
2-Hour Open Bar N/A
Elite Overview Planner Ratings & Reviews
Elite Rating Average Planner Rating
This property has been certified Elite Platinum and meets at least 25 of Elite Meetings Criteria.
This endorsement is an independent unbiased determination granted only to the hotels meeting the standards set by the Elite Meetings Advisory Board. Elite endorsement is never sold or licensed.
4.5
16 reviews
Arrival Experience:
4.5
Accommodations:
4.7
Food & Beverage:
4.5
Guest Service Experience:
4.6
Conference Services Staff:
4.4
Meeting and Function Facilities:
4.6
Activity or Recreation Options:
4.7
Planner-to-Planner Recommendation:
3.7
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Bristlecone Ballroom 4,759 71.9 x 66.8 7 51,225 236' x 220' 24 3,200 5,100 3,400 0 0 0 0 0
Ironwood Ballroom 3,535 53.3 x 66.8 7 38,049 176' x 220' 24 2,200 3,800 2,500 0 0 0 0 0
Juniper Ballroom 1,846 27.7 x 66.8 6 19,871 91' x 220' 20 1,300 2,000 1,340 0 0 0 0 0
Pinyon Ballroom 3,537 53.3 x 66.8 7 38,070 176' x 220' 24 2,200 3,800 2,500 0 0 0 0 0
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Property News
HYATT AND MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCE NEW LOYALTY PROGRAM RELATIONSHIP
Posted June 6, 2013
New strategic relationship between Hyatt Gold Passport and MGM Resorts’ M life expected to be largest loyalty program collaboration in Las Vegas
HYATT AND MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCE
NEW LOYALTY PROGRAM RELATIONSHIP

New strategic relationship between Hyatt Gold Passport and MGM Resorts’ M life
expected to be largest loyalty program collaboration in Las Vegas

CHICAGO/LAS VEGAS (June 5, 2013) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today announce an unprecedented relationship between their affiliates that will offer substantial benefits to members of their loyalty programs, Hyatt Gold Passport and MGM Resorts’ M life. Starting June 20, Hyatt Gold Passport members will be able to earn and redeem Hyatt Gold Passport points at 12 iconic participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas, and M life members will be able to earn M life Tier Credits when staying at Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world.

The relationship between Hyatt, with more than 450 hotels and resorts worldwide, and MGM Resorts International, with approximately 40,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas across 12 participating properties, is expected to be the largest loyalty program collaboration in Las Vegas.

“Our new relationship with MGM Resorts International underscores Hyatt’s focus on listening to guests and developing innovative strategies that set us apart and add value to loyalty program membership,” said Jeff Zidell, senior vice president, Hyatt Gold Passport. “We know The Las Vegas Strip is an important destination for our members, and now they will have the chance to earn points and redeem award nights at 12 outstanding resorts from Bellagio to MGM Grand to Mandalay Bay.”

Beginning June 20, participating MGM Resorts destinations can be booked through Hyatt.com and Hyatt Worldwide Reservation Centers in addition to mlife.com and individual MGM Resorts property websites. Guests with membership in Hyatt Gold Passport and M life will be able to earn both Hyatt Gold Passport points and M life Tier Credits on eligible rates and spend for stays beginning on or after June 20 at participating MGM Resorts destinations.

Bill Hornbuckle, president and chief marketing officer, MGM Resorts International, said, “The new alliance with Hyatt provides M life members with access and added benefits to destinations around the world while exposing our world-class Las Vegas resorts and M life loyalty program to even more savvy travelers. Whether choosing Las Vegas or another part of the world, members’ experiences will be enhanced through this relationship.”

The participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas are: Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, MGM Grand,The Signature at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur.

Beginning June 20, the relationship will provide Hyatt Gold Passport members and MGM Resorts’ M life members with the benefits outlined below.

Hyatt Gold Passport Benefits
· Hyatt Gold Passport members will receive Hyatt Gold Passport points on every eligible dollar spent at the 12 participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas. Members will also have the opportunity to earn M life Tier Credits simultaneously at these locations on eligible spend.
· All eligible stays at any of the participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas will count toward Hyatt Gold Passport tier status.
· Hyatt Gold Passport members will be able to redeem their Hyatt Gold Passport points for award nights at participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas.
· Coming in August, Hyatt Gold Passport members will be eligible to opt-in to a reciprocal tier status in MGM Resorts’ M life, providing benefits at participating MGM Resorts destinations. Depending on the matched Tier Level, members may receive special room offers and upgrades, pre-sale access to premier concert, show and fight tickets, invitations to members-only events, access to M life Moments – exclusive experiences, and much more.

M life Benefits
· M life members will receive M life Tier Credits for eligible spend when traveling beyondMGM Resorts destinations, in Las Vegas, Detroit and Mississippi, when they stay at Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide.
· M life members will have the opportunity to experience destinations and cultures across the globe with the authentic hospitality that Hyatt offers while earning M life Tier Credits.
· Coming in August, M life members will be eligible to opt-in to a reciprocal tier status in Hyatt Gold Passport, providing benefits at Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide. Depending on the matched Tier Level, members may receive complimentary in-room Internet access, guaranteed room availability, late check-out and more during their Hyatt stay.

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit hyatt.com/mlife or mlife.com’s Preferred Partner’s Page. To sign up for Hyatt Gold Passport, visit www.goldpassport.com. To sign up for M life, visit mlife.com.
*Source: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company also owns 51% of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is in the process of developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50% of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA resort and casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt House® brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt ResidencesTM and Hyatt Residence ClubTM. As of March 31, 2013, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 508 properties in 46 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Forward-Looking Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include statements about our plans, strategies, occupancy and ADR trends, market share, margin trends, the number of properties we expect to open in the future, our expected adjusted SG&A expense, capital expenditures, depreciation and amortization expense and interest expense estimates, financial performance, expected funding under performance guarantees, prospects or future events and involve known and unknown risks that are difficult to predict. As a result, our actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “could,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “likely,” “will,” “would” and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management, are inherently uncertain. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, among others, general economic uncertainty in key global markets, the rate and pace of economic recovery following economic downturns; levels of spending in business and leisure segments as well as consumer confidence; declines in occupancy and average daily rate; limited visibility with respect to short and medium-term group bookings; our ability to successfully achieve certain levels of operating profit at hotels that have performance guarantees with our third-party owners; the impact of hotel renovations; our ability to successfully execute and implement our organizational realignment; our ability to successfully execute our common stock repurchase program; loss of key personnel, including as a result of our organizational realignment; hostilities, including future terrorist attacks, or fear of hostilities that affect travel; travel-related accidents; changes in the tastes and preferences of our customers; relationships with associates and labor unions and changes in labor law; the financial condition of, and our relationships with, third-party property owners, franchisees and hospitality venture partners; if our third-party owners, franchisees or development partners are unable to access the capital necessary to fund current operations or implement our plans for growth; risk associated with potential acquisitions and dispositions and the introduction of new brand concepts; changes in the competitive environment in our industry and the markets where we operate; outcomes of legal proceedings; changes in federal, state, local or foreign tax law; foreign exchange rate fluctuations or currency restructurings; general volatility of the capital markets; our ability to access the capital markets; and other risks discussed in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, which filings are available from the SEC. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws. If we update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.
Four MGM Resorts International Properties Awarded Highest Green Key Meetings Rating
Posted November 14, 2012
Elite recognition in sustainable hotel operations
LAS VEGAS - Nov. 14, 2012 - Green Key Global, the largest international certification body evaluating sustainable hotel operations, has awarded the prestigious “5 Green Keys" rating to four MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) properties for its Green Key Meetings Program, including Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and MGM Grand Las Vegas. The four MGM resorts are the first in the United States to receive "5 Green Keys" for meetings, and among an elite group of only six total in North America.

MGM Resorts remains one of the most productive meeting and convention destinations in the world, offering award-wining experiences throughout its three million square feet of meeting and convention space. In addition, each of the 11 MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas as well as Reno and in Tunica and Biloxi, Mississippi and in Detroit, Michigan has taken substantial steps in their commitment to sustainability.

“Green Advantage is MGM Resorts International’s platform to ensure that environmentally-conscious decisions are at the forefront of our business operations and facilities. We are pleased to have earned the five-key distinction from Green Key Global, validating the significant efforts of our team to build a world class green meeting program,” said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer.

The designation of 5 Keys is awarded to hotels that exemplify the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility in relation to their meetings and convention facilities and practices.

“Now, more than ever, the Meeting Planner community is seeking innovative, sustainable solutions when hosting their events,” said Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice President of Sales for MGM Resorts International. “As this is an integral part of the meeting planner organization's objectives, we are extremely proud to be a solution provider meeting environmental expectations while still providing world-class, award-winning service,” Dominguez added.

