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'Exhibition Hall' Crowns Second Home of the Aussie Millions - 13 January 2015
MELBOURNE, Australia. Tuesday 13 January 2015. Crown Melbourne has unveiled a new film set and tournament playing area for the 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship - ‘Exhibition Hall’.
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With the expansion of the Aussie Millions ‘Exhibition Hall’, located in the award winning Crown Conference Centre, will be a second home to poker for the Aussie Millions and the production studio of the Aussie Millions TV series.

Complete with 27 poker tables, café, registration booth and more ‘Exhibition Hall’ will certainly add another level to the superior offering that Crown provides for players.

‘Exhibition Hall’ will host;
 Daily $250 Phase 2 Satellites (at 4pm)
 Nightly $1,150 Phase 3 Satellites (at 6pm)
 Event 10 - Main Event - Final Table
 Event 11 - $100,000 Challenge - Final Table
 Event 12 - No Limit Holdem Terminator
 Event 13 - The Aussie Millions Tournament of Champions
 Event 14 - No Limit Holdem / PLO
 Event 15 - No Limit Holdem - Mix Max
 Event 21 - The LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge - Final Table

The Aussie Millions is a festival of poker, with 21 separate poker events with buy-ins ranging from AUD$1,150 to AUD$250,000. The comprehensive slate of the game’s most popular variations will be on offer and a total of 20 coveted Aussie Millions LK Boutique ‘Championship Rings’ will be awarded to each event winner.

Crown Melbourne’s Director of Poker Jim Preston said “Crown Melbourne’s Aussie Millions Poker Championship has effectively become one of the top poker majors and a favourite amongst some of the most renowned players in the world, and the stage has never been brighter."

Event: Crown’s 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship
Dates: Wednesday 14 January to Monday 2 February 2015
Locations: The Crown Poker Room (Level B2, Crown Entertainment Complex)
Exhibition Hall (Crown Conference Centre)
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Hashtag: #crownpoker #aussiemillions #crownmelbourne

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For further media information please contact:
Natasha Stipanov
Communications and Corporate Affairs
Crown Resorts Limited
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8671

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Crown with colourful celebrations of music, dancing, fireworks and culinary delights - 12 January 2015
Crown Melbourne will host a vibrant and colourful festival from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 February.
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Melbourne, 12 January 2015 – In celebration of the Year of the Goat and to welcome a new Lunar Year of good fortune and prosperity, Crown Melbourne will host a vibrant and colourful festival from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 February. The Year of the Goat is associated with solidarity, calmness and harmony, and will be celebrated with elaborate decorations, cooking demonstrations, food stalls bursting with delicious Asian street food, a spectacular fireworks display and a host of exhibitions, cultural activities and live entertainment.

An exciting weekend program of entertainment for the whole family includes Crown’s famous Riverwalk Hawker’s Bazaar, good luck giveaways, cultural dance performances, a Video Star Karaoke challenge and spectacular dragon and lion processions weaving their way through Crown and along the Riverwalk from Queensbridge Street through to Clarendon Street. According to Chinese legend, the dragon is the ruler of the sky and water, holding the highest position amongst all animals, whilst the lion serves as its protector. The ceremonial dances performed during Lunar New Year celebrations serve to ward off evil spirits through the thunderous sound of loud drums and firecrackers.

Each day across the weekend from 11:00am to 11:00pm, underneath a canopy of glittering lights and lanterns, more than 60 stallholders will fill the Riverwalk for the Hawker’s Bazaar, offering a sensory overload of traditional arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, Asian delicacies, music and interactive performances. From 9:30pm on Saturday 14th February, a spectacular fireworks display will light up the sky along the river and ward off evil spirits for the year ahead.

Crown’s Atrium will be transformed with a month-long installation representing the Chinese zodiac sign. To commemorate the Year of the Goat, an intricate 5 metre x 5 metre sculpture featuring a family of goats will be the centrepiece of a decorative display that includes arrangements of delicate spring flowers, lanterns, light projections, lucky charms, lucky red Ang Pao envelopes, gold coins and more. The Lunar New Year Atrium Display will run from 28 January – 28 February.

For more information, including event and performance times, please visit

What: Crown’s Lunar New Year Festival
Where: Crown Riverwalk – spanning Queensbridge Street through to Clarendon Street
When: Hawker’s Bazaar - Friday 13 to Sunday 15 February, from 11am – 11pm daily Atrium display – 28 January to 28 February
Admission: Free

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Crown Concierge Ashleigh Macdonald becomes the first Melbourne woman in fifteen years admitted to Les Clef d’Or - 03 December 2014
Crown Resorts’ exceptional level of customer service has been formally recognised.
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MELBOURNE, 3 DECEMBER 2014 – Crown Resorts’ exceptional level of customer service has been formally recognised with a member of the five-star hotel’s Concierge staff, Ashleigh Macdonald being accepted into the Australian chapter of the international organisation of hotel Concierge - Les Clefs d’Or. Ashleigh joins the exclusive organisation of hotel concierge as one of only three female members, and the first female member appointed from Melbourne in fifteen years.

