MGM GRAND DETROIT LISTED ONE OF THE BEST HOTELS, CONFERENCE CENTERS, CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAUS AND NATIONAL TOURIST OFFICES
DETROIT – June 8, 2009 - MGM Grand Detroit has been named one of the nation's best hotel and resorts and will receive a prestigious 2009 Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award–the mark of excellence for meeting destinations. Winning organizations are recognized for an outstanding job servicing their meetings, incentive travel programs, trade shows and conventions during the previous year.
This year marks the 25th year the Pinnacle Awards have recognized hotels, the 19th year Pinnacle has included the efforts of CVBs and NTOs, and the 13th year of Conference Center Awards. The Pinnacle Award earned a reputation as the most credible and prestigious symbol of excellence among meeting planners and hoteliers alike.
"With all of the hospitality choices that meeting and event planners have these days, any property that wins a Pinnacle Award is obviously in the highest tier of quality in the hospitality field," said Vince Alonzo, Successful Meetings' Editorial Director. "And the best part is that it is planners themselves who are making this distinction, thus giving a credible stamp of approval that others can use when deciding where to host a meeting, incentive, convention, or trade show."
The four categories for hotels and conference centers:
Meeting Facilities and Services
Food & Beverage
The Pinnacle Award marks the third prestigious award granted to MGM Grand Detroit this year. MGM Grand received the Four Star Award from Mobil Travel Guide for its hotel and IMMERSE Spa. It also received the AAA Four Diamond Award for its hotel and Michael Mina's Saltwater restaurant.
"MGM Grand Detroit remains focused on excellent customer service in every area of our property," said Chris McClain, MGM Grand Detroit Hotel Director. "We take great pride in each award we receive recognizing MGM Grand Detroit as the venue in our market where customers are guaranteed to receive the best service and the ultimate experience."
The Pinnacle Awards recognize reader/planner selections of the leading meeting destination venues and support organizations across the United States and internationally. Readers of Successful Meetings magazine -- corporate and association executives with meeting planning responsibilities – registered to become Pinnacle Reviewers via online ballots and gave feedback based on their professional experiences worldwide. Reviews are based on a scale of 1-10 (10 being best) across four categories. The 2009 Pinnacle Award Winners will be listed in the August Pinnacle Registry in print and online at www.successfulmeetings.com/pinnacle.
All winners will be listed in Successful Meetings' annual Pinnacle Registry, published in August. The award-winning Successful Meetings magazine has long been respected for industry innovation and authoritative discussion of meeting, special event, incentive, convention and trade show planning and execution. With the largest industry audience, Successful Meetings reaches corporate/sales/marketing executives who plan meetings, meeting professionals and event planners, trade show directors, and association executives who are involved with planning conventions and meetings. For more information on Successful Meetings, please visit www.successfulmeetings.com. Successful Meetings is owned by Nielsen Business Media, a division of The Nielsen Company.
For Pinnacle Information, contact Vince Alonzo at 646-654-7361.
About The Nielsen Company
The Nielsen Company is a global information and media company with leading market positions in marketing information (ACNielsen), media information (Nielsen Media Research), online intelligence (NetRatings and BuzzMetrics), trade shows and business publications (Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek). The privately held company is active in more than 100 countries, with headquarters in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and New York, USA. For more information, please visit, www.nielsen.com.
About MGM Grand Detroit
Named as one of the "Top 10 new U.S. hotels of 2007" by Gayot and one of "53 places to visit in 2008" by The New York Times as part of the Detroit destination, MGM Grand Detroit is the city's first and only downtown hotel, gaming, and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests can enjoy three signature restaurants by two of the world's preeminent celebrity chefs: Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina; 24-hour in-room dining by Puck in addition to casual restaurants; lounges, including a relaxed piano-style bar; high-energy nightlife; the only resort-style spa in southeast Michigan; and 30,000-square-feet of meeting space capable of hosting everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie engagements.
MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading and most respected companies with significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 16 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois and Macau. CityCenter, an unprecedented urban metropolis on the Las Vegas Strip scheduled to open in late 2009, is a joint venture between MGM MIRAGE and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. MGM MIRAGE Hospitality has entered into management agreements for future casino and non-casino resorts in the People's Republic of China, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and Vietnam. MGM MIRAGE supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its properties. MGM MIRAGE has received numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative and its community philanthropy programs. For more information about MGM MIRAGE, please visit the Company's Web site at http://www.mgmmirage.com.
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For more information regarding the MGM Grand Detroit or this release, contact:
Jamaine Dickens, Commerce Communications Group, Inc.