Green Key Meetings is a comprehensive assessment tool for eco-friendly resorts and hotels that hold meetings of any size. It is designed to provide Travel, Meeting and Conference Planners with a sense of a hotel’s level of commitment to environment issues. Overall, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program has more than 2,850 member hotels and is the foremost “green” ranking and audit program in North America.

“As the first U.S. chain to introduce the Green Key Meetings Program to its portfolio, MGM Resorts has demonstrated that practicing environmental stewardship need not affect the quality of an event but can, in fact, enhance its success,” said Tony Pollard, Managing Director of Green Key Global. “That these four Las Vegas properties have all achieved the highest rating is a testament to their dedication to sustainability within all aspects of their operations.”

Green Key Meetings ranks venues on a level of 1 to 5 keys, with 5 being the highest ranking. Keys are awarded based on how properties perform in six conference and meeting areas: Core Areas (carbon, energy, water, waste, air quality), Communication (information, training), Activities (purchasing, auditing, community), People (health), Exhibitions, and Audio/Visual. The Green Key Meetings properties and rankings are listed at http://www.greenkeyglobal.com/greenkeymeetings.asp.

MGM Resorts’ approach to sustainability focuses on five core areas - natural resources conservation, sustainable construction and renovation, waste management, sustainable supply chain and education and communication. This strategic framework of raising environmental awareness and promoting sustainability forms the company's sustainability platform, called Green Advantage. Green Advantage is fundamentally changing the way MGM Resorts, its properties and its 62,000 employees do business.

The Meeting and Convention spaces across MGM Resorts are extending the level of environmental commitment through substantial initiatives for implementing sustainable features. By example, meeting spaces are retrofitted with light sensors and energy efficient lighting and custom programs to deactivate heating, ventilation and air conditioning while spaces are not in use. Comprehensive recycling programs also divert 37.9 percent of all materials from landfills each year. Resorts also offer specialty menus featuring wide selections of organic, sustainable and Fair Trade products as well as additional options for meetings to reduce water consumption.
In 2011, MGM Resorts International was awarded 12 Green Key Hotel rankings for designation of green business operations. At the core of CityCenter, ARIA Resort & Casino was awarded LEED Gold certification for sustainable design and construction from the U.S. Green Building council.
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About Green Key Global
Green Key Global is a leading environmental certification body offering a suite of programs and resources designed specifically for the lodging industry. The Green Key Meetings Program ranks and certifies hotels and resorts based on their commitment to sustainable “green” meeting and conference operations. Developed by Green Key Global and MPI Foundation Canada, the Meetings program delivers relevant green meeting practices by providing specific green requirements that meeting planners expect from hotels. This partnership is a long term commitment to supporting the principles of people, planet and profit. In the United States, delivery of Green Key programs is a joint venture between the Hotel Association of Canada and LRA Worldwide, Inc. For more information, visit www.GreenKeyGlobal.com.

About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
JAVIER’S IGNITES LAS VEGAS’ ARIA WITH FINEST FOODS FROM MEXICO AND CAPTIVATING ATMOSPHERE
Posted October 11, 2012
Hit Southern California and Los Cabos Mexican Restaurant Makes Strip Debut
LAS VEGAS (October 11, 2012) – Southern California hotspot Javier’s is now open at ARIA Resort & Casino. Javier’s regionally inspired cuisine and warm, intriguing design brings a spirit of Mexican grandeur to CityCenter while fulfilling a culinary niche for Las Vegas visitors.

“The dishes we present at Javier’s are derived from generations upon generations of my family’s recipes,” said Co-Founder Javier Sosa. “You will not find Mexican flavor like this anywhere else in Vegas.” A testament to Javier’s commitment to excellence and tradition, the restaurant’s nearly 200 employees underwent extensive training overseen by Sosa himself.

Bill McBeath, President and COO of CityCenter said, “Javier’s is an excellent complement to ARIA’s outstanding culinary offerings and introduces a completely new concept to the Las Vegas market. As a fan of Javier’s locations in Southern California, I can attest to the incredible experience and am confident this will quickly become a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike.”

Characterized by its authentic cooking techniques and fresh, high-quality ingredients, Javier’s regionally influenced Mexican-style fare is unrivalled outside of Mexico and features mouth-watering seafood, steaks, chicken and a selection of vegetarian dishes. A visit to Javier’s is not complete without one of its famous hand-shaken, made-to-order margaritas. Tequila aficionados can choose from an impressive array of premium selections to mix or sip from Javier’s signature “tequila tree,” while wine connoisseurs can enjoy an extensive collection of vintages and varietals.

Co-Founder Mark Post said, “Javier’s design is as captivating and delicious as the food we serve. The ambiance draws guests in, and no matter where they dine, they’ll enjoy a completely different experience each time they visit.”

Brought to life by veteran designer Dodd Mitchell, Javier’s welcomes guests with a dramatic and sensuous ambiance, and Mexican-influenced decor. The design juxtaposes strong, masculine architecture with soft, feminine color schemes and fabrics, such as corset-style lacing on the leather booths. A lounge adorned in 4,000 metal decorative nail heads called clavos, accented by plush furnishings, also enhance the look and feel of the space. Each culturally inspired decoration and piece of furniture was custom-made for the ARIA location, including hand-crafted pottery from Guadalajara, Mexico; reclaimed vintage belts adorning window and doorframes; and opalescent abalone tiles covering the walls and ceiling in the private dining room.

Over the main bar, hundreds of rope strands form an intricate canopy, creating a magnificent centerpiece that spills from the ceiling to the floor like a beam of light. Guests can sip Javier’s signature margaritas at the vintage-roulette-inspired metal bar topped with African Ziricote wood. Embedded in the bar are four state-of-the-art cell phone-charging hubs.

The artistic anchor of the restaurant’s décor is the world’s largest piece of chainsaw art, spanning 25 feet and weighing 3,000 pounds, carved by celebrated artist J. Chester Armstrong. Conceived by Dodd Mitchell Design and visible from more than 200 feet away, the intricate work of art features five 5 x 10-foot panels illustrating the Mayan Creation myth blended with modern Mexican history. Hundreds of Día de los Muertos-inspired skeletons dance, mourn, laugh, weep and romance their way across the panels as guests discover hundreds of hidden elements on a five-part journey from the dark Tree of Death to redemption in the Tree of Life.


Visitors can enjoy superior service in a variety of stunning rooms within the 9,000-square-foot restaurant, which features a circular main bar, intimate lounge and two expansive dining rooms seating 280 guests. Javier’s also has an elaborate private dining room with seating for 20. This special space evokes an aura of Spanish royalty and mystery with shimmering tile walls, agave-leaf-inspired chandeliers and hand-carved wooden ceiling ornaments. The lounge and bar offers Javier’s full menu and transforms into a sexy late-night experience at 11 p.m. Authentic Cuban and Spanish music adds culture and revelry to diners’ experiences.
Javier’s joins the AAA Five Diamond resort’s impressive culinary offerings from a collection of the world’s most renowned chefs and restaurateurs including Michael Mina, Sirio Maccioni, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Masa Takayama, Shawn McClain and Julian Serrano.

Javier’s offers lunch service from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and dinner service until 2 a.m. For reservations, please call 702-590-3637.


ABOUT ARIA RESORT & CASINO
The centerpiece of CityCenter Las Vegas is ARIA Resort & Casino, a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, high-end service, spectacular amenities and premium meeting and convention space. From unique culinary offerings created by the world’s most talented chefs to innovative nightlife and indulgent spa treatments, ARIA embodies the excitement and vitality of Las Vegas. Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil will debut November 1. ARIA is home to an incredible collection of stylish and technologically advanced accommodations including Sky Suites, a AAA Five Diamond hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Combined with CityCenter’s unparalleled amenities including luxurious shopping at Crystals and the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA introduces a new generation of resort experiences, unlike anything Las Vegas has ever seen. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit www.arialasvegas.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.


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MGM Resorts International Public Relations
afarkas@mgmresorts.com
702.891.1806

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702.737.3100
Uncommon Cocktails Unveiled at Chef Shawn McClain’s Sage in Vegas’ ARIA
Posted September 6, 2012
Amuse Bouche Cocktails, In-House Barrel-Aged White Spirits and Innovative Ingredients Elevate Vegas’ Cocktail Scene
LAS VEGAS (September, 6 2012) – Sage at ARIA Resort & Casino introduces 12 craft cocktails to complement Chef Shawn McClain’s extraordinary flavor profiles. Master mixologists stir up rare ingredients including white spirits barrel-aged in-house, gin-compressed blueberries, atomized angostura orange bitters and elderflower dust, heightening the restaurant’s innovative beverage offerings.

The new cocktails available at Sage include:

Apéritifs
Guests dining at the bar will enjoy a complimentary amuse bouche cocktail – Pink Lemonade – as Sage mixologists craft their chosen drink.

