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Venetian tops off tower

Dec 31, 2002 2:39 AM

The Venetian marked a milestone as it topped off its new tower last week with a final beam adorned with an American flag and pine tree.

   The $250 million expansion includes the new, 1000-suite hotel tower and convention space, both of which should be completed in about six months.

   With the added suites, The Venetian resort will become the third largest hotel in the world with 4,049 suites. The additional 150,000 square feet of meeting space brings the grand total to nearly 1.9 million sq. ft. of meeting, convention and exhibition space, which also includes the Sands Expo Center.

   "This marks a significant milestone in an exciting new chapter for The Venetian," said Brad Stone, executive vice president of Las Vegas Sands Inc., the parent company of The Venetian. "We are always striving to provide the accommodations and meeting services that make us one of the world's most sought-after resorts and convention destinations. All those involved with this project should be proud of the effort they've given so far."

   Stone added that the expanded Venetian will be the “only place in the world where convention attendees and exhibitors can entertain at any one of our 17 fine dining restaurants, explore two world-renowned Guggenheim Museums, shop along the Grand Canal, rejuvenate at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub and much more in one location."

   The new hotel tower will overlook a lavish pool deck reminiscent of a Venetian garden. With breath-taking vistas, the garden will feature a swimming pool and three spas, ornate gazebos and five languid fountains.

   Moreover, the new tower will be home to a new restaurant concept by one of the world's top chefs and will feature The Venetian's first wedding chapel, a 2,500 sq. ft. multiplex seating up to 200 people which can be separated into three smaller chapels.

   Much like The Venetian's award-winning suites, the standard luxury suite accommodations of the new tower will average over 700 sq. ft., but their nine and a half (9'6") foot ceilings will allow for a greater sense of space.

   The standard suite will include a spacious private bed chamber with draped canopies, an oversized 130-square-foot bathroom finished in Italian marble, and a sunken living room area furnished with a convertible sofa, two upholstered chairs, a desk and a dining table.

   The suite functions as not only a place to relax or entertain, but as a place to work if necessary. The standard room has three telephones complete with high-speed Internet access, data ports and a fax machine that doubles as a copier and computer printer.

   Additionally, the room features a safe large enough for a laptop computer, a fully stocked mini-bar and two 27" color televisions — one inside a bedroom armoire, the other located inside an entertainment center in the living room.

   The new meeting space expansion will include 150,000 square feet of additional space increasing the property's total meeting space to nearly 1.9 million sq. ft. It will include three new ballrooms: The Bellini, The Titan and The Veronese, all named after some of the greatest painters in history. Each ballroom is 14,400 sq. ft. with a ceiling height of 19'6", and can be divided into 14 individual meeting rooms, ranging from 600 sq. ft. to 1,200 sq. ft.

   Additionally, the new meeting space will include a series of 19 separate meeting rooms with a combination of abilities. These meeting rooms will be known as the Vivaldi Meeting Rooms, named after Antonio Vivaldi, Italy's most famous composer. Three new permanent boardrooms, named after Italy's famed Opera Houses, La Fenice, La Scala and San Carlo, will also be constructed.