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October 28, 2013 09:00 ET

The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo Honored With 2013 Gold Platter and Gold Key Elite Award by Meeting and Conventions Magazine

Tweet: @VenetianVegas @PalazzoVegas receive @mcmagtweet highly distinguished 2013 'Elite' Gold Key and Gold Platter Awards

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - Oct 28, 2013) - The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, along with Sands Expo, are proud recipients of Meetings and Conventions magazine's highly distinguished 2013 'Elite' awards, being honored in both the Gold Key 'Elite' and Gold Platter 'Elite' categories. This marks the seventh consecutive year that the properties have been honored with these coveted Elite-level awards, and is the only hotel or resort worldwide to achieve this consecutive status. 

"We are extremely honored to be named as a top-five convention property by Meetings and Conventions," said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Palazzo, The Venetian and Sands Expo. "To be a part of this esteemed list for seven consecutive years is a testimony to the level of unmatched service delivered by our dedicated team each and every day."

For more than 30 years, the Gold Key award has been given to the very "best of the best" meeting properties worldwide based on overall professionalism and quality. These exceptional properties earned the "Elite" status by not only being voted as one of the finest by the readers of M&C, but these properties finished among the top five overall hotels/resorts, as measured by total votes cast by the industry. This year 162 hotels and resorts were honored as Gold Key winners, with only five achieving the Gold Key "Elite" levelM&C 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 range of recreational facilities.

The Gold Platter award honors the top catering departments based on excellence displayed in creativity and culinary experience. In earning their 'Elite' status, winning properties were not only voted as one of the finest experienced by M&C readers, but these outstanding catering departments finished among the top five overall worldwide -- as measured by total cast votes. In 2013, a total of 32 domestic and international properties were honored as Gold Platter winners, with only a select five achieving the 'Elite' distinction. M&C readers representing the highest level of meeting and incentive professionals based their selections on strict criteria: enthusiasm and professionalism of staff; quality of food presentation; creativity of menu; originality of theme-party concepts; helpfulness and budgeting considerations; excellence of staff service and ambiance of dining rooms.

Winning hotels and resorts will be featured in Meeting and Conventions' Gold Awards issue published this November. 

About The Venetian Las Vegas®
The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, the largest property in the country to receive AAA's Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world's most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice's legendary landmarks, the LEED® EB Gold-certified resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas' most lavish suite accommodations. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features Grand Canal Shoppes®, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as "Soul2Soul with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill," the party musical "ROCK OF AGES," showroom headliners including Human Nature, David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers and extensive convention and corporate services. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group® global portfolio. For additional information, visit, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at

With more than 3,000 spacious suites, luxury shopping,world-class dining and entertainment, the $1.9 billion, Silver LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights. Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure "World's Best Awards" for two consecutive years, the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York. Grand Canal Shoppes®, feature more than 60 luxury boutiques, including 20 remarkable stores and couture brands making their Las Vegas debuts at The Palazzo including Chloé, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Van Cleef & Arpels. The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent suite accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools. The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Other unique offerings include the chic dining and nightlife hotspot, LAVO; the world's largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sportsbook and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse's Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo -- an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premiere loyalty program. The Palazzo and its famed sister resort, The Venetian Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit The Palazzo website at, follow on Twitter @palazzovegas and interact on Facebook at

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