The refreshing liquid is poured into an ice-filled absinthe balancier, and then flows through a see-saw mechanism to create a perfectly blended libation. Aperitifs to order include the impressive Opening Act, made with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, Campari, mint leaves and fresh lime juice topped off with a spritz of Angostura Orange Bitters. Also on the list is The Cat Walk, a blend of freshly made orange-flavored rooibos tea, passion fruit puree, Belvedere Lemon Tea, Aperol, St. Germain and prossecco.

Barrel-Aged Spirits
Pioneering a unique method of enriching old favorites, Sage has created an impressive in-house barrel-aging process.

In addition to the more traditional method of barrel-aging brown spirits, Sage is introducing white spirit barrel-aging. Premium white or brown liquors are aged in New American Oak barrels for several weeks producing a well-blended mixture refined by the distinct flavors from the wood. The mellowed spirit combination is then infused into classic cocktails creating an array of flavor nuances that sophisticated palates are sure to appreciate.The classic cocktail, Last Word, is updated with an herbaceous mix of eight-week barrel-aged Plymouth Gin, Green Chartreuse and Luxardo Maraschino topped with fresh squeezed lime juice. For those who enjoy notes of cinnamon and vanilla, The Empire State combines barrel-aged Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey, Root Liqueur, Angostura Aromatic Bitters and Punt e Mes Vermouth garnished with a brandied cherry and fresh orange oil.

Sage Seasonals
From the rays of summer to the chills of winter, these cocktails are intricately layered with exotic ingredients designed to perfectly complement Sage’s aromatic seasonal cuisine.

The Smoking Bulleit infuses smoked fresh peaches with Bulleit bourbon for a delicious taste of summer. Other seasonal favorites include Blue Velvet, a frothy blueberry delight made with Hangar One Wild Maine Blueberry Vodka, Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette, simple syrup, Angostura Aromatic Bitters, fresh blueberries, lime juice, a touch of egg white and, for an effervescent kick, a splash of sparkling Brachetto/Moscato; and the Strawberry Solstice, a rum-based concoction that combines Strega Liqueur, fresh sour, fresh strawberries and Varnelli Anice.

Sage Signatures
These original libations, created by the resident Sage bartenders, reinvent traditional classic cocktails using high-quality modern spirits.

The 20 To Life is enriched with juicy apricot and spicy ginger flavors from Marie Brizard Apry and Canton ginger liqueurs combined with St. George Bontanivore Gin and Breaking & Entering Bourbon. The highlight is a garnish of gin-compressed blueberries and apricots sprinkled with elderflower dust. Guests also can jump on board for the TGV, named after the French high-speed train, a complex combination of Hennessy Black Cognac with pomegranate and blood orange liqueurs, fresh orange juice and sour adorned with an orange zest sugar rim that is visually perfected by a pomegranate chip.

After-Dinner Drinks
With chocolate and crème liqueur bases, these cocktails add the final touch to a sublime dining experience.

The decadent Profundo combines Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey, Luxardo Sangue Morlacco Cherry Brandy and Chocolate Royale Liqueur by Marie Brizard. The centerpiece is the sparkling cherry garnish sprinkled with gold dust. Guests also can enjoy the French Press, a chocolate delight accented with highly aromatic Barolo Chinato.

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MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF MASA TAKAYAMA DEBUTS FIRST TEPPANYAKI RESTAURANT, TETSU, AT LAS VEGAS’ ARIA
Posted April 26, 2012
LAS VEGAS (April 26, 2012) --- This August, Forbes and Michelin-decorated Chef Masa Takayama will introduce the first teppan concept to his extraordinary culinary repertoire. Tetsu, located at ARIA Resort & Casino, will be an intimate and interactive dining experience, offering guests the first taste of Chef Masa’s passion for fine Japanese grilling.

Located inside Masa’s famed Japanese restaurant, barMASA, Tetsu will replace Shaboo, which closes April 28. The exclusive venue will feature four blackjack-style tables and two communal teppan grill tables seating 20 and 19, respectively. Highly skilled teppanyaki chefs will oversee the evening’s culinary entertainment – prepping, cooking and plating orders specific to each guest’s request. A produce table will serve as the room’s centerpiece, displaying the finest quality meats, seafood and vegetables, and will allow guests the opportunity to hand select the proteins of their entrée, specifying the exact cut, portion size and preparation style they desire.

“ARIA is a leader in the evolution of the Las Vegas culinary scene, now a recognized contender as one of the world’s top epicurean destinations,” said CityCenter President and COO Bill McBeath. “With Tetsu, we continue to set the pace by offering guests a brand new, exclusive concept from Masa Takayama, arguably the world’s most celebrated Japanese chef.”

Tetsu Executive Chef/Creator Masa Takayama said, “With a passion for the finest-sourced ingredients, I have always been intrigued by the sizzling vegetables, meat and seafood prepared on a teppan grill. The act of choosing your ingredients and interacting with the chef as he prepares them elevates the conventional dinner – creating memories – which is how food is meant to be experienced.”

The teppan grill menu allows guests to try a variety of offerings at smaller portions and reasonable prices such as the Toro Tartare with Caviar, Wagyu Beef Steak Tartare and Pacific Lobster Sashimi Ceviche in addition to Tataki selections. Tataki, meaning to “pound,” is a traditional manner of preparing fish and meat so they better absorb other flavors, therefore enhancing the protein in the dish. The cuts are briefly seared over a hot pan, marinated in vinegar, sliced thin and seasoned with ginger. Tetsu’s tataki offerings will differentiate the restaurant with the finest culinary creations, such as the Wagyu Ribeye, and Filet Mignon-Soy Vinaigrette.

Main course offerings include prime cuts of beef such as Center Cut Lamb Chop and Filet Mignon. Seafood and steak also will delight guests with the incredibly fresh ingredients for which Masa is renowned, such as Butterflied Scottish Langoustine, Mediterranean Turbot and decadent Fatty Tuna. Side accompaniments including Kobe Garlic Fried Rice, Yakisoba Noodles and Seafood Udon will complement the main course. Completing the meal are unexpected and refreshing desserts such as Masa’s famous Truffle Ice Cream, Grapefruit Granite and Yuzu Sorbet.

Tetsu’s hours of operation will be Wednesday through Sunday 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Guests enter Tetsu through barMASA, located adjacent to the stunning ARIA lobby. For more information or to make reservations, call 702.590.7111 or visit www.arialasvegas.com


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ABOUT ARIA RESORT & CASINO
The centerpiece of CityCenter Las Vegas is ARIA Resort & Casino, a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, high-end service, spectacular amenities and premium meeting and convention space. From unique culinary offerings created by the world's most talented chefs, to innovative nightlife, indulgent spa treatments and Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil, ARIA embodies the excitement and vitality of Las Vegas. ARIA is home to an incredible collection of stylish and technologically advanced accommodations including Sky Suites, a AAA Five Diamond hotel within a hotel experience. Combined with CityCenter's unparalleled amenities including luxurious shopping at Crystals and the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA introduces a new generation of resort experiences, unlike anything Las Vegas has ever seen. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit www.arialasvegas.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.


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MGM Resorts International Public Relations
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702.891.1806
ARIA Resort & Casino Introduces New ‘Deal-icious’ Early Evening Menus And Viva ELVIS™ Show Packages
Posted August 10, 2011
LAS VEGAS (August 10, 2011) – ARIA Resort & Casino offers guests the quintessential combination of cuisine and entertainment with its new Early Evening Menus and Show Packages featuring Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil®. Satisfy any appetite before a big night out on the town with delicious culinary creations by some of the world's most critically acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, the Maccioni family, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain and Masa Takayama.