Established in Cannes in 1952, Les Clef d’Or awards new members with the gold crossed keys, an honour reserved for a highly select number of service professionals who continually demonstrate the highest level of care for their guests. The distinctive gold keys worn on the lapel of Les Clefs d'Or members are recognised by travelers around the world and identify the bearer as a true professional in their chosen career. Each member of the Society strives to consistently provide the most caring, attentive service to their guests, and to work in a manner reflective of Les Clefs d’Or’s motto, "In Service through Friendship."

To be accepted into Les Clefs d’Or, Ashleigh was required to demonstrate commitment to the continual improvement of service standards and to recognise the valuable role she plays in maintaining Australia’s reputation as a desirable destination for travellers.

Peter Crinis, Chief Operating Officer - Crown Hotels and Food & Beverage for Crown Melbourne, said “this is a huge honour for both Ms Macdonald and Crown. We are very grateful to have Ashleigh on our team at Crown Melbourne and are thrilled that she has been recognised for her professionalism and excellence.”

Ashleigh commenced her career at Crown in 2008 within the food and beverage team before moving across to Concierge in 2010. This recognition highlights the exceptional service she provides guests on a daily basis and her unwavering passion for the industry.

For more press information and high resolution imagery, please contact Hatch Communications:

Tina Orr
o 9836 2167 ext.7
m 0413 378 081

Genevieve Day
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Crown Hotels offer lovers indulgent spa retreats and gifts fit for a King or a Queen this Valentine’s Day - 01 December 2014
This Valentine’s Day, Crown Hotels Melbourne is ready for romance.  
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Melbourne, December 2014 – This Valentine’s Day, Crown Hotels Melbourne is ready for romance. As the couple that spa together, stays together, both Crown Metropol’s ISIKA Spa and Crown Towers’ Crown Spa have indulgent packages on offer for the utmost in romantic relaxation. For those wanting to give a more tangible token of love, Crown Gifts has a range of decadently luxe options, from soft Crown bathrobes to the brand new Crown Reine and Roi candles, as well as gift cards, to successfully steal hearts this 14 February.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Crown Gifts luxury store has launched a set of ‘his’ and ‘hers’ bespoke Reine and Roi candles. ‘Reine’ and ‘Roi’ translate to ‘King’ and ‘Queen’, with each luxurious candle offering sophisticated masculine tobacco rose or feminine floral aromas. Valued at $70 each, a Reine and Roi candle will be given as a complimentary Valentine’s gift to all Crown gift card purchases of $250 value or more at the Level 1 retail store.

For a couple’s spa experience this Valentine’s Day, ISIKA Day Spa’s Be My Valentine package offers complete romantic relaxation with a 60 minute massage for two in the Wellness Suite, 30 minute use of the Jacuzzi and steam room, valet parking, a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival and a $50 Crown Gift card for some extra spoiling, all for $320 for two people. Available from 1 February to 15 March 2015.

Crown Spa’s Suite Indulgence package allows lovebirds to lap up the luxury with a 60 minute couples massage in the decadent Indulgence Suite, complete with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine upon arrival. Available from 1 February to 15 March 2015 for $350 for two people from Monday to Thursday, and $420 for two people from Friday to Sunday.

These luxurious gift ideas, combined with award winning accommodation and a wide selection of romantic dining options, ensures Crown Melbourne will be the most romantic location for lovers this Valentine’s Day.

To make a booking at Crown Hotels for Valentine’s Day or for more information please visit

For more press information and high resolution imagery, please contact Hatch Communications:

Tina Orr
o 9836 2167 ext.7
m 0413 378 081

Genevieve Day
o 9836 2167 ext.1
m 0488 558 331

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Heston blumenthal's
the fat duck restaurant closes to migrate south – due to arrive in australia in 2015 - 01 December 2014
The first international restaurant opening for Heston Blumenthal will be his three Michelin starred The Fat Duck 
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The first international restaurant opening for Heston Blumenthal will be his three Michelin starred The Fat Duck, which will temporarily relocate to Crown Melbourne Resort, Australia for a six month visit before returning home to the UK.

December 2014, Heston Blumenthal will close the doors of his award-winning The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, UK and seamlessly reopen February 2015 with Crown Resorts in Melbourne, Australia. In an unprecedented move for a restaurant of such renown, Heston will take the entire Fat Duck team with him to Australia for a massive six month relocation. However, upon The Fat Duck’s return to the UK after their half-year sojourn, Melbourne will not be left empty handed. In the same location as the temporary The Fat Duck at Crown Melbourne Resort, Heston and Group Executive Head Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts will open Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, securing lasting ties with Australia.

