Americans Trend Toward Greener Travel; Not Just Earth Day, Every Day

April 22, 2010
CityCenter's ARIA Resort & Casino Delivers Year-Round Eco-Friendly Indulgence, No Sacrifices

Vacationers are beginning to realize that green choices are not just for Earth Day, but for every day. A recent national survey by Travelzoo® found that 91 percent of travelers would prefer to stay at an eco-certified hotel if they didn't have to sacrifice amenities or experience. Interestingly, the rare combination of environmental responsibility within a magnificent luxury getaway does exist in the unlikeliest of places: Sin City.

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ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter, one of only 40 LEED® certified hotels across the globe and the largest LEED Gold resort in existence, delivers the excitement and indulgence for which the city is renowned while bringing a new level of environmental awareness to the world-famous Strip. The resort was recently named the U.S. winner of Hospitality Design's 2010 Earth-Minded Awards for Hospitality, heralded for its innovative green technology and sustainable design.

ARIA debuted in December 2009 as part of CityCenter, a dazzling urban resort destination adjacent to Bellagio. ARIA features an extraordinary collection of exceptional restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a world-class spa, exclusive fashion-forward shopping, contemporary gaming, a larger-than-life modern art collection, high-tech meeting and event space, and Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil®, celebrating the life and music of Elvis Presley. CityCenter is one of the world's largest private sustainable developments.

  Key Sustainable Highlights:
  --  Ride in Style. ARIA features the world's first fleet of stretch limos
      powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG); preferred
      parking for alternative-fuel vehicles; and the electric CityCenter
      Tram, connecting to five resorts and a retail district on the west
      side of Las Vegas Boulevard.
  --  Win Green, Go Green. ARIA's casino features energy-efficient slot
      machines with innovative bases that double as air-handling units,
      efficiently cooling guests from the ground up, rather than wasting
      energy by cooling empty space from the ceiling.
  --  Worldly Cuisine, Locally Sourced. Many of ARIA's acclaimed restaurants
      buy produce, meat and dairy direct from responsible local sources.
      Organic ingredients, numerous gourmet vegetarian options and
      biodynamic wines abound.
  --  Good for the Soul, Good for the Sole. ARIA is the only Nevada hotel
      participating in ReCORK, a wine cork recycling program. In partnership
      with SOLE, ReCORK repurposes corks into footwear products. The
      program's goal is to educate audiences about the crucial role cork
      forests play in curbing climate change.
  --  Organic Indulgence. The Spa at ARIA transports guests to a state of
      rejuvenation with multiple organic therapies designed to balance, ease
      and enhance.
  --  Stylish and Sustainable. Sensual and sophisticated, ARIA's
      contemporary guestrooms and suites may look deliciously sinful, but
      they incorporate only certified wood taken from forests with
      responsible management practices. Low VOC paints and sustainable
      certified carpet ensure the highest indoor air quality.
  --  Eco Art. CityCenter's eco-friendly practices carry through to pieces
      in its museum-worthy public Fine Art Collection. Maya Lin's "Silver
      River," an 84-foot cast of the Colorado River, uses reclaimed silver
      and pays homage to Nevada's standing as the "Silver State."
  --  Seeing Vegas in a New Light. Extensive natural light is showcased in
      ARIA through expansive glass walls and skylights to reduce energy use.
  --  On The Strip, Off the Grid. CityCenter features the first energy
      generation on The Strip through its 8.5-megawatt, natural gas
      co-generation plant, providing efficient electricity on site (10
      percent of overall CityCenter use), reducing emissions and using
      "waste heat" to provide all domestic hot water at CityCenter,
      including within its numerous pools. Energy-efficiency initiatives
      provide a savings equivalent to powering 8,800 households annually.
  --  Saving Water in the Desert. Gone are the days of unsatisfying showers
      due to low-flow shower heads. CityCenter worked with manufacturers to
      invent designer water fixtures that deliver incredibly satisfying,
      high-pressure showers while using a third less water. At CityCenter,
      water conservation technology and programs save approximately 40
      percent of water within the buildings and 60 percent in outdoor
      landscaping, for an overall savings of approximately 50 million
      gallons annually.


