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Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Hotel Contact:
875 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, Mississippi 39530
United States
Main: 228-386-7171
Email: Email Hotel Mike Davis
Executive Director of Sales: Mike Davis
Website: www.beaurivage.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.4
Chain MGM Resorts International
Opened 1999
Renovated 2006
Guest Rooms 1,740
Kings/Suites/Doubles 998 / 95 / 643
Room Rates High $129 - 199 Low $109 - 169
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
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Max Group Size 1800

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee $15
Room Tax 12%
Sales Tax 7%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 17,000ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 32,000ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 50,000ft²

Airport Proximity

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
30 min 15 miles (24 km)
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
100 min 102 miles (161 km)
Mobile Regional Airport
75 min 60 miles (120 km)

Business:

Conference center
audiovisual support
wireless internet service
event planning.

Recreation:

Spa and salon
fitness center
swimming pool
Shopping Promenade
numerous restaurants and bars
full-service casino
theater with live entertainment
nightclubs
and arcade.

Nearby:

Fallen Oak Golf Club
Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center
and day trips to New Orleans.
Onsite Dining: Capacity
B.R. Prime
168
Steak House
Jia
168
Pan-Asian Cuisine
Pool Bar & Cafe
72
Smoothies, Sandwiches, Appetizers
Scoops
34
Frozen Treats
Snacks
36
Salads, Deli Sandwiches
Stalla
152
Italian Cuisine
Terrace Cafe
134
24/7 American Bistro
The Buffet
632
200-item Menu
The Roasted Bean
30
Gourmet Coffee, Espresso, Teas

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $23 Cont. $17
Lunch Buffet $30 Plated $20
Dinner Buffet $55 Plated $24
Coffee Break $12
2-Hour Open Bar $24
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.
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4.4
6 reviews
Arrival Experience:
4.5
Accommodations:
4.3
Food & Beverage:
4.3
Guest Service Experience:
4.5
Conference Services Staff:
4.1
Meeting and Function Facilities:
4.5
Activity or Recreation Options:
4.3
Planner-to-Planner Recommendation:
4.3
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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
Azalea Ballroom 409 13.7 x 30.2 5 4,400 45' x 99' 15 216 400 240 325 0 0 0 0
Azalea Ballroom A 105 13.7 x 7.6 5 1,125 45' x 25' 15 54 90 60 75 36 30 0 0
Azalea Ballroom B 100 13.7 x 7.3 5 1,080 45' x 24' 15 54 90 60 75 36 30 0 0
Azalea Ballroom C 100 13.7 x 7.3 5 1,080 45' x 24' 15 54 90 60 75 36 30 0 0
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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.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Stephanie Sheppard
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
(312) 780-5399
stephanie.sheppard@hyatt.com

Sandy Zanella
MGM Resorts International
(702) 604-4124
zanellas@mgmresorts.com
BEAU RIVAGE RESORT & CASINO EARNS GREEN KEY HOSPITALITY RATING
Posted January 23, 2013
MGM Resorts International Properties Earn Highest Ratings in Mississippi
BILOXI, Miss. – Jan. 23, 2013 – Green Key Global, the leading international certification body evaluating sustainable hotel operations, has awarded a “4 Green Keys" rating to Beau Rivage for its “green” business operations.

The Green Key Eco-Rating Program awards 1-5 Green Keys (5 being the highest) based on sustainable practices. A 4 Green Key rating demonstrates that Beau Rivage has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through its policies and procedures. The resort has programs in place that have shown substantial and measurable results, and involve management, employees, guests, and the public.

