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Crown’s Mothers’ Day Gift Guide – Sunday 13 May 2012 - 20 April 2012
Making Mums feel appreciated, pampered and special is the aim of Mothers’ Day, and with this in mind, Crown’s restaurants, hotels and spas have created dining and indulgence experiences to cater for all Mums on Sunday 13 May or as a gift that they can use at their leisure. 
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Melbourne, Australia, 20 April 2012. Making Mums feel appreciated, pampered and special is the aim of Mothers’ Day, and with this in mind, Crown’s restaurants, hotels and spas have created dining and indulgence experiences to cater for all Mums on Sunday 13 May or as a gift that they can use at their leisure.

ACCOMMODATION AND PAMPERING GIFTS

Luxe accommodation at Crown Metropol from $395.00 with access to 28 for $55.00 per person – Mum can relax in this sanctuary with spacious surrounds and access to level 28 where she can enjoy panoramic views of the Melbourne city skyline, personalised concierge and reception, complimentary breakfast, all day refreshments and pre-dinner drinks nightly. Mums can choose from a king bed or two queens if you all want to celebrate as a family together. The bathroom cleverly maximises the sense of space with an oversized shower, large vanity and privacy screen.

Crown Spa Gift Certificate and Bathrobe offer $250.00 - Crown’s bathrobes are a highly coveted item by celebrities and hotel guests alike. To celebrate Mothers’ Day, Crown Gifts are giving away a complimentary luxurious bath robe valued at $120.00 when any $250.00 Crown Spa gift certificate is purchased.

ISIKA Rosemary Mint Body Wrap $165.00 - Most Mothers are in need of some pampering and de-stressing and this treatment will do just that. Both body and mind will be renewed in this stimulating treatment where the body is exfoliated, smoothed, softened and wrapped. Essences of rosemary and peppermint will awaken the senses and stimulate circulation, while a scalp and foot massage can restore some much-needed balance to the body.

WORLD-CLASS DINING EXPERIENCES

Food and Beverage vouchers can be purchased online from Crowngifts.com, or your family can simply surprise and spoil Mum by treating her to a night out at one of Crown’s restaurants.

Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar: Three courses including a shared entrée and glass of Champagne on arrival for $75.00 per person.
Nobu: Five course Omakase (from the heart) set menu with a glass of Veuve Clicquot NV for $140.00 per adult. Koko: Five course set menu including a glass of Moet & Chandon Imperial NV for $150.00 per adult.

Silks: Six course set menu including a glass of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial for $140.00 per adult.
Number 8 restaurant & wine bar: Three course set menu with a glass of Moet & Chandon Imperial NV for$150.00 per adult.
Breezes: Three course set menu including a glass of Moet & Chandon Imperial NV for $120.00 per adult.
JJ’s Bar & Grill: International seafood buffet including a glass of Moet & Chandon Imperial NV and entertainment for $130.00 per adult and $75.00 per child.

Reservations are essential and can be made by contacting 03 9292 5777.
Terms and conditions apply.

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For more information for to make a purchase please visit www.crowngifts.com.au For more information or images, please contact:

Melissa Pinder
Media Relations Senior Coordinator Crown Entertainment Complex
T. +61 3 9292 8610
M. +61 401 182 281
E. melissap@crownmelbourne.com.au

Tara Bishop
Media Relations Manager
Crown Entertainment Complex
T. +61 3 9292 8673
M. +61 422 003 549
E. tarab@crownmelbourne.com.au 

