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The Light Group Announces Line-Up of Venues at Aria Resort at CityCenter

Leading hospitality development and management company, The Light Group, is set to unveil five innovative concepts at the groundbreaking ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter upon its opening in December 2009. The new lineup, consisting of a nightclub, lounge, gaming lounge, restaurant and pool lounge, follows the successful formulas of existing Light Group destinations, while once again raising the bar on Sin City’s hospitality offerings. Each venue is designed to reflect the grandeur and opulence of CityCenter, the unparalleled urban resort destination underway on the Las Vegas Strip between Bellagio and Monte Carlo.

“We are thrilled be part of CityCenter and ARIA Resort & Casino,” expressed Andy Masi, Partner & CEO of The Light Group. “Our new collection at this groundbreaking project will perfectly complement our existing venues while changing the landscape of Las Vegas’ hospitality scene,” added Masi.

Expanding its portfolio of successful dining establishments, The Light Group will unveil Union Restaurant & Lounge. Serving a creative and playful dinner menu featuring contemporary American cuisine, Executive Chef Brian Massie will offer unique interpretations of American favorites in a cutting-edge environment that enhances the culinary experience. Located in the epicenter of the resort’s casino floor, Union’s unique interiors by renowned designer Adam Tihany allows guests to enjoy a meal within a hip and open layout. A series of strategically positioned floor-to-ceiling architectural “trees” bathed in natural tones, give the open space a greater sense of seclusion and intimacy. At Union guests can dine while also enjoying the action and panoramic views of the casino around them.

The Deuce Lounge located off the main casino floor is an invigorating destination fusing the elements of an upscale lounge with high-limit gaming, creating an intimate nightlife experience. Designed by Franklin Studios, the space invites its guests to try their luck on the numerous gaming tables around the room while enjoying cocktails from an inventive menu, creating an alternative gambling scene to that of the bustling casino floor. The Deuce Lounge also features a number of HD flat screen TVs for guests to watch evening sporting events while enjoying hors d’oeuvres from UNION’s kitchen.

Conceptualized and designed to mirror the success of existing Light Group venues, Haze Nightclub is a colossal cutting-edge space in which guests will be challenged to question their sense of perception and reality. The nightclub features large hanging props over the entryway that draws guests to a grand staircase transporting them to the mezzanine level where they can enjoy a view of the action below. The main dance floor peers up at a wall of interactive projection screens stretching one hundred feet across on a performance structure where impromptu acts by world-renowned artists will regularly take place. Suede walls and plush surfaces will help define the weaving interior, including a unique two-story wall of lights incorporating the latest in technology coupled with a one-of-a-kind sound system designed by John Lyons Systems.

In a nod to rock and roll legend Elvis Presley, The Light Group has partnered for the second time with Cirque Du Soleil to create Gold Lounge at Aria Resort and Casino at CityCenter. Gold Lounge is a tribute to Graceland, Elvis’ sprawling estate, and contains design elements inspired by the rooms within his very home. Many menu items are updated takes on The King’s favorite dishes, and guests are even greeted by a life-sized stallion statue upon arrival, to pay homage to his love for horses. Cirque Du Soleil’s creative instincts are on full display in this beautifully executed lounge, that provides all the entertainment and service one seeks on the Strip.

Completing the portfolio will be Liquid, the resort’s pool playground and outdoor refuge, where guests will enjoy poolside pampering and daytime indulgence. Offering a combination of elements that allow guests to enjoy Vegas’ high-energy lifestyle during the day, Liquid’s atmosphere and vibe is conceptualized to offer the ultimate experience under the Vegas sun. Opening in spring 2010, the alfresco utopia, designed by Graft Lab, will feature 17 cabanas providing seclusion, within an already exclusive setting, as guests enjoy the latest in high-tech amenities. Numerous dipping pools, featuring underwater speakers, will dominate the space while visitors mingle and dance to electrifying beats spun by world-class DJs. Multiple bars will complement personalized chaise lounge and daybed service, also including a mouthwatering food menu.