Of the 17 Mississippi properties that have received Green Key certification, Beau Rivage and MGM Resorts International sister property Gold Strike Tunica are the first resorts to receive "4 Green Keys,” the highest rating in the state.
“This is the first time that our Mississippi operations have been evaluated in this way and the first time that our everyday commitment to ‘green’ practices have been formally validated,” said George P. Corchis, Jr., president and chief operating officer of MGM Resorts International’s Regional Operations, which includes Mississippi’s Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica. “Our Company has seriously embraced sustainability practices and the responsibility of reducing our environmental impact and we are proud that our Mississippi properties have earned elite recognition in sustainable hotel operations.”
Green Key member properties and rankings are listed on the www.greenkeyglobal.com website, a valuable resource for environmentally conscious travelers and meeting planners, and also are recognized through Green Key Global’s network of marketing partners including AAA, Travelocity and Expedia, among others. Overall, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program has more than 3,000 member hotels and is the foremost “green” ranking and audit program in the U.S.

“It is wonderful to see that MGM’s Mississippi properties Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica are dedicated to implementing a high standard of sustainable initiatives throughout their respective facilities,” said Tony Pollard, Managing Director of Green Key Global. “The achievement of a 4 Key Rating requires long-term commitment and support at all levels of operations.”

The Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize hotels, motels and resorts that are committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance.

Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, hoteliers are awarded a 1-5 Green Key rating (5 being the highest ranking) and provided with guidance on how to "unlock" opportunities to become a cutting edge, green lodging property, and reduce environmental impacts and operating costs through reduced utility consumption, employee training, and supply chain management.
The program assesses the 5 main operational areas of a resort including conference and meeting facilities, food & beverage operations, housekeeping, engineering, and corporate environmental management and nine areas of sustainable practices: energy conservation, water conservation, solid waste management, hazardous waste management, indoor air quality, community outreach, building infrastructure, land use and environmental management.
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.
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.

About Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
MGM Resorts International’s Biloxi Mississippi-based AAA Four Diamond casino resort features 1,740 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 10 restaurants, four nightclubs and bars, a 85,000-square-foot gaming area, a 1,550-seat theatre, an upscale shopping promenade, a world-class spa & salon and Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course. For more information, call (888) 567-6667 or visit www.beaurivage.com.
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CONTACTS:

MGM Resorts International Mississippi Operations
Mary Cracchiolo Spain
(228) 386.7134
mspain@beaurivage.com

Green Key
Zachary Conen
(215) 449.0304
zach.conen@lraworldwide.com

Fallen Oak Closes 2011 with Two More Honors from Golfweek Magazine
Posted December 19, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 12/19/2011

Fallen Oak Closes 2011 with Two More Honors from Golfweek Magazine
Respected Publication Once Again Selects MGM Resorts International’s Tom Fazio-Designed Masterpiece No. 2 Casino Course, No. 13 Resort Course

BILOXI, Miss. – In five short years, Fallen Oak has grown into a course that has become an elite golfing destination for not only the game’s legends, but those with a legendary course on their must-play list. Fallen Oak has wrapped up another award-winning year by earning two more honors from Golfweek – the No. 2 spot on the magazine’s Best Casino Courses list for 2011 and the No. 13 spot on its list of Best Resort Courses for 2012.

It is the fifth time the Tom Fazio-designed MGM Resorts International course has garnered praise in each category. It has been selected the No. 2 Casino Course every year since it has been open (2007-2011). Each time, including this year, Fallen Oak trailed only sister MGM Resorts International course Shadow Creek in the list of America’s top 50 courses attached to or affiliated with a casino.

Out of a possible 10 points, Fallen Oak earned a 7.31, holding more than a third-of-a-point lead over its nearest rival.

Among resort courses, Fallen Oak’s parent – Beau Rivage – dropped one place from its 2011 position as America’s No. 12 Resort Course. It debuted at No. 22 in 2009.

With these latest honors, the 5-year-old course garnered its 18th award from Golfweek and 29th national award from golf and lifestyle publications. As happens with virtually everyone who plays Fallen Oak and experiences Fazio’s world-class layout and masterful use of the DeSoto National Forest’s hardwood trees, wetlands, marshes, pecan groves and magnolias, the publication’s raters were as taken with Fallen Oak as the Champions Tour players who visit every spring for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

“Fallen Oak is really incredible, one of the best golf courses I’ve played out here. The shot values are fantastic,” Champions Tour pro and CBS Golf Analyst Gary McCord said. “The way the course is cut out of the trees and the oaks, the second shots are fantastic. It is really a nice facility. You combine this facility with Beau Rivage to stay in; it’s one of the nicest combinations of golf course and hotel that I’ve seen anywhere in the United States.”