  --  Guestroom corridors streaming with natural light open to areas of
      enclosed glass, delivering spectacular city or mountain views. Within
      ARIA's 4,004 guestrooms, including 568 suites, panoramic
      floor-to-ceiling windows offer magnificent views of Las Vegas'
      striking skyline.  Modern decor, lavish amenities, cutting-edge
      entertainment and next-generation technology are the hallmark of these
      plush retreats.

  --  Presented by Cirque du Soleil in an 1,840-seat theater, Viva ELVIS™
      pays tribute to the music and life of Elvis Presley, fusing dance and
      acrobatics, live music and iconic tracks, nostalgia and modernity,
      high technology and raw emotion. Extraordinary artistry, stunning
      special effects and The King of Rock 'n' Roll electrify Vegas in a
      show like no other.


ARIA has assembled many of the best and brightest chefs and restaurateurs from around the country, uniting Las Vegas favorites with a pair of remarkable newcomers.

  --  Sage - Chicagoan Shawn McClain's new American menu at Sage is laced
      with strong Mediterranean subtexts that spotlight his culinary finesse
      through the seasonal plentitude of neighboring California and the
      Pacific coast. Fresh produce, artisanal meats, gourmet vegetarian
      offerings and sustainable seafood converges in McClain's signature
      dishes. McClain was named Esquire magazine's Chef of the Year in 2001
      and Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation in 2006.
  --  Bar Masa and Shaboo - Chef Masa Takayama shares his unrivaled Japanese
      cuisine with Las Vegas at Bar Masa. Reminiscent of his legendary New
      York restaurant, Bar Masa offers two separate dining spaces, each
      unique in ambiance and cuisine. The spacious Bar Masa invites guests
      to sample their favorites from an a la carte menu. The more exclusive
      Shaboo is set in an intimate room and offers an omakase-style
      experience orchestrated anew each day by Chef.
  --  Julian Serrano - Award-winning Chef Serrano shares his first
      professional exploration of his native Spanish cuisine. His namesake
      restaurant fuses classic Spanish fare with traditional and innovative
      tapas, seafood, paella and more. Julian Serrano captures the convivial
      social energy of Spain's tapas bars with creative food and an
      imaginative patio setting.  Chef Serrano was named Best Chef
      California (1998) and Best Chef Southwest (2002) by the James Beard
  --  UNION Restaurant & Lounge - The Light Group's UNION Restaurant &
      Lounge serves a creative and robust dinner menu featuring contemporary
      American cuisine. Executive Chef Brian Massie offers unique
      interpretations of American favorites in a cutting-edge environment. 
      UNION's hip and open layout by renowned designer Adam Tihany includes
      a series of strategically positioned floor-to-ceiling architectural
      "trees" that give the open space a sense of seclusion and intimacy.
  --  Jean Philippe Patisserie - Award-winning Pastry Chef Jean-Philippe
      Maury delivers beauty, whimsy, and sublime indulgence with the launch
      of his second Parisian-style pastry shop. The patisserie features an
      array of sweet and savory treats including quick gourmet meals from an
      on-site kitchen, a 45-flavor line of house-made gelato, exquisite
      chocolates and seasonal flavors for every delicacy.
  --  Blossom - Bursting with exotic ingredients, intoxicating aromas, and
      welcome surprises, Blossom invites to its tables both fans of classic
      and modern Chinese cuisine. Blossom offers the best of China's
      culinary wisdom tailored for the western palate, and a more
      contemporary Chinese collection with trend-forward dishes fresh from
      Beijing and Hong Kong.
  --  Lemongrass - The first Thai restaurant in a resort on the Las Vegas
      Strip offers a modern interpretation of Thai cuisine. Guests can enjoy
      authentic Thai dishes such as Papaya Salad, Pad Thai and traditional
      Thai curries. An interactive satay bar features beef, poultry, pork
      and seafood skewers grilled on an open fire. The expansive bar
      showcases inspired Asian cocktails and teas.
  --  AMERICAN FISH - Michael Mina explores America's bountiful waterways
      and great culinary traditions with AMERICAN FISH.  The restaurant pays
      homage to rustic cooking methods from across the country - lobster
      boils, clam bakes and campfire cookouts - but applies them with modern
      finesse for a truly refined affair.  Dishes draw on authentic regional
      products from the nation's great rivers, lakes and oceans, such as
      Copper River salmon and Great Lakes walleye.
  --  Jean Georges Steakhouse - Michelin three-star, James Beard
      Award-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten pushes the boundaries of
      traditional steakhouse expectations with this contemporary rewrite.
      The highest-quality meats and seafood from around the world cook to
      perfection with flavor-releasing techniques, then receive a signature
      Vongerichten jolt via unexpected sauces and side dishes.  House-made
      steak sauces, mustards, rubs and flavored salts deliver ultimate
      satisfaction, complemented by sides with atypical flavors like steamed
      pumpkin, roasted porcini mushrooms and truffle.
  --  Sirio Ristorante - The Maccioni family introduces impeccable Italian
      taste with Sirio Ristorante. The balanced Italian menu represents a
      collection of favorites from restaurateur Sirio Maccioni's childhood
      and travels.  Most dishes are faithfully traditional; others are
      Italian-American fusions born in the boroughs of New York City.
  --  The Buffet - ARIA's gourmet, all-you-can-eat buffet features a
      delectable array of beef, game, fresh seafood, vegetables and fruit,
      along with French desserts from the patisserie of world-renowned
      Pastry Chef Jean-Philippe Maury.  The 25,000-square-foot haven is
      flooded with natural light from panoramic windows that overlook ARIA's
      pool deck.