CROWN TO BE THE HOME OF THE TV WEEK LOGIE AWARDS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS - 14 April 2012
Crown Melbourne’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Hawkins, is pleased to announce that the Crown Entertainment Complex’s Palladium Ballroom will continue to be the prestigious venue for the TV Week Logie Awards until at least 2017. 
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Melbourne, Australia April 14 2012. Crown Melbourne’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Hawkins, is pleased to announce that the Crown Entertainment Complex’s Palladium Ballroom will continue to be the prestigious venue for the TV Week Logie Awards until at least 2017.
Crown is thrilled to remain the home of the annual TV Week Logie Awards which celebrates the best of Australian television and film talent.
“We congratulate Channel Nine and the Victorian Government, in particular the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher, Film Victoria and the Victorian Major Events Company, for its ongoing support to one of the Australian entertainment industry’s most coveted and well-loved live television events,” commented Greg Hawkins.
Crown has been a major supporter and venue for the TV Week Logie Awards since 1997. The event has an enviable reputation for being one of the Australian public’s most watched awards nights and is renowned as one of the film and television industries’ most celebrated and highly anticipated hallmark events.
“Not only are the TV Week Logie Awards an enormous drawcard for passionate television viewers, there is also a significant positive economic impact for the State of Victoria. By 2017, Crown will be able to celebrate a tremendous milestone of being a continuous sponsor of the TV Week Logies Awards for 20 consecutive years,” continued Greg Hawkins.
In association with Channel Nine, Crown will work alongside Film Victoria and Victorian Major Events Company to maximise both the economic and exposure benefits to Victoria in hosting the TV Week Logie Awards and to further cement Victoria’s reputation as a remarkable production location for television and major events.

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For further media information relating to this announcement, please contact:
Tara Bishop
Media Relations Manager Crown Melbourne Limited Telephone: +61 3 9292 8673 Mobile: +61 422 003 549 tarab@crownmelbourne.com.au
Ann Peacock
General Manager Public Relations Crown Melbourne Limited Telephone: +61 3 9292 8607 Mobile: +61 412 334 614 annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

CROWN’S 2012 MELBOURNE POKER CHAMPIONSHIP - 03 April 2012
In the world of poker, the person sitting next to you could be a computer programmer, nurse, politician, fund manager, fashion designer, property millionaire, comedian or international poker pro. 
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Melbourne, Australia. Tuesday 3 April 2012. In the world of poker, the person sitting next to you could be a computer programmer, nurse, politician, fund manager, fashion designer, property millionaire, comedian or international poker pro. So, it will be at Crown’s 2012 Melbourne Poker Championship, one of the most prestigious and sought-after titles on the Australian poker calendar, running from 3 May until 14 May at Melbourne’s renowned Crown Poker Room.

This year’s Championship boasts ten official tournaments including two championships. The first event on the schedule will be the ninth instalment of the ‘Joe Hachem Deepstack Series’: a $550 No Limit Holdem event that always attracts a large field. The other championship event on offer is Event 8: Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event ($1100), and there will also be other daily satellite events to participate in from as little as $65.

There is a new twist on an old favourite, with this year’s Event 3: No Limit Holdem Teams - Non Stop Turbo ($300), open to teams of two or three players. Team-mates will then be able to change after each orbit on their table, with no team-mate allowed to play more than one consecutive orbit.

The first Melbourne Poker Championship was held in 2002 where a modest field of 66 players took their seats in the $300 buy-in ‘No Limit Holdem Main Event’. Last year’s ‘Main Event’ was played with 502 entrants from all over the country. Scott Peel emerged victorious, walking away with a cool $104,500 for his efforts.

The 2012 Melbourne Poker Championships will be one of the most enthralling to date, with the prize pool expected to tip over $500,000. A massive field of players are expected to compete including hometown hero and WSOP champion Joe Hachem, 2012 Aussie Millions champion Oliver Speidel, spin king Shane Warne and defending champion Scott Peel.

New events on this year’s schedule include Event 9: Turbo Terminator ($400) with $100 for every player eliminated, the action on the felts is sure to be fast and loose. Also new is Event 10: NLH - Turbo Ante Up! ($200), in this format the one blind stays at the minimum, while the antes are raised every level. As the very last event on the schedule and at a $200 buy in, this event is sure to attract plenty of interest.

With tournaments available from as little as $65, Crown’s 2012 Melbourne Poker Championship is designed to identify Australia’s top poker talent and is expected to attract over 3,000 plus hopefuls from across the country all vying for a slice of more than $500,000.00 in prize money on offer.