Fallen Oak’s and Beau Rivage’s status as one of the top baker’s-dozen golf resorts in the country puts it in elite company – and ahead of top courses such as Sea Island in Georgia (No. 16), Kapalua in Maui (No. 17) and the Greenbrier in West Virginia (No. 33). All three of which play host to PGA TOUR events.

“The goal with Fallen Oak has always been to create a total golf experience that compliments the Beau Rivage experience,” said George P. Corchis Jr., president and chief operating officer of MGM Resorts International’s Regional Operations, which includes Beau Rivage in Biloxi. “These latest honors from Golfweek not only reflect the brilliance of Fallen Oak, but the work of the people who create the experience for our guests. They deserve the credit for helping our guests enjoy such a beautiful course.”

Also enjoying the classic elegance of Fallen Oak are many of the game’s legends who have made the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic one of the marquee stops on the Champions Tour. The event returns to Fallen Oak March 19-25, 2012, with defending champion and Champions Tour Player of the Year Tom Lehman leading a parade of the game’s greatest names to what has become one of the must-play courses on the Champions Tour.

“It’s playable and enjoyable. The average player gets out here and gets tested. There’s nothing wrong with that,” Champions Tour player John Cook said. “That’s what a great architect does – allow you to play the golf course.”

Those legends and the raters from Golfweek marveled at Fallen Oak’s dramatic elevation changes, which Fazio incorporated among the more than 4,000 oaks, magnolias, pines and other hardwood trees that join the ponds, streams and wetlands that frame the course.

The clubhouse and practice facilities alone put Fallen Oak among the top courses in the region. Built to resemble an Acadian-style Southern mansion, the 12,000-square foot clubhouse houses a 1,000-square foot pro shop and locker facilities. The 70-seat lounge and restaurant features top-level dining and a panoramic view of the 18th hole, as well as the majestic live oak that gives Fallen Oak its name. In 2008, that clubhouse was voted one of the “Best 19th Holes in Golf” by Golf Digest.

Joining the heralded Shadow Creek as the only golf courses built by MGM Resorts International for their guests, Fallen Oak is located on a 510-acre tract at the edge of the DeSoto National Forest. Stretching to a hearty 7,487 yards from the back tees, Fallen Oak offers golfers five sets of tees and strategic play options as each hole winds through ever-changing terrain and environments.

Fallen Oak is available exclusively for guests of Beau Rivage. Greens fees for this elite MGM Resorts International golf experience are $200. To make reservations, call (877) 805-4657 or visit www.beaurivage.com.


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For More Information:
Mary Cracchiolo-Spain, Beau Rivage
mcracchiolo@beaurivage.com
(228) 386-7134
AS FALLEN OAK TURNS 5, HIGHLY REGARDED COURSE HAS ALREADY MADE ITS MARK ON THE GOLF WORLD
Posted November 29, 2011
MGM Resorts International’s Tom Fazio-Designed Masterpiece Has Earned Awards, Accolades From Pros, Media and Amateurs Alike
BILOXI, Miss. – Nov. 21, 2011 – Tom Lehman and Hale Irwin have driven its fairways and Ben Crenshaw and Loren Roberts have putted its greens. Nick Faldo and Paul Azinger have made TV memories there and governors and national-championship college football coaches alike have walked through its august clubhouse and enjoyed beverages at one of the best 19th holes in golf.
Not bad company to keep for a course barely out of the toddler stage.
Fallen Oak, Tom Fazio’s Gulf Coast masterpiece, just celebrated its fifth anniversary and the younger of the two MGM Resorts International courses has matured into one of the country’s finest and most acclaimed public-access courses.
“We are delighted to be celebrating this milestone,” said George P. Corchis, Jr., president and chief operating officer of MGM Resorts International’s Regional Operations. “In just five short years, many guests, golfers and legends of the game have had the opportunity to experience Fallen Oak and we take tremendous pride in providing what has become a true golf destination.”
In the process of becoming a must-play destination – much as designer Fazio predicted it would when the course opened in November 2006 – Fallen Oak has earned more than 25 awards from publications ranging from Golf Digest to the Robb Report. The latest honor came from Golfweek, which recently named the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino the No. 13 Golf Resort in the country – the fourth consecutive year it has earned that honor. The awards encompass elements ranging from its stately yet invitingly warm clubhouse to the overall resort experience golfers receive.
In 2008, Fallen Oak’s bar and restaurant was named one of the “Top 50 19th Holes in Golf” by Golf Digest. It received five “shot glasses” out of a possible five for service and mixology, the latter on the strength of its signature Bloody Mary. Sipping one of those while taking in the view from the sunken bar to the 18th green and the forested landscape beyond – a panorama personally inspired by MGM Resorts International President Bobby Baldwin – merely adds to the overall experience.