  From quiet piano bars to hip lounges, ARIA brings day and night to life.
  --  HAZE Nightclub - HAZE Nightclub is a colossal cutting-edge space in
      which guests are challenged to question their sense of perception and
      reality. The main dance floor peers up at a wall of interactive
      projection screens stretching 100 feet across a performance structure
      where impromptu acts by world-renowned artists regularly take place,
      amplified by a one-of-a-kind sound system designed by John Lyons
  --  The Deuce Lounge - Located off ARIA's casino floor is an invigorating
      destination fusing the elements of an upscale lounge with high-limit
      gaming, creating an intimate nightlife experience. The space invites
      guests to try their luck on the numerous blackjack tables around the
      room while enjoying cocktails from an inventive menu. The lounge also
      features a number of HD flat-screen TVs for guests to watch evening
      sporting events while enjoying hors d'oeuvres from UNION's kitchen.
  --  The GOLD Lounge - Decadent black and gold throughout, The GOLD Lounge
      is the latest from the partnership between Cirque du Soleil and The
      Light Group.  Inspired by Elvis Presley's Graceland, the lounge's
      modern decor consists of design patterns found within the Memphis
      mansion. The lounge offers the ultimate spot to sip on handcrafted
      cocktails and indulge in contemporary appetizers before Viva ELVIS™
      or party into the night while experiencing Vegas' hottest DJs.
  --  Bar Moderno - The piano lounge is a chic getaway off the casino floor
      where guests can enjoy masterfully crafted signature cocktails and
      live music as they bask in the energetic atmosphere.

  Spa, Salon and Fitness Center
  --  Synchronizing balance and beauty, The Spa at ARIA presents a
      personalized journey for guests into a peaceful haven where nature's
      healing properties take center stage.  Salt, stone, earth, fire and
      water join to create a spa experience that elevates guests to a
      meditative state for introspection and relaxation.
  --  The 80,000-square-foot spa complex features two levels of luxury
      including meditation and relaxation rooms, separate men's and women's
      spas with eucalyptus steam rooms and redwood saunas, a full-service
      salon, deluxe fitness room and group exercise studio.  A complete menu
      of skincare, massage and hydrotherapy treatments from around the world
      can be enjoyed in its 62 individual treatment rooms, and three private
      spa suites accommodate couple's treatments, bachelorette parties or
      small group events.

  Pool Area and Liquid
  --  ARIA's vast 215,000-square-foot pool deck is a tropical oasis in the
      heart of the desert.  Shielded by lush plantings of oversized palm,
      acacia, pine and bottle trees, the soft and sensual paradise features
      three primary pools and Liquid, an adults-only pool operated by The
      Light Group.
  --  The ultimate in poolside opulence, Liquid is defined by its
      distinctive contemporary ambience and ultra VIP service. Poolside
      music sets a lively mood as guests enjoy the exclusivity and seclusion
      provided by towering palms. Two luxury VIP pools create a tempting
      cool oasis from the hot Vegas sun.