Both The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will occupy the same space in the award-winning Crown Towers hotel in Southbank, Melbourne’s urban centre and cultural hub. This ground breaking culinary project will encourage diners from around the world to visit Melbourne generating extensive exposure and benefits for the city, Victoria and Australia.

The timing was serendipitous: Heston has long had a desire to open in Australia, The Fat Duck wanted to celebrate its milestone 20th anniversary in 2015 in an extraordinary fashion, the building in Bray was due for renovation, and Crown Melbourne wanted to enhance its already impressive dining offerings.

Heston comments, “This is an incredible opportunity and I am thrilled that it has worked out the way it has. The Fat Duck is part of a Grade II listed building, so I always knew there would come a time when it would need a little attention and the building itself would require a bit of modernisation – after all, it was built in 1640. I just couldn’t bear the thought of closing for an extended period, though. When we first started conversations with Crown, I saw the potential of the situation and really began to hope. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.”

Crown Resorts Chairman, James Packer says, “Heston’s decision to relocate The Fat Duck to our Melbourne resort is an incredible result for Crown Resorts and the Victorian tourism industry. To attract an internationally renowned chef and innovator of Heston’s calibre is a reflection on Melbourne’s culinary reputation and Crown’s commitment to dining excellence. The relocation of the coveted restaurant will be a big boost for local tourism, attracting interstate and international guests to Melbourne so they can experience a once in a lifetime dining opportunity.”

The first time Heston visited Australia was in 2003. “I fell in love with the country immediately,” he states. “From that very first moment, the idea took root – someday I wanted to have a restaurant there. The restaurant scene is fantastic, the diversity exciting, and the produce incredible, but better than all of that, the people are just great fun. I love how Australian people celebrate good food; there is such a love of everything from coffee shops to gourmet restaurants and everything in between.”

Whilst at Crown Melbourne Resort, The Fat Duck will offer the same magical dining experience that earned it three Michelin stars in Bray 11 years previously: the full Tasting Menu, the flawless and relaxed service, and the multi-sensory journey of history, nostalgia, emotion and memory that has made it one of the most lauded restaurants in the world. Half the world away, the building in Bray will have its interiors modernised, creating exciting new work areas – particularly in the kitchen – whilst still preserving its architectural integrity and historical context. The dining room will be refurbished as well, but the interior design will remain largely unaffected, keeping the room as the perfect stage for the dining experience as a whole.

Following The Fat Duck’s return home to the UK, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will take up residence within Crown Melbourne Resort, becoming the only restaurant the chef has in his portfolio outside of the UK. It joins ranks with The Fat Duck, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal located in London, The Hinds Head, The Crown at Bray, and The Perfectionists’ Café.

For further information about Heston Blumenthal, The Fat Duck, or Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, please contact:
Monica Brown at Lotus PR
+44 (0)20 7751 5812

For further information about Crown Resorts, please contact:
Jodi Crocker at Crown Resorts
+61 (0)403 026 600


The Fat Duck
  • The Fat Duck opened in Bray, Berkshire, UK in 1995.
  • The restaurant was first awarded three Michelin stars in 2004 and has maintained that rating every year since.
  • It has been voted The Best Restaurant in the World" at The Worlds 50 Best Restaurant awards and remain in the top ratings for the last 12 years.

Dinner By Heston Blumenthal
  • Dinner by Heston Blumenthal opened in London January 2011 and was awarded its first Michelin star that same year.
  • It received its second Michelin star in 2013.
  • It currently holds 7th position The Worlds 50 Best Restaurant List.

Crown Resorts
Crown is one of Australia’s largest entertainment groups. It has businesses and investments in the integrated resort and entertainment sectors in Australia and Macau and wholly-owns and operates a high-end casino in London.

In Australia, Crown wholly-owns and operates Crown Melbourne in Victoria and Crown Perth in Western Australia. In the United Kingdom, Crown wholly-owns and operates the Crown Aspinall's, a high-end casino in Mayfair, London. In addition to Crown’s wholly owned assets, Crown holds a 33.6% equity interest in Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, an operator of integrated resorts in Macau. It also has a portfolio of other gaming investments which are complementary to its other businesses.

Crown Melbourne
First opened in 1997, Crown Melbourne is a large integrated resort and has a casino, three hotels, function rooms, award winning restaurants and shopping and entertainment facilities. It is a significant driver of tourism within Australia, particularly in Victoria.

Crown Melbourne is home to three hotels being Crown Towers, Crown Metropol Melbourne and Crown Promenade Melbourne and to two luxurious day spas, Isika Day Spa and Crown Spa. There are approximately 1,600 guest rooms across the three hotels, ranging from six-star luxury to premium five-star and quality four-star accommodation. Crown Melbourne has a wide variety of retail, entertainment and food and beverage offerings. There are more than 40 retail outlets and around 70 restaurants, cafes and bars which provide a large and diverse entertainment offering to cater for a significant number of visitors. 

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