“As Fallen Oak evolves, it takes on a vastly different look than it did five years ago,” said Fallen Oak General Manager David Stinson. “As is with most things, Fallen Oak has only become better with age.
From the denser vegetation, the speed of the course, to the maturity of the turf, Fallen Oak is even more special now than when it was birthed five short years ago.”
How far Fallen Oak has come can be seen in the events it has played host to during that time: There was the second-annual Governor’s Cup in May 2007, which raised a record $2.75 million for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast. There was the inaugural “Faldo-Azinger Captain’s Challenge” which pitted 2008 Ryder Cup captains Paul Azinger (U.S.) and Sir Nick Faldo (Europe) in a made-for-TV series of challenges that culminated with an 18-hole match at Fallen Oak. That September 2008 Golf Channel broadcast put the camera eye on Fallen Oak for the first time.
It wouldn’t be the last time. A mere 19 months later, Fallen Oak would welcome many of the game’s legends to the Gulf Coast as the course played host to the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Major champions such as Azinger, Lehman, Bernhard Langer, Craig Stadler and Mark O’Meara, along with the likes of Peter Jacobsen, John Cook, Jay Haas and Loren Roberts, among others, gave Fallen Oak rave reviews for its aesthetics, challenge and overall layout.
“Condition-wise, the strength of the layout, this is easily in the top-five – if not the best course – we play,” Haas said.
“I think the par-5s out here are especially good. It’s not easy to make a great par-5. you can make a hard par-5, but to make one that’s fun to play and still strategic isn’t always simple,” said Lehman, who set the course record with an 8-under-par 64 en route to winning the 2011 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. “I think the ones out here are pretty good. They look beautiful and they force you to be strategic with your second shots to go for the green in two. I think they’re fun to play and more than anything, that’s a key word for the course for me – it is a fun golf course. Golf is meant to be fun and this is a fun course.”
University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban enjoyed his round at Fallen Oak during the 2010 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Yet “fun” wasn’t exactly at the top of the adjective list when Fazio talked about what went into creating Fallen Oak. But when the noted architect described what he thought golfers would get out of a Fallen Oak experience, Fazio said the plot of land he had at his disposal -- on the edge of the DeSoto National Forest – was among the best templates he ever had.
After all, it’s not every day you get 510 pristine acres of wetlands – along with more than 4,000 oaks, magnolias, pines and other hardwood trees framing the fairways, ponds, streams and wetlands – as your canvas. But Fazio added an element not seen on Gulf Coast courses – elevation changes. The complete package of nature mixed with the understanding of a master in how to bring out and enhance that natural element is what makes Fallen Oak the must-play masterpiece it became.


