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The $1.2 billion Venetian Mega - Resort 
Provides Progress Report to Wall Street
NEW YORK - Oct. 22, 1998--At the "1998 Leveraged Finance Conference" held Thursday in New York City, executives from The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino returned to Wall Street to provide an update on the $1.2 billion Venice-themed mega-resort set to open April 1999 in Las Vegas. 

Having secured approximately $1 billion in financing a year ago (Nov. 14, 1997), Venetian executives, William P. Weidner, president and COO, and Bradley H. Stone, executive vice president, participated in the high-yield conference sponsored by Goldman Sachs by providing an overview and update on the resort project presently under construction on Las Vegas Boulevard. 

Speaking to a gathering of investors, bankers and analysts, the executives shared information on The Venetian's current status on hotel room bookings, average daily rates and velocity of bookings. 

"Thus far, our group sales efforts have resulted in hotel bookings of approximately 66 percent of our projected group booking goal for our first year," said Weidner. Bookings are actual reservations made with standard cancellations terms. 

"These bookings have been secured at our projected daily rate. What is encouraging about this high volume of rooms is that we have accomplished this without a formal retail consumer marketing campaign. It is a testament to the room product and the amenities provided at the property," Weidner added. 

In addition, Stone provided an overview of present market conditions in Las Vegas and how The Venetian's original business plan reflects such changes. 

"To date, The Venetian business plan has been reinforced by revenue increases in hotel and food and beverage revenue at Las Vegas' high-end properties during the first half of 1998," said Stone. "Conversely, the primary decreases have been seen in the area of baccarat which is not a material part of our business strategy," Stone added. 

Upon completion, The Venetian will boast the world's largest hotel and convention complex which includes 3,036 hotel suites, the first all-suites hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard; 116,000 square feet of gaming floor; approximately 500,000 square feet of retail space at The Grand Canal Shops; approximately 500,000 square feet of meeting space at The Venetian Congress Center; and a direct link to the approximately 1.2 million square foot Sands Expo and Convention Center. 

In addition, The Venetian will offer unmatched world-class dining and entertainment with owner-operated restaurants such as Joachim Splichal's "Pinot Las Vegas," the Cheesecake Factory's "Grand Lux' Cafe," Emeril Lagasse's "Delmonico Steakhouse," and Il Fornaio's "Canaletto." The project will also premiere the first-ever stateside "Madame Tussaud's Museum" and the first "SpaClub" by Canyon Ranch, one of the world's most elite health resorts. 

"In keeping with our strategy to redefine Las Vegas' culture, The Venetian is reaching beyond the simple 'must see' approach to achieving the 'must see, stay, dine, shop and experience' by assembling the best hotel rooms, brand name restaurants, exclusive retail, state-of-the-art gaming and convention space in one spot and under one roof," Weidner added. 

Certain matters discussed in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Actual results and the timing of certain events could differ materially from those projected in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including general economic conditions, acts of God, and competition for construction, hotel, casino, food and beverage, and related labor and materials in the Las Vegas market. Reference is hereby made to the "Risk Factors" set forth in the company's Form S-4 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino 
Las Vegas 
Kurt Ouchida
Also See:
Venetian Resort Tops Out at 35th Floor - Recreation of Venice, Italy Takes Shape in Las Vegas / Sept 1998 
Castles Made of Sand: A Critique of Las Vegas Sands´┐Ż Planned Mega-Resort /Culinary Union / 
Oct 1997 
Vegas Developer, Sheldon Adelson, Blasts Gaming Peers / HMM / Dave Berns / May 1998 
Is the Venetian Trying to Push Your Convention into Buying Expensive Blocks of Rooms at its Las Vegas Hotel? / June 1998 
Bellagio Bookings Substantially Ahead of Expectations / Mirage Resorts Reports Second Quarter Earnings / Aug 1998 
U.S. Gaming Revenue Growth to Drop by More Than 5O Percent This Year, Bear Stearns / April 1998
Aladdin Hotel Casino Completes Financing of Themed Hotel Entertainment Complex / Feb 1998 

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