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Bellagio Plans $375 Million Expansion

27 August 2002

LAS VEGAS – (Press Release) -- The $1.6 billion Bellagio, which has earned resounding applause as the most spectacular and romantic resort in the world, will soon delight visitors around the globe with a meaningful encore: the addition of a 925-room spa tower to create an unprecedented oasis of privacy in the elegant and exciting world of Bellagio.

The ambitious, $375 million expansion will begin construction in mid-2003 and is scheduled for completion in December 2004. In addition to the new rooms, the project will include a significant expansion of the Bellagio spa and salon, 60,000 square feet of new meeting space, 5,000 square feet of retail and a casually elegant restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

"This project adds to our exciting world of firsts," said Robert Baldwin, President and CEO of Mirage Resorts. "With AAA Five Diamond status, Bellagio has become the undisputed leader in the luxury market segment of Las Vegas.

The expansion will provide travelers with another unique experience. Guests will enjoy an unrivaled level of privacy, service and business connectivity right in the heart of the world's greatest playground."

With direct access to the newly expanded spa and salon, the spa tower will be strategically located on the south side of Bellagio's main pool and courtyard. In every room and suite, high-speed fiber optic cabling will ensure guests stay connected. Still, romantics can look forward to the comforting embrace of such Bellagio signature amenities as plush robes, oversized marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, and, of course, a nightly turndown service.

The arrival statement at the new spa tower entrance will be spectacular, inspiring guests as they pass through classical gardens before making a grand entrance through Bellagio's incredible conservatory.

From the conservatory, guests will experience glorious views of Bellagio's Mediterranean-style pool courtyards as they weave their way along a magnificent 50-foot glass walled corridor to their spa tower rooms, which will be directly accessed via private elevators.

"Since opening in 1998, Bellagio has come to symbolize a wonderful place that can truly be called one of the greatest resorts in the world," stated Randy Morton, Vice President of Hotel Operations at Bellagio. "As a result of this dynamic undertaking, guests will experience an incredible yet exclusive journey. They will enjoy the rare privilege of choosing to be a world away, or being part of everything Las Vegas has to offer."

Upon completion, the 925-room spa tower will complement the resort's 3,005 deluxe rooms and suites. Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, Bellagio overlooks a Mediterranean-blue eight-acre lake in which fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet choreographed to music and lights.

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