“Again, you can call it hype, you can call it grand marketing, you can do all that. But eventually, with anything of quality, you can only go so far with hype. You have to have substance and the substance is here,” Fazio said. “It’s the kind of golf course you have to come and see because it’s that special.”
The special course that is Fallen Oak joins the heralded Shadow Creek as the only golf courses built by MGM Resorts International for their guests. Stretching to a hearty 7,487 yards from the back tees, Fallen Oak offers golfers five sets of tees and strategic play options as each hole winds through ever-changing terrain and environments.
Fallen Oak is available exclusively for guests of Beau Rivage. Greens fees are $200. To make reservations, call 877.805.4657 or visit www.beaurivage.com.
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
Fallen Oak Adds Another Honor to Growing List With Recognition as One of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses You Can Play
Posted October 8, 2008
MGM MIRAGE'S Tom Fazio-Designed Course Is Ranked Third
Among First-Time Courses; 29th Overall

BILOXI, Miss. - The list of honors that Fallen Oak has earned for its beauty, playability and overall experience just increased with the golf course's debut inclusion in the prestigious GOLF Magazine "Top-100 Courses You Can Play" list.

The Tom Fazio-designed MGM MIRAGE course checked in at No. 29 on the biennial list of elite courses that don't require a country club membership to play.

"The feedback from our course evaluators about Fallen Oak is that it's the Southern equivalent of Shadow Creek," said Joe Passov, GOLF Magazine's Architecture and Course Rankings Editor. "It's just such an extra-special property, with gorgeous landscaping and unusually rolling terrain for that part of the country. It's basically tantamount to a first-class, private-club experience that is open to guests of the resort. It's obviously something special. To crack the Top-30 courses you can play in its very first year of eligibility means it has an awful lot going for it."

Fallen Oak was one of 11 courses making its debut on the prestigious list. Of the 11, only highly acclaimed Chambers Bay in Washington and Erin Hills in Wisconsin were ranked ahead of Fallen Oak. It is one of three courses in Mississippi on the Top 100 list and the second-highest casino course on the list, behind big sister Shadow Creek in North Las Vegas, which was No. 13.

"While Shadow Creek was hewn from an absolutely barren landscape, this 7,487-yard layout flaunts its natural attributes, from the rolling terrain to its streams, lakes and wetlands," Passov writes in GOLF. "The Southern mansion clubhouse adds greatly to the Gone With the Wind ambience, but it's the individual holes that lift Fallen Oak from merely 'pretty' to 'pretty great.'"

Passov, who oversees the list, is one of the most recognized golf and travel writers in the country. Besides GOLF Magazine, he handles ratings for Zagat's and has written for numerous publications, including the Robb Report.

"With Fazio's design, the natural beauty of the terrain and MGM MIRAGE's commitment to service, we knew Fallen Oak would be a special place," said George P. Corchis, Jr., president and chief operating officer of MGM MIRAGE's Mississippi resorts, which includes Beau Rivage in Biloxi and the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica. "To be recognized as one of the nation's top courses so soon after opening is quite an honor. We are both proud and pleased, because we know the course will only continue to improve as it matures."

The award marked the third time in the last four months Fallen Oak has received recognition from golfers and the golf media.

In January, Golf Digest selected Fallen Oak as the No. 2 Best New Public Course $75 and Over. In March, Golf Digest recognized Fallen Oak's lounge with a panoramic view of the 18th hole as one of the "Top 19th Holes in Golf."

Last year, Golfweek Magazine selected Fallen Oak as No. 2 among its prestigious 25-course list of Best Casino Courses for 2007.

Fallen Oak was also mentioned as one of the must-play golf resorts in the 2007 Robb Report's "Best of the Best" issue and has been featured or prominently mentioned in such publications as Golf Digest, Golfweek, LINKS, T+ L Golf, US Airways Magazine, Golf for Women Magazine, GolfSouth Magazine and Golf Vacations Magazine.

And from the moment it opened on Nov. 6, 2006, Fallen Oak has impressed players and writers alike with its dramatic elevation changes - unheard of for a Gulf Coast course - and more than 4,000 stately oaks, magnolias, pines and other hardwood trees, interspersed with ponds, streams and wetlands.

Aside from those elevation changes, remarkably true-rolling greens and Fazio's dynamic design tactics of using the DeSoto National Forest and all its inherent natural elements as a template, the multi-million dollar course features undulating terrain and pecan orchards amid the oaks, pines and magnolias.

