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Another Country Heard From Hilton Breaks Ground for Paris Casino Resort in Las Vegas

22 April 1997

LAS VEGAS -- RGT was sure that Italy had a lock on the new development in Las Vegas with the addition of Bellagio and the Venetian. Now, Hilton Hotels Corp. has added to the international mix by announcing the ground-breaking of the 3,000-room, 85,000- square-foot Paris Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Construction on the $750 million project is scheduled for completion in early 1999.

"Las Vegas is continuing to grow and prosper, and Hilton is committed to being an integral part of that growth,'' said Arthur M. Goldberg, executive vice president, Hilton Hotels Corp.

"This location is the last prime undeveloped site in the Golden Mile' of the Las Vegas Strip. With the development of Paris, adjacent to Bally's and just down the street from the Flamingo Hilton, the company continues to expand its position as the largest casino corporation in the world.''

Goldberg added, "Paris-Las Vegas will be a realistic version of the French city and will allow visitors to experience, short of an actual trip to France, all the excitement and the magic that Paris has to offer.''

The project promises to bring the spirit, images and savoir-faire of the "City of Lights'' to the "City of Neon Lights.'' In addition to a 50-story scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, the resort will feature replications of some of the French city's most recognized landmarks, including the Arc de Triomphe, the Paris Opera House, The Louvre and Rue de la Paix.

The best elements of turn-of-the-century and modern France will be incorporated into the project. The casino will have a Parisian setting with Art Nouveau sculptures and paintings, including works by various French impressionists.

Paris-Las Vegas will also feature nine themed restaurants, 130,000 square feet of convention space, a French-influenced retail shopping complex and a 25,000-square-foot health spa.

Via a re-creation of a Paris Metro station, the resort will be connected to the monorail that links Bally's Las Vegas and the MGM Grand.

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