Delight taste buds with prix fixe menus available between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. nightly at:

• Bar Masa – Award-winning sushi chef Masayoshi Takayama ups the ante at Bar Masa with a bento box comprised of his coveted, signature items. Sample the finest Kobe Beef Skewers, Chicken Karaage, Sashimi and more. Price: $49; Wine/Sake Pairing: $24
• AMERICAN FISH by Michael Mina – Gourmet comfort food is on display in a fabulous three-course menu from Executive Chef Sven Mede including Shrimp & Grits with jalapeño and ham; and Cornmeal-Crusted Rainbow Trout with morel mushrooms, white asparagus and artichokes. Price: $49; Wine Pairing: $24
• Sage – Celebrated Chicago chef Shawn McClain offers a three-course menu at his AAA Four Diamond restaurant, featuring mouthwatering dishes such as Duck-Fat Roasted Heirloom Beets and Shelton’s Farm Organic Chicken with artichokes, chicken truffle ravioli and cippolini onion. Price: $49; Wine/Beer Pairing: $24
• Sirio Ristorante – Executive Chef Vincenzo Scarmiglia serves up two early evening menus in the Caffe and main dining room. Each menu features three courses of Italian classics, such as Spaghetti with veal and ricotta cheese meatballs; and Lobster-filled Ravioli with fresh artichoke and tomato ragù. Caffe Price: $39; Wine Pairing: $19 and Dining Room Price: $49; Wine Pairing: $24
• Jean Georges Steakhouse – At Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s contemporary steakhouse, Executive Chef Robert Moore’s three-course menu includes creamy Burrata Mozzarella with tomatoes, juicy Filet Mignon and much more. Price: $49; Wine Pairing: $24
• Julian Serrano – The eponymous Spanish tapas restaurant from award-winning chef Julian Serrano offers guests three courses spotlighting his native fare. Start with Traditional Spanish Chicken Croquetas and then indulge in a Half Chicken with sautéed cube potatoes and Spanish chorizo. Price: $39; Wine Pairing: $19
• Lemongrass – The Strip’s first Thai restaurant has prepared a three-course menu featuring Vegetarian Spring Rolls; Pad Pak with shiitake mushrooms, baby corn, asparagus and oyster sauce; and Bua Loi, the traditional sticky rice flour dumpling with warm coconut milk for dessert. Price: $39; Wine Pairing: $19
• Blossom – For an authentic Chinese four-course menu in a lush environment reminiscent of an enchanted garden, Blossom features Hot and Sour Soup; Crisp-Fried Beef Roll with enoki mushroom and mandarin brown sauce; and Chicken Breast with macadamia nuts, stir-fried bok choy and rice. Price: $49; Wine Pairing: $24

Pair your dining experience with the ultimate in Las Vegas entertainment – Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil®, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music paying tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Package price includes a ticket to Viva ELVIS and an Early Evening Menu at one of ARIA’s extraordinary restaurants (taxes and fees not included). Price for the $39 menus are $170 for Category 1, $152 for Category 2, $133 for Category 3, $113 for Category 4 and $91 for Category 5. For tickets with the $49 menus, prices are $180 for Category 1, $162 for Category 2, $143 for Category 3, $123 for Category 4 and $101 for Category 5. Seating options can be viewed at www.arialasvegas.com/viva-elvis.

Packages and restaurant reservations can be arranged by calling ARIA Show & Restaurant Reservations at (877) 253-5847 or by visiting ARIA’s Ticketing and Concierge desks.

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SKY SUITES AT ARIA RESORT & CASINO EARNS COVETED AAA FIVE DIAMOND AWARD
Posted August 9, 2011
Resort Becomes One of Select Few in North America Offering Two Distinct Five Diamond Hotel Experiences Under One Roof
LAS VEGAS (August 9, 2011) – ARIA Resort & Casino, the crown jewel of CityCenter, has earned the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award for its Sky Suites, joining an elite class of resorts recognized with two AAA Five Diamond Awards for two distinct hotel experiences within one property.

In its first year of operation in 2010, ARIA Resort & Casino was recognized as a AAA Five Diamond resort, a distinction rare for hotels to achieve in such a short time. ARIA Sky Suites now joins this distinguished list of premier destinations, providing an unparalleled level of stylish accommodations and exemplary service from arrival to departure.

“This recognition is a true testament to the incredible dedication and commitment of each of our team members,” said Bill McBeath, ARIA’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “The elegant and sophisticated experience we have created within Sky Suites is unlike anything in Las Vegas and we strive to exceed guest expectations at every turn. The Five Diamonds tell us that we’ve accomplished just that.”

Michael Geeser, AAA Nevada’s spokesperson, said, “ARIA Sky Suites has earned a AAA Five Diamond rating because it has all the characteristics of luxury and sophistication. The Sky Suites’ standard of excellence meets the expectations of the most distinguished travelers and it is truly a first- class addition to Las Vegas.”

The ARIA Sky Suites offers a collection of exquisite accommodations including one and two-bedroom ARIA Suites, one and two-bedroom Penthouse Suites and the preeminent Sky Villas, featuring spacious one and two-story retreats ranging up to 7,000 square feet.

A “hotel within a hotel,” ARIA Sky Suites was masterfully designed with guest privacy, comfort and convenience as priorities. Creating a seamless and exhilarating experience from the very beginning, a personal concierge contacts each guest prior to arrival in order to prepare for their every need and develop a customized itinerary.

After landing in Las Vegas, guests can begin the relaxation as their private limousine transports them from the airport to the ARIA Sky Suites. They will arrive beneath a private, secluded porte cochere where they will be greeted and escorted to a dedicated VIP check-in. After enjoying a drink and a few sumptuous hors d'oeuvres in the exclusive Sky Suites Lounge, a private elevator delivers guests to the comfort of their own suite.

Each of the stunning accommodations throughout ARIA Sky Suites features contemporary furnishings, sophisticated decor, expressive artwork, unparalleled amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows providing dramatic views of the Las Vegas skyline. Designed for the ultimate convenience, each Sky Suite features the most modern technology allowing guests to personalize their temperature, lighting, curtain and musical preferences throughout their stay – with the simple touch of a button.

ARIA Sky Suites consists of 442 Deluxe rooms, suites and villas, all located on the 25th through 59th floors of the South Tower.

The AAA Five Diamonds are North America’s most sought-after symbol of excellence in the hospitality industry, representing the upper echelon of hotel and dining establishments.
Collectively, AAA Five Diamond hotels and restaurants represent only 0.3 percent of the total 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond establishments across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

About ARIA Resort & Casino
The centerpiece of CityCenter Las Vegas is ARIA Resort & Casino, a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, high-end service and spectacular amenities. From Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil, celebrating the life and legacy of Elvis Presley, to unique culinary offerings from the world’s most talented chefs, innovative nightlife and spa offerings, ARIA embodies the excitement and vitality of Las Vegas. Resorts guests enjoy the most technologically advanced guestrooms and suites as well as premium meeting and convention space. Combined with CityCenter’s unparalleled amenities including luxurious shopping at Crystals and the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA introduces a new generation of resort experiences, unlike anything Las Vegas has ever seen. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit www.arialasvegas.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact:
Stacy Hamilton
MGM Resorts International Public Relations
(702) 650-7561
shamilton@mgmresorts.com
MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL EXPANDS MOBILE APP SERVICES TO GOOGLE'S ANDROID & RIM'S BLACKBERRY OPERATING SYSTEMS
Posted February 3, 2011
Twelve Free Las Vegas Resort & Entertainment Apps Now Available on Additional Smartphones

LAS VEGAS - February 1, 2011 - MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM; www.mgmresorts.com) recently launched 12 free applications on Google's Android and is set to launch them on Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS in March. Previously only available on iTunes, the expansion into additional operating systems allows MGM Resorts International to deliver new ways to explore its Las Vegas hotels and attractions for a broader customer base.

"We've created a dynamic new way to engage our guests with a convenient information and reservation system and the response on iTunes so far has been incredible with more than 200,000 downloads," said Scott Voeller, Vice President of Brand Strategy and Advertising for MGM Resorts. "The overwhelming popularity of Smartphones initially motivated us to create the apps for iPhones, but the opportunity to reach more guests with exclusive offers and content and also receive their direct feedback encouraged us to expand to Android and BlackBerry users."
Feature-rich resort applications for ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur, and Circus Circus in Las Vegas and Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi deliver some of the world's most immersive interactive resort experiences currently available.
In addition to the resort apps, MGM Resorts and MacroView Labs developed "Entertainment of Las Vegas," an app expressly designed to deliver video previews, show times, event calendars, directions and the ability to purchase tickets to all of MGM Resorts' Las Vegas entertainment and attractions.
RESORT APPS: ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur, Circus Circus and Beau Rivage
Developed by MacroView Labs
* Click here for more in-depth app info.

Key Features: Using your resort app, you can access photos, videos and information to help you decide what to do during your Las Vegas adventure, and book it all with one-touch functionality.