For further information including media accreditation, images or interviews please contact:

Poker Event:

2012 Melbourne Poker Championship

Dates:

3-14 May 2012

Location:

Crown Poker Room (Level B2, Crown Entertainment Complex)

Details:

For tournament details and entry forms view www.crownpoker.com.au

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Natasha Stipanov
Media Relations Manager - Gaming & Corporate Crown Melbourne Limited
T. +61 3 9292 8671
E. natashas@crownmelbourne.com.au

Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations Crown Melbourne Limited
T. +61 3 9292 8607
E. annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

Crown’s Iconic Chinese Restaurant, Silks, Welcomes Two Michelin Star Chef, Peter Chan as New Executive Chef - 01 April 2012
Crown Melbourne’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Hawkins is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned Michelin Star chef, Peter Chan, as Silks’ new executive chef. 
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Melbourne, Australia, April 2012. Crown Melbourne’s Chief Executive Officer, Greg Hawkins is pleased to announce the appointment of renowned Michelin Star chef, Peter Chan, as Silks’ new executive chef.

Most recently, Peter Chan was executive chef of two Michelin Star restaurant, Wing Lei located at Wynn Macau. Chef Chan is revered for his innovation, creativity and authentic Cantonese dishes. He is regarded as one of Asia’s most consistent chefs and has secured a Michelin Star for two consecutive years before being awarded a second Michelin Star for Wing Lei in December last year in the 2012 Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau.

Originally designed to encourage motorists to venture out of Paris and visit regional French restaurants, the Michelin Guides’ awarded stars are widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most prestigious accolades for restaurants. The Michelin Guide defines five criteria for awarding stars, the quality of ingredients, the flair and skill in preparing them and combining flavours, the chef’s personality as revealed through the cuisine, value for money and consistency.

“We are extremely honoured to have Chef Chan join Crown. Silks has always been a drawcard for those wishing to experience some of Melbourne’s best Chinese dishes in a stunning setting that overlooks Melbourne’s Yarra River. Recently, we have also welcomed Emily Wang, Silks’ Chinese operations manager, upgraded the Tony Chi- designed restaurant and added an extensive selection of regional dishes from Northern China. The arrival of Peter Chan as executive chef at Silks completes the evolution of Silks and we are excited about entering a new era for one of Crown’s most revered establishments,” comments Greg Hawkins.

Hong Kong-born Chef Chan’s culinary career began over 30 years ago in his uncle’s kitchen where he took part in a comprehensive apprenticeship to learn all facets of Chinese cooking.

He has a reputation for using only the freshest premium ingredients, prepared with passion and showcased without excessive adornment. Chef Chan is also regarded as an experienced chef who takes pride in mentoring and leading a dedicated kitchen brigade.

Prior to his appointment as executive chef at Wynn Macau’s acclaimed Wing Lei, Chef Chan was chef de cuisine at both Grand Hyatt Taipei and Grand Hyatt Taiwan.

Chef Chan speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
Silks is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Bookings may be made by contacting Silks on 03 9292 5777.

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To obtain high-resolution images or to arrange an interview with Peter Chan, please contact:

Tara Bishop
Media Relations Manager
Crown Entertainment Complex Telephone: 03 9292 8673
Email: tarab@crownmelbourne.com.au

Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations
Crown Entertainment Complex
Telephone: 03 9292 8607
Email: annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

CROWN SUPPORTS WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY - 26 March 2012
On Sunday 1 April and Monday 2 April, Crown Towers and the Atrium at Crown will be lit up in blue lights. 
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Melbourne, Australia. Monday 26 March 2012. On Sunday 1 April and Monday 2 April, Crown Towers and the Atrium at Crown will be lit up in blue lights, joining the likes of the Empire State Building in New York City, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil and the Sydney Opera House in support of World Autism Awareness Day.

Created to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders on World Autism Awareness Day, Light It Up Blue is a unique initiative to help raise awareness and shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health concern.

Iconic landmarks around the globe, as well as airports, bridges, museums, concert halls, restaurants and retail stores are among the locations around the world that will light up in bright blue as part of the global campaign.

“Light It Up Blue is an important initiative that is being marked in cities around the world and I am proud to announce that Crown will be supporting,” said Greg Hawkins, CEO of Crown Melbourne. “A significant number of businesses and landmarks across the world are participating and Crown would certainly encourage everyone to participate in this worthwhile initiative.”

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For further media information relating to this announcement please contact:

Natasha Stipanov
Media Relations Manager - Gaming & Corporate Crown Melbourne Limited
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8671
Mobile: +61 434 187 828 natashas@crownmelbourne.com.au

Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations Crown Melbourne Limited Telephone: +61 3 9292 8607 Mobile: +61 412 334 614 annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

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