SOURCE: MGM Mirage

September 15, 2008 09:00 ET

CityCenter to Deliver Most Technologically Advanced Hotels in U.S. When It Opens in Late 2009

ARIA Resort & Casino, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and The Harmon Will Be First in Country to Debut Unrivaled Custom Automation by Control4 Providing Guest Experience Unparalleled in Hospitality Industry

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - Upon opening in late 2009, CityCenter will debut the most advanced guestroom technology in the country at ARIA Resort & Casino, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and The Harmon Hotel, Spa & Residences. CityCenter collaborated with Control4 Corporation to develop an unsurpassed level of personalized automation for every guestroom, a luxury previously only available in high-end custom homes and select resort suites. Control4's next-generation automation, coupled with CityCenter's ability to network every guestroom device via one gigabit of bandwidth, will deliver an unrivaled guest experience that will become the benchmark for the hospitality industry.

Guestroom Experience

From the moment hotel guests arrive at CityCenter, their stay will be intricately choreographed to meet their personal preferences. Smart solutions throughout the guestroom also will enhance the experience:

--  As guests approach their room or suite, it will recognize if it is
    their first time in the room and "greet" them as they enter. Light will
    fill the room, the curtains automatically will part to showcase the
    spectacular city or mountain views, and the TV will turn on to display a
    list of automated controls for guests to personalize.
    
--  Guests will enjoy seamless, integrated one-touch control of guestroom
    features, including lighting, room temperature, television/video systems,
    music, wake-up calls, draperies and requests for services through a single,
    easy-to-use remote control. Each nightstand also will feature a seven-inch
    panel with touch-screen technology that navigates the same room settings as
    the remote. All settings will be remembered and incorporated every time a
    guest is in-room.
    
--  Having all guestroom devices on one network enables guests to select
    "scenes" matching their mood or preference, which modify all settings at
    once. For example, each room will feature a "good night" button next to the
    bed. With one touch, guests can turn off the lights, TV and/or music; shut
    the curtains; and turn on the privacy notification for the room. Similarly,
    guests can utilize the TV's sleep mode to accomplish the same result on a
    timer.
    
--  All guestrooms will incorporate keyless locks utilizing RFID
    technology, which enables guests to unlock the door by flashing their key
    over the lock sensor. The electronic key cannot be demagnetized, thus
    reducing key failure.
    
--  For the ultimate connectivity to all devices, each room will include a
    42-inch LCD HDTV that allows guests to connect their laptop and enjoy a big-
    screen monitor; watch a multitude of domestic and international channels in
    rich high-definition quality; plug in video devices such as game consoles
    or cameras; control room automation; and enjoy their MP3 players..
    
--  The television also will serve as a convenient communications center;
    when on, the TV will automatically display messages pertaining to new
    voicemails or package receipts and more.
    
--  The classic clock radio will be replaced with TV settings that can
    wake guests up gradually through controlled temperature, lighting, curtain
    opening and preferred music, delivering a subtle and more soothing wake-up
    experience.
    
--  Each room will feature dimmable lighting, allowing guests to set their
    preferred light levels.
    

Wired and Wireless

All guestrooms will be networked with fiber offering one gigabit of bandwidth, delivering matchless connectivity with both the Internet as well as hotel operations for unequaled guest service:

--  Wireless Internet connectivity will be up to eight times faster (128
    kilobytes) than the average U.S. guestroom today. With the increased
    bandwidth, guests wishing to legally download copyrighted content like
    music and movies or free Internet content such as YouTube videos, which
    requires a high-speed connection, can do so quickly and easily.
    
--  All in-room devices also will be on the network, enabling the property
    to easily "communicate" with the room to perform special requests or
    maintenance. Whether a remote needs new batteries or a MiniBar needs
    replenishing, most needs can be identified and resolved before the guest is
    even aware.
    
--  CityCenter will have the largest Distributed Antenna System in the
    world, covering more than 14 million square feet. More than 6,500 antennas
    coupled with over 2,900 wireless access points will enable WiFi not only in
    every room but also anywhere on the CityCenter campus.
    

Sustainable Choices

CityCenter's in-room technology will offer a non-obtrusive and easy way to conserve precious resources such as energy and water:

--  Green settings on the room's remote system will allow guests the
    opportunity to voluntarily "green their stay" by indicating their preferred
    light level, room temperature and frequency of linen and towel changes.
    
--  Systems also can be programmed to automatically put a room into
    unoccupied status upon checkout -- turning down or off the heating/cooling
    system, televisions, lights and any appliances.
    

"CityCenter is an extraordinary destination designed to exceed expectations in all facets of the development, from architecture and sustainability to public art and amenities," said Bobby Baldwin, president and CEO of CityCenter. "ARIA, Mandarin Oriental and The Harmon will be the first to incorporate the most sophisticated technological advances in the country to ensure the guest experience also surpasses expectations. Guests will enjoy seamless customization and service as well as unmatched offerings including the fastest hotel wireless Internet connection available in the U.S. today."

About CityCenter

CityCenter is an unprecedented urban metropolis that will open in late 2009 on 67 acres between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. A joint venture between MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM) and Dubai World, the more than $9 billion development will feature ARIA, a 61-story, 4,000-room gaming resort; three luxury non-gaming hotels including Las Vegas' first Mandarin Oriental, The Harmon Hotel, Spa & Residences and Vdara Condo Hotel; Veer Towers, the development's only strictly residential buildings; approximately 2,600 condominium residences; and The Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district. CityCenter also will feature a $40 million Public Fine Art Program with works by acclaimed artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, among others. CityCenter is a design collaboration between MGM MIRAGE and eight internationally acclaimed architectural firms including Pelli Clarke Pelli, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Helmut Jahn, RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Viñoly, Foster + Partners(1), Studio Daniel Libeskind(1), Rockwell Group and Gensler. Charting a new course for responsible growth in Las Vegas, MGM MIRAGE is pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at CityCenter. As planned, the 18-million-square foot, multi-use project will become one of the world's largest environmentally sustainable urban communities. For more information about CityCenter, please visit www.citycenter.com. For more information about MGM MIRAGE, please visit the company's Web site at http://www.mgmmirage.com.

(1) As a consultant to AAI Architects, Inc.

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