* Preview videos of shows, grab last-minute tickets, even check seating charts
* Bookmark your favorite activities to create itineraries for your trip
* Use GPS maps and indoor casino maps to quickly get you where you want to go
* Order room service, browse restaurant menus and make reservations from anywhere
* Review rules for casino games or join the M life Players Club
* Email any page or offer to a friend
* Enjoy targeted content and deals based on your location
* Check local weather
* Preview and reserve rooms at the hotels
* For special events, work with your host property to load passcode-protected content viewable only to your attendees, including program schedules, party photos and more
* Preview event space
* Check out the clubs, bars and nightlife
* Rate any of the featured services at the resort
* See information in French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish
* View the resort's live Twitter feed for deals, special events and more
ENTERTAINMENT OF LAS VEGAS
Developed by MacroView Labs and MGM Resorts International
* Click here for more in-depth app info.
Key Features: Explore shows, nightclubs and attractions at Bellagio, ARIA Resort & Casino, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Excalibur, Circus Circus, Luxor and The Mirage.
* Enjoy location-specific content that changes depending on where you are
* Find top stand-up comedy acts, Cirque du Soleil shows, the Lion Habitat, the Shark Reef Aquarium, and all the best activities and shows right here
* Access overhead custom GPS maps of The Strip and get exact directions to where you want to go
* Use the embedded smart-search bar to find content by keyword
* Bookmark any page to create your own entertainment favorites
* Let your voice be heard - comment about your trip or rate any of the featured services
* Check out the live entertainment Twitter feed right from the app or send any page in the app to a friend
MGM Resorts Int'l unveils New Year's packages
Posted December 22, 2010
By: Damon Hodge
December 21, 2010

Deluxe accommodations are available starting at $299 per night, plus tax, Dec. 30 through Jan. 1. For reservations, call (866) 359-7111 or log on to www.arialasvegas.com. New Year's Eve performances for "Viva Elvis" are scheduled at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $203.50, $176, $148.50 and $119.90 plus tax and handling fees. For reservations, call (702) 590-7760.

Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Nelly will host a New Year's Eve bash at Haze Nightclub at Aria. Individual tickets are $150 per person, permitting VIP access all night. Table reservation packages start at $3,000, for a minimum of six guests, and include one bottle of Grey Goose, one bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne, six Red Bulls & mixers, six Fiji waters and a personal service team. Doors open at 10 p.m.

Guests at Gold Boutique Nightclub and Lounge will be treated to a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $125 per person and are good for VIP access all night and a hosted bar from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Table reservation packages start at $1,200, for a minimum of four guests, and include one bottle of premium liquor, one bottle of champagne, four Red Bulls and mixers and four Fiji waters. Doors open at 9 p.m.

The Deuce Lounge will feature Playboy Playmates Stacey Fuson, Lauren Anderson and Summer Altice. Tickets are $50 per person and good for VIP access all night with a champagne toast at midnight. Table reservation packages start at $850, for a minimum of four guests, and include one bottle of premium liquor, one bottle of champagne, four Red Bulls and mixers, four Fiji waters and a personal service team. Doors open at 9 p.m.
MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL NAMES GARY MURAKAMI DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SALES
Posted December 9, 2010
Murakami Strengthens Company's Position as Market Leader with Focus on Western Territory

LAS VEGAS - MGM Resorts International expands its role as a market leader in the Group Sales industry with the addition of Gary Murakami as Director of Regional Sales. Based in San Francisco, Murakami will focus his efforts on the entire western region of the United States from Colorado and New Mexico to Alaska and Hawaii.

"Gary's background and skill set reflect the caliber of talent we have developed throughout our Regional Sales Network," said MGM Resorts Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Richard Harper. "We are confident Gary's efforts will continue to support our leadership position in the meetings and conventions industry."

A 15-year, seasoned hospitality sales executive, Murakami is responsible for securing group bookings and raising awareness for MGM Resorts, as well as developing and maintaining key customer relationships. He most recently served as Director of Sales for The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco managing a sales team targeting the group, leisure, and business travel markets. In addition to his more than nine years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Murakami's sales background also includes key positions with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in the group, leisure and business travel segments.

An active member in the global meetings, events and travel industry community, Murakami has held a variety of leadership director roles with Bay Area Business Travel Association, a regional chapter of the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) for the past 10 years. He also served in Board of Director roles with the Northern California Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association for the past several years.

Murakami holds several industry-recognized certifications and designations. He most recently earned the Global Leadership Professional (GLP) designation and certification, a master's level executive education program developed by the NBTA Foundation in conjunction with The Wharton School. In addition, Murakami holds a designation as a Certified Corporate Travel Executive (CCTE), designed specifically for business travel management professionals through NBTA and Cornell University, and a Corporate Travel Counselor (CTC) certification from The Travel Institute.

Murakami earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles
For Vegas, Five Diamond bragging rights
Posted December 7, 2010
By: Damon Hodge
December 06, 2010

The folks who making a living selling Las Vegas can start spreading the news: Las Vegas is now home to 15 AAA Five Diamond resorts and restaurants, more than any other city in the country.

"From what I understand, Las Vegas not only has more AAA Five Diamond establishments than any other city in the country, but also in the world," said AAA Nevada spokesman Michael Geeser.

"This means a couple things for the city. For starters, it elevates the city's reputation for quality and service, things that travelers really desire. More importantly, it affirms that the city is able to deliver on its promises."

Vegas' Five Diamond hotels include CityCenter's Aria and Mandarin Oriental along with repeat winners Bellagio, Encore, Four Seasons, Skylofts at MGM Grand, Palazzo, Wynn Las Vegas, Venetian and the now-shuttered Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas (Dolce Hotels & Resorts plans to reopen and rebrand the Ritz-Carlton this spring).

This award marks the Four Seasons' 12th consecutive year as a AAA Five Diamond hotel and Bellagio's 10th year receiving the honor.

All the Five Diamond award-winning restaurants in Las Vegas are repeat recipients, including Alex at Wynn Las Vegas, Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace , Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand and Picasso and Le Cirque at Bellagio.

Nationally, seven restaurants were removed from AAA's Five Diamond list; none were added. The recently released AAA Five Diamond list covered Northern California, Utah and Nevada. National lists will be unveiled in January.

"AAA has been around more than 100 years, and our membership continues to grow; in Nevada, there are more than 365,000 AAA members, Northern California has more than 4 million and Utah has more than 300,000," Geeser said.

"They count on us. If we tell members that this place reached a certain level, it better be true. ... The recognition tells travelers that you're not going to be let down, that these places will not underdeliver."
MGM honored for ecofriendliness
Posted November 23, 2010
By: Damon Hodge
November 23, 2010

CityCenter's sustainable practices have earned MGM Resorts International a 2010 Global Vision Award from Travel + Leisure magazine.

The winners of the Global Vision Awards are recognized in five categories: conservation, sustainability, preservation, development and leadership. The 18 million-square-foot, mixed-use complex holds six gold-level certifications under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

"We are extremely proud of this award and honored that Travel + Leisure has recognized the quality and leadership that MGM Resorts International represents when it comes to environmental sustainability," Cindy Ortega, senior vice president of the Energy and Environmental Services Division at MGM Resorts, said in a press statement. "CityCenter is a perfect example of how we are driving a new paradigm of sustainability in Las Vegas and the hospitality industry in general, and we remain committed to improving these efforts at all of our properties each and every day."

Earlier this month, Newsweek listed the company on its annual Green Rankings list as the highest-rated company in the gaming and casino space. In July, the Green Key Global Eco-Rating Program recognized 12 MGM Resorts properties for their exceptional efforts in "greening" their business operations.
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CityCenter receives two AAA Five Diamond Awards in first year of operation
Posted November 22, 2010
Luxurious ARIA Resort & Casino and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas Recognized Among Top AAA-Rated Hotels & Resorts in North America


LAS VEGAS - November 22, 2010 - In its debut year, CityCenter Las Vegas has received the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award® for both ARIA Resort & Casino and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. While the award is bestowed only upon select properties deemed the finest in North America, it is even rarer for hotels to attain the rating within the first year of operation.

"It takes an incredibly special hotel or resort to earn the Five Diamond distinction after being open less than a year. We congratulate CityCenter for accomplishing this feat with not only one property, but two," said Michael Geeser, AAA Nevada spokesperson. "These properties deliver the ultimate in luxury, sophistication and exceptional service."

Bobby Baldwin, CityCenter's President and CEO, said, "From inception to operation, our goal with CityCenter was to create a resort destination that provides guests with services and amenities unmatched in the world. To receive the highest honor in the industry with the AAA Five Diamond Award is a reflection of our commitment to this promise and to delivering unforgettable experiences for each guest from arrival to departure."

Bill McBeath, President & COO of ARIA, said "Receiving this recognition from AAA is the best possible way I can imagine to celebrate our first anniversary. This is a tribute to all of ARIA's employees, who dedicate themselves every day to delivering wonderful memories to our guests."

The AAA Five Diamond Award is North America's most sought-after symbol of excellence in the hospitality industry. Representing the upper echelon of establishments, AAA Five Diamond Award winners make up just 0.27 percent of the rated venues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. As demonstrated by so few properties attaining this level of quality and service, the guidelines for AAA Five Diamond status are stringent, ensuring consumers truly memorable experiences.