The clubhouse and practice facilities alone put Fallen Oak among the top courses in the region. Built to resemble an Acadian-style Southern mansion, the 12,000-square foot clubhouse houses a 1,000-square foot pro shop and locker facilities. The 70-seat lounge and restaurant features top-level dining and a panoramic view of the 18th hole, as well as the majestic live oak that gives Fallen Oak its name.

From the moment guests enter the lush and picturesque course through the gated front entrance, they know they are someplace special. With a personal greeting upon arrival, swing tips on the practice facility, exceptional caddy service, on-course food and beverage and chilled scented towels, Beau Rivage guests find a round at Fallen Oak that delivers an experience that is memorable and unrivaled in the region.

Stretching to a hearty 7,487 yards from the back tees, Fallen Oak offers golfers five sets of tees and strategic play options as each hole winds through ever-changing terrain and environments.

Fallen Oak is available exclusively for guests of Beau Rivage. Greens fees for this elite MGM MIRAGE golf experience are $200- $300. To make reservations, call (877) 805-4657 or visit [url]www.beaurivage.com[/url].


For More Information:
Mary Cracchiolo-Spain, Beau Rivage
[email]mcracchiolo@beaurivage.com[/email]
(228) 386-7134
Beau Rivage Employees Donate $309, 400 to 94 Charitable Organizations in Mississippi
Posted October 7, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 10/7/2008

Beau Rivage Employees Donate $309, 400 to 94 Charitable Organizations in Mississippi

BILOXI, Miss. " Beau Rivage employees have raised $309,400 for 94 charitable organizations in Mississippi through the employee-funded, nonprofit MGM MIRAGE Voice Foundation. Since the Voice Foundation launched its first employee giving campaign in 2002, more than $1 million has been raised by Beau Rivage employees for charitable programs in Mississippi.

The MGM MIRAGE Voice Foundation serves as an outlet for our employees to get involved in shaping and supporting our community by making financial contributions to the charities that are near and dear to their hearts, said George P. Corchis, Jr., president and chief operating officer of MGM MIRAGEs Mississippi resorts, which includes Beau Rivage in Biloxi and the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Miss. Even in these challenging economic times, our employees set a new record and donated 33 percent more than last year.

The MGM MIRAGE Voice Foundation provides employees the opportunity to make direct contributions or divert a portion of their paycheck to charitable organizations. Employees have options for their donation including: 1.) selecting a charity of their choice, providing it operates where the employee lives; 2.) an Employee Emergency Relief Fund, which helps fellow employees facing unexpected emergencies; 3.) the United Way; or 4.) the Voice Foundation Community Fund, which provides grants to charitable organizations selected by a group of MGM MIRAGE employees who are members of the Community Voice Council (CVC).

The agencies to receive the most employee donations in 2008 include St. Judes Children Research Hospital, Humane Society of South Mississippi, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Gulf Coast Womens Center for Non Violence, Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi.

The 2008 Voice Foundation Community Fund will award $93,459 in grants to the following recipients: American Red Cross ($10,000), Back Bay Mission ($10,000), Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast ($10,000), de lEpee Deaf Center ($10,000), Hope Haven of Hancock County ($10,000), Make-A-Wish ($10,000), Memorial Hospital ($5,000), Mental Health Association of Mississippi ($10,000), Points of Light/Hands on Network ($10,000) and Visions of Hope ($8,459). CVC members are selected to serve based on their level of community involvement and workplace experience. Members attend monthly meetings, review grant applications, recommend amounts and agencies to be funded and conduct follow-up visits with local organizations to ensure that donations are used wisely.

Beau Rivages parent company, MGM MIRAGE, absorbs all administrative costs for operating and managing the Voice Foundation including the creation and dissemination of the request for proposals for the grant funds and the actual distribution of the monies. As a result, 100 percent of every dollar pledged by employees goes directly to the charitable organization. In order to qualify for funds, organizations must have an IRS nonprofit status and cannot be political in nature.