Issue 167
November 24 - 30, 2003
Volume 3
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Harrah's Announces $165 Million Expansion Of Harrah's Rincon

Le Cirque at Bellagio Receives AAA Five Diamond Award

Canouan Island Plays Its Trump Card

MGM Mirage, British soccer club will combine on entertainment complex

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Harrah's Announces $165 Million Expansion Of Harrah's Rincon


LAS VEGAS--Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. announced its plans for a $165 million expansion of the Harrah's Rincon hotel-casino owned by the Rincon San Luiseno Band of Mission Indians.

The expansion of the property, located near San Diego, California, will more than triple the size of the hotel and includes a spa, a parking garage, expansion of the casino floor and other facility enhancements. The expansion, designed to transform the facility into a full-service destination resort, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2004.

The National Indian Gaming Commission has also approved the Tribe's extension of its agreement for HCAL Corporation, a Harrah's subsidiary, to manage the hotel-casino through November 14, 2010.

"This expansion marks another milestone for the Rincon tribe," said John Currier, Rincon Tribal Chairman. "We knew from the outset that Harrah's was the absolute best partner for us. Their expertise in casino management has benefited us in many ways, including better education, health care, and basic infrastructure services for our people. We look forward to what this new chapter will bring."

"We are deeply grateful to the Rincon Tribe for this expression of confidence in our company," said Gary Loveman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harrah's. "In just over a year, the tribe and Harrah's have built a thriving, successful business in Southern California, supported by a relationship of mutual trust and respect. We are proud of our latest success in Indian Country, and determined to build on the Harrah's Rincon success story for years to come."

Harrah's Entertainment has approved an additional $165 million loan guaranty to finance the expansion project.

Le Cirque at Bellagio Receives AAA Five Diamond Award

Bellagio, Picasso and Renoir Receive Award for Third Consecutive Year Making Bellagio Only Hotel With Two Five Diamond Restaurants

LAS VEGAS--Diamonds: superior, brilliant, exceptional. Le Cirque received five, joining the ranks of now three-time recipients Bellagio, Picasso, and Renoir at The Mirage. With the addition of Le Cirque to the AAA Five Diamond family, Bellagio becomes the only resort in America to house two Five Diamond award-winning restaurants under one roof.

"The AAA Five Diamond award is one of the highest compliments a restaurant or hotel can receive," said Randy Morton, vice president of Hotel Operations at Bellagio. "For Bellagio to be given the distinction and to be home to two Five Diamond restaurants has us all on cloud nine. Considering the quality of resorts, tremendous culinary talent and celebrity chefs in Las Vegas, we are extraordinarily proud of this award that recognizes the level of commitment each of our employees makes."

AAA Five Diamonds represent a superior level of service, quality and ambience. Le Cirque is now one of only three restaurants in Nevada to have earned this honor sharing the distinction with Picasso at Bellagio and Renoir at The Mirage. With nearly 19,000 restaurants evaluated each year, less than one percent earn this esteemed award of excellence.

Marc Poidevin, Executive Chef of Le Cirque, said, "We complete the perfect circle from the minute the reservation is made to the minute our guests leave the restaurant. We strive each day to provide an exemplary experience for each and every guest."

Chef Poidevin matches the colorful and animated surroundings of Le Cirque with his vibrant French cookery blended with contemporary influences. Guests can relish in world-class wines, haute cuisine and luxurious service in an intimate setting.

Le Cirque is the third restaurant in the MGM MIRAGE family to earn the AAA Five Diamond Award. Picasso at Bellagio and Renoir at The Mirage were awarded the Five Diamond today for the third consecutive year. The two restaurants made history in 2001 when they became the first two Five Diamond restaurants in Las Vegas history.

"Each day, we set out to create special, memorable moments for our guests," said Julian Serrano, executive chef at Picasso. "The Five Diamond Award tells us that we are successful in that goal."

Chef Serrano's memorable, Mediterranean cuisine is inspired by the regions of France and Spain where Picasso spent much of his life. Picasso masterpieces, as well as a collection of his charming ceramic pieces, further delight the senses of diners enjoying the Picasso experience.

At Renoir, Executive Chef Alessandro Stratta uses the finest ingredients to create signature dishes reflected on each of his seasonal menus. Guests can indulge in Chef Stratta's innovative, contemporary French cuisine while admiring numerous works of art by master painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

"It's an extreme privilege to be honored for doing what you love," said Chef Stratta. "In what has become an extraordinary dining scene in Las Vegas, we are proud to stand apart and define ourselves as a true dining destination."

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