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About ARIA Resort & Casino

ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter features an extraordinary collection of award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a world-class spa, exclusive shopping, contemporary gaming, a larger-than-life modern art collection, high-tech meeting and event space, and Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil®. ARIA is the largest LEED® Gold certified building in the world. In addition to the AAA Five Diamond Award, in its debut year, ARIA has received multiple accolades including: Travel + Leisure's Top 20 Up-and-Coming Hotels in the World, 2010 Global Vision Award; Conde Nast Traveler's 2010 Hot List; Elite Traveler's World's Top Hotel Suites; Esquire's Best New Restaurants for 2010, Top 11 Restaurants Not To Miss; Food & Wine's Las Vegas' Best Bets, Go List 2010, 100 Best New Food & Drink Experiences; MSN's Top 10 New Dining Destinations; Entrepreneur's Best Business Bars; US Airways Magazine's Top 15 Coolest Hotels in U.S.. For more information, visit www.arialasvegas.com.


About Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is a sophisticated sanctuary of modern elegance prominently situated at the entrance of CityCenter, a magnificent urban resort destination in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. This 47-story, non-gaming hotel and residences bring fine-dining, a relaxing Spa, spectacular accommodations and the personalized service of the world-renowned hotel group to Las Vegas. Designed entirely by interior designer Adam D. Tihany and architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas sets a new standard of style with stunning suites, amenities and architectural design. Mandarin Oriental has been recognized by several leading industry publications including: Conde Nast Traveler's World's Best Hotels 2010; Spa Magazine's Best New Eco-Friendly Spa and Best New Spa; Spa Finder's Best Spa Director, Top 10, Best Men's Spa, Best Interior Design, Best Getaway Spa, Best Luxury Spa and Best Accommodations and Top Hotel/Resort Spa;, Desert Companion's Chef of the Year 2010 - Pascal Sanchez; and Las Vegas Spa Association Best Director - Jennifer Lynn. For more information, visit www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas or contact (702) 590-8888. Receive news, weekly specials and more by finding us on Facebook.


About CityCenter

CityCenter is an unprecedented urban metropolis on 67 acres between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. It features ARIA, a 61-story, 4,004-room gaming resort; luxury non-gaming hotels including Las Vegas' first Mandarin Oriental and Vdara Hotel & Spa; Veer Towers, the development's only strictly residential buildings; and Crystals at CityCenter, 500,000 square feet of exclusive shopping, dining and nightlife experiences. CityCenter also features Viva ELVIS™, a resident Cirque du Soleil production celebrating the timeless musical legacy of Elvis Presley; and an unparalleled public Fine Art Collection with works by acclaimed artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, among others. CityCenter is a design collaboration between MGM Resorts International and internationally acclaimed architectural firms including Pelli Clarke Pelli, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Helmut Jahn, RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Viñoly, Studio Daniel Libeskind*, David Rockwell and Rockwell Group, and Gensler. At the forefront of sustainability, CityCenter is one of the world's largest private green developments. ARIA, Vdara, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and Veer Towers all have received LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This marks the highest LEED achievement for any hotel, retail district or residential development in Las Vegas. For more information about CityCenter, please visit www.citycenter.com.



* Consultant to AAI Architects, Inc.



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Kirvin Doak Communications
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MGM Resorts International Named As Recipient Of 2010 Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award
Posted November 11, 2010
MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL NAMED AS RECIPIENT OF
2010 TRAVEL + LEISURE GLOBAL VISION AWARD

Prestigious Award Recognizes CityCenter
for Pioneering Achievements and Contributions
to Improve the World Through Sustainable Travel

LAS VEGAS - November 11, 2010 - MGM Resorts International, a global leader in bringing sustainability to the hospitality industry, announced today that Travel + Leisure named the Company as a recipient of its 2010 Global Vision Award for the contributions CityCenter is making to improving the world through travel. CityCenter garnered six LEED Gold Certifications, and at 18 million square feet, is the largest environmentally sustainable, mixed-use construction development in the world.

"We are extremely proud of this award and honored that Travel + Leisure has recognized the quality and leadership that MGM Resorts International represents when it comes to environmental sustainability," said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President of the Energy and Environmental Services Division at MGM Resorts International. "CityCenter is a perfect example of how we are driving a new paradigm of sustainability in Las Vegas and the hospitality industry in general, and we remain committed to improving these efforts at all of our properties each and every day. Most importantly, this award is a true testament to the talent of our employees who are personally driving our environmental responsibility vision forward."

The 2010 Global Vision Award is one of several impressive industry awards that the Company has received for its sustainability efforts. Earlier this month, Newsweek named MGM Resorts International to its annual Green Rankings list as the highest-rated company in the gaming and casino space. In July of this year, the Green Key Global Eco-Rating Program recognized 12 MGM Resorts properties for their exceptional efforts in "greening" their business operations. This includes ARIA Resort & Casino, Vdara Hotel & Spa and Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, which are three of only four properties in the United States to have received 5 Keys, the highest honor of the Eco-Rating Program.

Travel + Leisure's annual Global Vision Awards honor the companies and organizations that are harnessing travel to positively impact our world. According to the 2010 Global Vision Awards, MGM Resorts was honored because, even though Las Vegas may seem like an unlikely paragon of sustainability, CityCenter is anything but conventional. This leadership is reflected in CityCenter's cutting-edge green-building techniques and how it is giving classic Vegas luxuries a new twist. But the sheer scale of CityCenter's accomplishments is what is most notable. The development's efficiency initiatives alone save an estimated 94 million kWh of energy and 50 million gallons of water each year, making it a clear leader in improving the world through sustainable travel.

The winners of the Global Vision Awards were chosen by an esteemed panel of seven judges, including Nobel-prize winning economist Dr. Joseph Stiglitz; model, designer, and goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization Liya Kebede; and Oscar-winning documentarian (The Cove) Louie Psihoyos. The winners are recognized in five categories-conservation, sustainability, preservation, development, and leadership-and represent the latest and best examples of the power of travel as an engine of positive change.

About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, Illinois and Macau. One of those investments is CityCenter, an unprecedented urban resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip featuring its centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and management agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world. MGM Resorts International supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its gaming properties. The Company has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and the Company's commitment to sustainable development and operations. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's Web site at www.mgmresorts.com.

About Travel + Leisure
With an eye for the authentic, the innovative, and the irresistible, Travel + Leisure (www.travelandleisure.com, @travlandleisure) fuses expert reporting on culture, food, style, and design with stunning photography, transporting readers to the places-and the travel experiences-that matter now. T+L, the monthly title from American Express Publishing and the long-standing authority in its field, has the largest audience of any travel magazine and is an indispensable guide for global nomads. Travel + Leisure has a network of international editions, including Travel + Leisure Mexico, Travel + Leisure Turkey, Travel + Leisure China, Travel + Leisure South Asia, and Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia.

For More Information:
Gordon Absher, MGM Resorts International
gabsher@mgmresorts.com; 702-650-6945
MGM MIRAGE LAUNCHES VEGAS' FIRST AUGMENTED REALITY iPHONE APP AND WORLD'S MOST IMMERSIVE RESORT APPS
Posted June 1, 2010
Five Free Apps Deliver New Ways to Experience Strip's Hottest Hotels

LAS VEGAS - May 25, 2010 - Continuing its legacy of innovation, MGM MIRAGE (NYSE:MGM; www.mgmmirage.com) has launched five free iPhone apps delivering new ways to explore Las Vegas hotels and attractions. The applications are available through iTunes.

"Vegas Reality," the city's first dedicated Augmented Reality application, merges real Vegas with virtual Vegas for a multi-dimensional experience of its hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Feature-rich resort applications for Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and New York-New York deliver dynamic interactivity and a depth of content unparalleled in the hospitality industry. An app also has been launched for Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi, and more are underway for additional MGM MIRAGE Las Vegas properties and attractions.

"Entertainment of Las Vegas" delivers access to video previews, show times, event calendars, directions and ticket purchasing for all the MGM MIRAGE fun in the city.

VEGAS REALITY

Developed by Resort Technology Partners

* Compatible with iPhone 3GS

Key Features: While strolling The Strip, point your iPhone at resorts and casinos and watch as information automatically appears as floating text on your screen, using your phone's camera and GPS services.

* Virtually jump inside your favorite resort to learn about its shows, nightclubs, restaurants and more
* Easily buy tickets and book reservations with one touch
* Access property's real-time Twitter feed for deals and events
* Select "fun facts" for info and videos sharing famous - and infamous - moments in Vegas history
* Explore CityCenter's public Fine Art Collection, including artist bios and facts about each piece
* Explore Vegas virtually. Regardless of your 'real' location, open the app and be transported to Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard

RESORT APPS: Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, New York-New York

Developed by MacroView Labs

* Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Key Features: Using your resort app, access photos, videos and information to help you decide what to do during your Vegas adventure, and book it all with one-touch functionality.

