Associated Luxury Hotels Expands Its Diamond-Studded Las Vegas Resorts

. October 14, 2008

Associated Luxury Hotels, regarded for its impressive collection of over 80 Four and Five Diamond/Star-quality hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, has expanded its diamond presence in Las Vegas, adding the famed, Bellagio, Mirage and the MGM Grand to its portfolio. The addition of these renowned Las Vegas resorts now allows Associated Luxury Hotels' national sales team to offer meeting planners five of Las Vegas' very best and most famous facilities totaling over 16,000 guestrooms and 2.4 million sq. ft. of meeting space.

These prestigious new members join the portfolio which already included the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and The Hotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. That expansive complex provides planners the largest meeting facilities on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, with 1.5 million sq. ft. of meeting space and 4,317 rooms and suites, ranking it as the fifth largest convention facility in the United States.

The highly regarded Five-Diamond Bellagio is a contemporary European-styled enclave with 3,933 guestrooms accented with fine Italian marble and over 200,000 sq. ft. of meeting and convention space. Facilities include a 45,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom and the 22,000 sq. ft. Bellagio Ballroom, along with meeting rooms ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 sq. ft. This luxury hotel also offers a host of amenities and entertainment, including fine retail outlets, an art gallery, and the famed fountains of Bellagio, which perform a breathtaking "water ballet" for guests, incorporating water with exquisite color, light, music and choreography.

The Mirage, a lush Polynesian paradise, offers expansive space and a variety of meeting and entertainment venues. The hotel has 2,763 guestrooms, featuring everything from imported Spanish and Indonesian marble to custom-designed furniture. The hotel's convention complex is comprised of more than 170,000 sq. ft. of meeting space all on the ground level. From a 24-seat executive boardroom to a beautiful 40,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom and the 90,000 sq. ft. Events Center, planners can customize virtually any meeting configuration.

The MGM Grand holds the distinction as the second-largest casino hotel in the world in guestroom capacity, offering 5,034 oversized guestrooms and more than 500,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a $100 million conference center which is the first and only completely smoke-free conference center in Las Vegas. Additionally, the hotel boasts of 57 meeting rooms and exquisite ballrooms, from the 5,000 sq. ft. Vista Ballroom to the expansive 62,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom which also doubles as an exhibit hall. The majestic architecture, intricate space and endless options in dining, shopping and entertainment provide groups the ultimate meeting facility.

According to David Gabri, president of CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels, "Las Vegas is an incredible place to visit and certainly one of our nation's leading convention, meeting and incentive travel destinations. We are so pleased that our national sales team can now present and offer meeting and convention planners our impressive Four and Five Diamond options in Las Vegas, all through one call, to meet their specific requirements, program and budget. Planners can trust our nearly 20 years of experience to provide not only the leading convention hotels in Las Vegas for their programs, but the very best venues throughout North America."

Since 1986, Associated Luxury Hotels has provided a professionally staffed National Sales Network, providing one-call, multiple destinations sales assistance and expertise to planners exclusively for a prestigious membership of over 80 Four and Five Diamond/Star-quality hotels and resorts serving meetings, conventions and incentive group programs in North America. Associated Luxury Hotels also provides its Luxury Group Desk; toll free, at 866-303-ALHI (2544). For more information, planners can visit www.alhi.com and contact their nearby regional office. Ask for the new 2005-2006 Guide to Meeting Destinations and Facilities in North America, debuting in August.

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