The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino Honored as 2005 Gold Key ‘Elite’ Award and Gold Platter ‘Elite’ Award Winner by Meetings & Conventions Magazine

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ — The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino has been awarded Meetings & Conventions magazine’s highly coveted Gold Key ‘Elite’ Award and Gold Platter ‘Elite’ Award for 2005. This distinguished honor has been established to define the very “best of the best” meeting properties worldwide based on overall professionalism and quality.

“We at The Venetian are very proud of what we have achieved as a team,” stated Pete Boyd, Vice President of Food & Beverage. “We continue to develop new services to offer the premier experience for our guests and it is truly rewarding to be recognized for our accomplishments.”

Basing their selections on the overall quality, Meetings & Conventions readers selected The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino as a Gold Key ‘Elite’ and Gold Platter ‘Elite’ property and one of the finest they have experienced in 2005. This year more than 200 hotels and resorts were honored as Gold Key winners, with only five achieving the Gold Key ‘Elite’ level. The Venetian was also selected as a Gold Platter ‘Elite’ Award winner for excellence in food & beverage. Meetings & Conventions readers, the industry’s toughest and most important critics, selected winning properties based on strict criteria which included: staff attitude; quality of meeting rooms; quality of guest services; quality of food and beverage service; proficiency of handling reservations; technical/support equipment; and a range of facilities.

“By exceeding the levels of excellence set by their peers, the Gold ‘Elite’ properties greatly impressed Meetings &Conventions’ readers and gained the votes of the industry’s most important critics,” stated Bernard W. Schraer, Meetings & Conventions Group Publisher. “Knowing the overall success of an event may rely on the quality of service provided; these exceptional properties consistently rose to the occasion. The Meetings & Conventions staff proudly applauds the properties that have demonstrated the qualities required to achieve the Gold ‘Elite’ status.”

The Venetian will be honored with the Gold Key ‘Elite’ Award and the Gold Platter ‘Elite’ Award at the Meetings & Conventions Gold Awards gala ceremony on November 11, 2005 in New York City. In addition, The Venetian will be featured in Meetings & Conventions’ Gold Awards issue published this November.

About The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino

The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, a repeated recipient of the AAA’s Four Diamond Award, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Re-creating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features The Grand Canal Shoppes, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, the Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum, and a wide variety of entertainment venues on its premises, as well as extensive convention and corporate services. For additional information, visit The Venetian website at www.venetian.com.

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