* Preview videos of shows, grab last-minute tickets, even check seating charts
* Bookmark your favorite activities to create itineraries for your trip
* Use GPS maps and indoor casino maps to quickly get you where you want to go
* Order room service, browse restaurant menus and make reservations from anywhere
* Review rules for casino games or join the Player's Club
* Email any page or offer to a friend
* Enjoy targeted content and deals based on your location
* Check local weather
* Preview and reserve rooms at the hotels
* For special events, work with your host property to load passcode-protected content viewable only to your attendees, including program schedules, party photos and more
* Preview event space
* Check out the clubs, bars and nightlife
* Rate any of the featured services at the resort
* See information in French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish
* View the live Twitter feed for deals, special events and more

ENTERTAINMENT OF LAS VEGAS

Developed by MacroView Labs and MGM MIRAGE

* Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Key Features: Explore shows, nightclubs and attractions at Bellagio,ARIA Resort & Casino,MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Excalibur, Circus Circus, Luxor and The Mirage.

* Enjoy location-specific content that changes depending on where you are
* Find top stand-up comedy acts, Cirque du Soleil shows, the Lion Habitat, the Shark Reef Aquarium, and all the best activities and shows right here
* Access overhead custom GPS maps of The Strip and get exact directions to where you want to go
* Use the embedded smart-search bar to find content by keyword
* Bookmark any page to create your own entertainment favorites
* Let your voice be heard - comment about your trip or rate any of the featured services
* Check out the live entertainment Twitter feed right from the app or send any page in the app to a friend
The Restaurants of CityCenter's Aria - More Wondrous, More Spectacular
Posted December 21, 2009
By Heidi Knapp Rinella, Las Vegas Review-JournalMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

December 18, 2009 --There's a sort of unspoken guarantee that every new hotel-casino in Las Vegas will be better -- or at least more wondrous, more spectacular -- than anything that had gone before it, and that's certainly the case with the restaurants of CityCenter's Aria.

Consider, for example, Bar Masa and Shaboo, from chef Masayoshi Takayama, and their towering doors -- squat rectangles evoking shoji screens, which stretch almost to the restaurant's 36-foot ceiling. "Iconic" is how they're described by Bart Mahoney, vice president of food and beverage at Aria (who will be departing at the end of the month, to be replaced by Christina Clifton).

But they're not the only extreme-decor element of Bar Masa and Shaboo. Above the reception desk begins a stepped structure that extends above it to arch across the ceiling of the dining room beyond. The space below is the 150-seat Bar Masa, the more casual of the two, which serves an a la carte menu of updated Japanese food.

Beyond Bar Masa is the more elegant Shaboo, with seats for just 54. At Shaboo, guests dine from an omakase menu, a sort of Japanese-style prix fixe in which the multiple courses are selected by the chef. Shaboo's tables are topped with induction burners (with overhead hoods) for tabletop food preparation.

These are the first Las Vegas restaurants for Takayama, but the names of other Aria chefs will be familiar to locals and regular visitors. There is, for example, Julian Serrano, whose eponymous Aria restaurant is quite different from the one he runs at Bellagio. The Picassos have been replaced by a vibrant, contemporary design by Spain's Gente de Valor group, chosen by Serrano.

"He took complete ownership of the project five years ago," Mahoney said of the chef.

Floors are colorful mosaic; other elements evoke trees. The 218-seat restaurant serves hot and cold tapas, paella and seafood, including an elaborate shellfish presentation on the bar.

Another familiar name is Michael Mina, who opened American Fish at Aria. Mina's fifth local restaurant, American Fish has a lodge-y feel and a mission reflective of its name -- highlighting regional American seafood, including fish poached in Pacific Ocean water.

Stand back and squint at the entrance of Jean-Georges Steakhouse -- from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, familiar to Las Vegas beef lovers for his Prime at Bellagio -- and you'll spot a massive image of a bull's nose, which is repeated in different sizes throughout the restaurant. Highlighted by a huge wine wall near its entry, the steakhouse has a higher-energy feel than Prime, Mahoney said.

A mural of an Italian street scene and water wall of colored glass blocks marks the entrance to Sirio Ristorante, from Le Cirque master Sirio Maccioni. The menu here is predominantly traditional Italian dishes, plus some Italian-American fusion. An antipasto bar is along the rear wall of the restaurant.

Sage is the first Las Vegas restaurant for award-winning Chicago chef Shawn McClain. With a New American menu with Mediterranean influences, Sage is an opulent spot, with accents of brass and plum.

"It's going to be a very sexy restaurant," Mahoney said before Aria's opening.

And those familiar with the Light Group's Fix (at Bellagio), with its undulating wooden ceiling, and Stack (at The Mirage), with its stacked wood, will see continuity in the stylized wooden trees at Aria's Adam Tihany-designed Union, which also has a revolving liquor turntable behind the bar. The menu suitably evokes those of Fix and Stack.

Blossom and Lemongrass flank the VIP gaming area. The former is a high-end Chinese restaurant with a warm, rosy feel and intimate private spaces, the latter a Thai restaurant -- currently the only one in a Strip resort -- complete with a charcoal-burning satay bar and large vertical design elements that evoke stalks of lemongrass.

Fans of Jean Philippe Patisserie at Bellagio will be gratified to know that chef Jean-Philippe Maury's like-named Aria property has an 85-seat cafe.

Even the usually pedestrian restaurants are extraordinary as designed at Aria. The buffet has walls of windows that overlook the pool area's spas and gardens, and Cafe Vettro is a large open space facing a 40-foot-high wall of glass on the resort's north side, with stepped rear walls, each tier lined with stones, backlit and encased in glass. There are illuminated glass topiaries on one side, and if you look carefully, Red Rock can be seen through a window. It's awe without the shock.

"When you're in a high-end restaurant, you expect that," Mahoney said. "When you're at $20 and you feel like that, that's a big thing."

Contact reporter Heidi Knapp Rinella at hrinella@ reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0474.

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ARIA RESORT & CASINO OPENS FOREVER CHANGING THE LAS VEGAS STRIP
Posted December 18, 2009
Grand Opening Day and Gala Party Highlighted by Rooftop Fireworks Finale

December 17, 2009

LAS VEGAS - (NYSE:MGM) - Under a canopy of fireworks illuminating the night sky, ARIA Resort & Casino opened its doors last night and welcomed its first guests. Located at the heart of CityCenter, ARIA is the centerpiece of this extraordinary urban resort destination. Its debut signifies the official grand opening of this city-within-a-city, following two weeks of celebrations for the reveals of Vdara Hotel & Spa, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and Crystals retail and entertainment district. Featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, high-end service and spectacular amenities, the stunning ARIA has dramatically altered the skyline of the world's most famous boulevard and will forever change the perceptions of the Las Vegas Strip.

"ARIA and CityCenter reflect a combination of innovation, energy and visionary design that we believe will reshape how the world views the destination resort experience and attract visitors from around the globe as a landmark of taste and style," said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM MIRAGE, which developed CityCenter in partnership with Infinity World Development Corp.

Designed by the world-renowned firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, ARIA's architectural expression reveals itself at every turn, from its two breathtaking curvilinear steel and glass towers to the clean use of natural elements including lush foliage, wood and stone.

At 18 million square feet, CityCenter is the largest private sustainable development in the world, having received six LEED® Gold certifications for its buildings.

At an early morning press conference yesterday, company executives and national dignitaries including the president, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S Green Building Council were on hand to pay tribute to CityCenter's significant milestone in the arena of sustainable design, construction and operations. Among its sustainable distinctions, ARIA commissioned the first fleet of clean-fueled CNG stretch limousines. It also is the first resort on the Las Vegas Strip to generate its own electricity.

Also part of yesterday's opening events, senior executives from both MGM MIRAGE and Infinity World had the rare honor of remotely ringing the Closing Bell of the New York Stock Exchange, marking the project's major contribution to the financial fortitude of Las Vegas. CityCenter is the single largest hiring effort in the country today, creating new jobs for approximately 12,000 people.

Bobby Baldwin, president and CEO of CityCenter said, "This is an incredibly proud time in our company's history. We believe this moment marks a turning point in the financial future of our community."

A grand opening invite-only gala capped the opening day's activities, giving VIP guests an opportunity to sample ARIA's impeccable hospitality, creative personalized attention and incredible array of amenities. Finally, at 11 p.m. fireworks filled the sky with brilliant bursts of color, reflected in ARIA's curved glass curtain wall, as Las Vegas visitors and locals gathered below eager to enter the resort when the doors opened shortly following the dramatic aerial salute.

Murren said, "CityCenter will become the benchmark by which all new developments will be measured, and it won't be surpassed in scope and grandeur for decades."
CityCenter Born Through Collective Creativity: Aim was a Modern Urban Development, not Another Strip Casino-Hotel
Posted December 18, 2009
By Howard Stutz, Las Vegas Review-JournalMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

Dec. 15, 2009--When the design firm of New York-based Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, EE&K, laid out a master plan for a site on the Strip known as 55 West more than five years ago, the challenge was to develop a location with New York City-type density but with Las Vegas accessibility.