  Business and Convention Travel
  --  ARIA provides the most magnificent meeting experience in Las Vegas
      with a unique blend of modern architecture, distinctive decor, and
      300,000 square feet of technologically advanced meeting and convention
      space paired with an abundance of natural light through a beautiful
      glass wall overlooking ARIA's pool deck.
  --  Four ballrooms offer the flexibility to accommodate gatherings of all
      sizes from 10 to 5,000 attendees, and three feature fully functioning
      theatrical stages.  The facility encompasses three levels and delivers
      a total of 38 meeting rooms ranging from 800 to 2,000 square feet on
      each level.

  Art at ARIA
  --  Maya Lin - Perched high above ARIA's reception desk against a
      panoramic window is Lin's first work of art in Las Vegas: "Silver
      River," inspired by the boundaries and topography of the Colorado
      River as it carves the desert landscape of the United States. In the
      spirit of CityCenter's commitment to sustainability and in light of
      Nevada's standing as "The Silver State," Lin used reclaimed silver to
      develop her creation.
  --  Tony Cragg - Located within ARIA's Self-Park Entry Lobby atrium are
      Cragg's three towering columns - "Bolt," "Bent of Mind" and
      "Untitled." "Bolt," a 10-foot-high stainless steel sculpture, swirls
      upward from its narrow base in an imaginative bolt of lightning; "Bent
      of Mind" gives the illusion of an elegant silhouette of a face, as do
      many of his other works; and "Untitled" (tall column) presents a
      smooth, curving dialogue.
  --  Jenny Holzer - As guests exit ARIA's North Entrance via the valet,
      they encounter "VEGAS," which displays Holzer's thought-provoking
      phrases, including some from her famous "Truisms," scrolling across
      the LED wall. Because CityCenter attracts visitors from around the
      world, Holzer included international proverbs as a way to welcome,
      include and intrigue.
  --  Antony Gormley - Suspended over ARIA's Promenade oculus, "Feeling
      Material" is part of Gormley's continually developing series in which
      he reinvents the human form. Using spiraling steel, Gormley aims not
      only to represent the silhouette of the human body but to visually
      convey the physical space it occupies; a still place at the center of
      an orbiting energy field.
  --  Henry Moore - In The Park between ARIA and Crystals, guests happen
      upon "Reclining Connected Forms," 1969-1974, a sculpture by English
      artist Henry Moore, one of the most celebrated sculptors of his time.
      Inspired by the fundamentals of the human experience - the primary
      theme of his life's work - the sculpture measures approximately 10
      feet tall and 17 feet long by 7 feet deep, represents a baby wrapped
      in its mother's embrace. The graceful outer shell of the sculpture
      depicts the changing shape of a pregnant figure as it protects the new
      life growing within.

  Retail at CityCenter
  --  Just outside ARIA's lobby doors is Crystals, CityCenter's retail and
      entertainment district.  The luxurious shopping area houses more than
      500,000 square feet of sophisticated retail and dining. Designed by
      Studio Daniel Libeskind with interior architecture by David Rockwell,
      Crystals combines dramatic architecture with exclusive offerings from
      the world's most elite brands. This magnificent gathering place
      welcomes guests on a journey through couture, cuisine and
      entertainment as they enjoy a unique sense of place at the heart of
      the world-famous Strip.
  --  An incredible array of prestigious brands at Crystals include the
      largest Louis Vuitton store in North America, as well as flagship
      stores for Tiffany & Co., Prada, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and
      Ermenegildo Zegna, all presented under Crystals' multi-faceted canopy
      of unprecedented brilliance. Unique-to-the-market retailers include
      TOM FORD, Carolina Herrera, Paul Smith, Kiton, Kiki De Montparnasse,
      Marni, Assouline, H. Stern, Tourbillon, Porsche Design, de Grisogono,
      Lanvin and rLo Gallery (Rodney Lough Jr. Wilderness Collections
  --  Restaurants debuting Las Vegas locations at Crystals include Eva
      Longoria Parker's Beso and Mastro's Ocean Club, joined by an exciting
      new pub concept - Todd English P.U.B.  Wolfgang Puck offers two
      innovative new restaurant concepts, The Pods by Wolfgang Puck and
      Brasserie PUCK, a French-style brasserie which features
      interpretations of traditional French classics.

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