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Gaming Industry Executive Honored by the Culinary Training Academy

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 31, 2008 – Felix Rappaport, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Luxor Resort & Casino, was recently honored by the Culinary Training Academy (CTA) for his leadership as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the CTA. The CTA also celebrated the opening of its new education and training facilities.

"Felix has been instrumental in the success of the Culinary Training Academy," said CTA Chief Executive Officer Steven Horsford. "His vision and leadership allow us to help meet the hospitality industry's workforce needs with qualified, well-trained candidates."

Under Rappaport's leadership as Chair of the Board, the CTA completed a $10 million capital campaign to expand the Culinary Training Academy to meet the workforce recruitment and training needs of the burgeoning Las Vegas hospitality industry. Additionally, the CTA conducted the first-ever hospitality industry skills-gap analysis, a tool that quantifies the need for trained food and beverage employees and identifies the skills and training needed to provide this workforce to the expanding Las Vegas Strip.

In addition to its vocational training programs, the new Culinary Training Academy facility boasts a full-service training restaurant; a 400-seat community banquet and events center; nine hospitality suites, including one designed by MGM MIRAGE; and an upgraded 12,000-square-foot training kitchen with advancements in equipment and teaching tools for innovative culinary practices.

At MGM MIRAGE, Rappaport oversees management of the company's Luxor Resort & Casino, a 4,408-room resort that features a wide variety of entertainment, award-winning restaurants and state-of-the-art gaming. The property also includes 20,000 square feet of convention space and boasts the world's largest atrium, measuring 29 million cubic feet. The Luxor has a staff of 4,000 employees.

Media Contacts:

Reggie Burton
(702) 650-7438

Laura Garcia
(702) 650-7439

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