That's one reason an additional 12 acres behind Bellagio was added to the plan that would soon become known as the 67-acre Project CityCenter.

"I can't remember if it was exactly our idea, but it was one of the first moves because we thought the 55 acres should be integrated and connected with adjacent properties," said Peter David Cavaluzzi, a principal with EE&K who helped the lead the CityCenter master-planning team. "The idea about city making is to extend and connect adjacent areas."

That's one reason CityCenter is connected to Bellagio to the north and Monte Carlo to the south via an elevated tram system.

Cavaluzzi and EE&K turned over the CityCenter master plan about a year into the process to a team of seven world-renowned architects. EE&K laid out conceptual locations for a major hotel-casino, smaller boutique hotels, high-rise residential and a high-end retail mall, all connected by roadways, walkways and the tram. The buildings themselves were just ideas.

Today, as the centerpiece of the $8.5 billion CityCenter, the 4,004-room, 61-story Aria resort prepares for its opening Wednesday night, Cavaluzzi is impressed by what took shape.

His biggest surprise was the diversity in the CityCenter skyline, which includes glass structures of 61, 57, 47 and 37 stories.

"It has a lot of energy," Cavaluzzi said. "The high level of design achieved at CityCenter is remarkable."

The idea behind CityCenter was to create a modern urban development, not just another Strip hotel-casino. EE&K spent more than two-thirds of the master planning process on the creative analysis, looking at other urban areas, researching the Strip and trying to understand what was appropriate for the site.

"We knew we had a very valuable piece of property and that we had to make it very dense to seize that value," Cavaluzzi said. "CityCenter was to be like a real city, with neighborhoods connected to each other through public spaces."

When EE&K turned over the master plan, it was up to the seven architectural firms to create buildings and structures that were unique but similar. Gensler, the world's largest architectural firm, managed the design process and kept the lines of communication open between the architects.

The firms had worked on some of the world's best-known commerce centers, museums, airport facilities and public spaces.

"It was intellectually stimulating and rewarding," said Greg Jones, lead architect on Aria for New Haven, Conn., firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. "The work constantly evolved. It was an exciting and fresh process."

Jones said Pelli Clarke Pelli had to work closely with Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, which was designing the Mandarin Oriental because of the common boundaries between the two buildings.

Pelli Clarke Pelli had created four of the world's largest private developments: World Financial Center in New York; Kuala Lumpur City Centre in Malaysia; Canary Wharf in London; and the International Finance Center in Hong Kong.

The company had never designed a casino, in Las Vegas or anywhere.

Jones said Aria needed to have an experience different than any other hotel-casino on the Strip. CityCenter Chief Executive Officer Bobby Baldwin told the firm to take a fresh look at hotel-casino design.

"We were able to give this as fresh a look as anybody on the planet," Jones said.

Aria's exterior has a sweeping glass and steel design that Jones says "offers a shimmering glow at night" now that its lighting features are taking full effect.

Also, detail was given to the hotel rooms, including a chiseled bay window that allows each hotel guest "to step outside the footprint of the building."

Jones said Aria was designed to be the "epicenter" of CityCenter, which is how EE&K envisioned the building on the master plan.

"If there is one surprise, its that the hotel-casino feels much closer to the Strip than I imagined it would," Cavaluzzi said. "I believe that comes from the perspective of looking up. It's a beautiful design."

It took five years to complete the bulk of CityCenter, although the Harmon Hotel has been delayed until 2010. Cavaluzzi said it was built enormously quickly compared with similar-type developments. He said the economic downturn, which nearly derailed CityCenter last spring, makes CityCenter rare in American history.

He likened the complex to New York Rockefeller Center, built between 1932 and 1940, and the Empire State Building, which opened in 1931, all buildings constructed during the Great Depression.

"Some of America's greatest public works, such as Hoover Dam, have been accomplished during hard times," he said. "In some ways, CityCenter has faced the same challenges."

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871.
CityCenter's 4,000-Room Centerpiece Opening
Posted December 17, 2009
LAS VEGAS-The largest development with CityCenter-the 4,004-room Aria Resort & Casino-opens for business today on the Las Vegas Strip. Located at the back of the $9-billion 63-acre development, Aria features 150,000 square feet of gaming area, 26 bars and restaurants, a 215,000-square-foot pool area, an 80,000-square-foot spa and a permanent Elvis-themed Cirque du Soleil show.

Over the last two weeks three other pieces of the six-tower, 17-million-square-foot development have opened, including the 1,500-unit Vdara condo-hotel, the 500,000-square-foot Crystals shopping center and the 400-unit Mandarin Oriental hotel. The development also includes the 674-unit Veer Towers, the development's only strictly residential building, and the 400-room Harmon Hotel, which is slated to open in late 2010.

The LEED-Gold 6,800-unit development was designed by eight architectural firms including Pelli Clarke Pelli; Kohn Pedersen Fox; Helmut Jahn; RV Architecture LLC, led by Rafael Vinoly; Foster + Partners; Studio Daniel Libeskind; David Rockwell and Rockwell Group; Gensler; and Tihany Design. The executive construction manager was Tishman Construction. The general contractor was Perini. MGM Mirage launched a new web site for the development a few weeks ago.
GRAND OPENING OF CRYSTALS AT CITYCENTER BRINGS UNPRECEDENTED SHOPPING EXPERIENCE TO LAS VEGAS STRIP
Posted December 4, 2009
Private Party Hosted by Eva Longoria Parker Follows Special Opening Day Event Benefiting Local Charities

LAS VEGAS - Today, Crystals at CityCenter opened its doors to the world, showcasing an unparalleled array of the world's most exclusive retailers and forever redefining the Las Vegas retail experience. Opening day activities gave invited guests an early preview of this unique retail and entertainment district at the core of the extraordinary urban resort destination, CityCenter.

Festivities began at noon with an invite-only shopping event for several thousand Las Vegas locals, for which a portion of the proceeds were donated to local charities including Nevada Cancer Institute, Keep Memory Alive, Nevada Ballet Theatre and The Smith Center for The Performing Arts. Crystals opened its doors to the public at 5 p.m.
Continuing the exclusive experience into this evening, one of Hollywood's favorite celebrities, Eva Longoria Parker, will host a private party at the CityCenter location of her highly anticipated new Latin steakhouse, Beso, one of several innovative dining experiences to open at Crystals.

"I am thrilled to be expanding my restaurant franchise, and cannot think of a more perfect location than Crystals at CityCenter," said Eva Longoria Parker. "Vegas is full of energy, excitement, and in the city of lights, Beso will be right at home."

An architectural movement of sheer energy, Crystals' interactive atmosphere invites guests to be part of the excitement. The exterior architecture, conceived by Studio Daniel Libeskind*, is a multi-faceted, brilliant glass canopy depicting the intricate beauty of a quartz crystal that welcomes an abundance of natural light into the stunning three-level experiential environment. Within, David Rockwell and Rockwell Group have created an abstract 21st century park that celebrates nature and the seasons, featuring "changeable artwork" in the way of hanging gardens and a colorful flower carpet.

"In Crystals we have coupled stunning architecture and interior design with one-of-a-kind offerings from the fashion industry's most celebrated brands to create a premier social and cultural environment in the heart of the city," said Frank Visconti, president of retail for CityCenter. "Here, Las Vegas visitors have a unique place to discover the finer things in life."

The Taubman Company, the world's leading developer of upscale shopping centers, who is responsible for the leasing of Crystals, has assembled an unprecedented collection of luxury retailers and dining destinations.

This incredible array of prestigious brands features one of the largest Louis Vuitton stores in the world, as well as flagships for Tiffany & Co., Prada, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, and Ermenegildo Zegna.

Unique- to-the-market retailers include: Tom Ford, Assouline, Carolina Herrera, de Grisogono, Kiki De Montparnasse, Kiton, Lanvin, Marni, Mikimoto, Miu Miu, Paul Smith, Porsche Design, Rodney Lough Gallery, and Tourbillon.

Other luxury retailers opening large format stores: Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Cartier, Christian Dior, Fendi, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Versace. Many of these brands will be opening this month, with the balance opening the 1st half of 2010.
Eva Longoria Parker's Beso is joined by dining destinations Mastro's Ocean Club, a new offering by Todd English, Todd English P.U.B., and two new concepts by Wolfgang Puck, The Pods by Wolfgang Puck and Brasserie PUCK. Additional retail, restaurant and entertainment offerings will be announced throughout 2010.

The 500,000 square foot Crystals retail and entertainment district, is the second destination to open at CityCenter. Vdara Hotel & Spa opened Tuesday, December 1, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas opens tomorrow, December 4 and ARIA Resort & Casino opens Wednesday, December 16.

For More Information:
Christi Braginton
MGM MIRAGE Public Relations
702-650-7565