VENETIAN® AND THE PALAZZO® LAS VEGAS WINS 2014 PLANTSCAPE INSTITUTE OF AMERICA DIAMOND AWARD
Fall into ECO 360° design highlights sustainability efforts of The Venetian and The Palazzo
The floral and horticulture team at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas recently received the 2014 Diamond Plantscape Award from the Plantscape Institute of America (PIA), for the 2013 Fall Into ECO 360° installation. The annual awards program recognizes and celebrates excellence in the interiorscape community, including commercial enterprises with in-house horticulture departments and conservatory venues. Interior plantscaping is the practice of designing, installing, and caring for living plants in enclosed environments, including commercial and residential buildings.
The Fall Into ECO 360° installation highlights The Venetian and The Palazzo’s industry-leading sustainability efforts. The feature of the display, a 1934 Hudson car was transformed using succulents, lichen, moss, grapevine, and approximately 5,000 drought resistant plants. The car symbolizes the properties’ alternative transportation programs. Other sustainability efforts, including water reclamation, energy-efficient lighting, and recycling, are highlighted throughout the installation in various ways.
“We are excited to be recognized this way by our peers,” said Dana Beatty, director of floral and horticulture at The Venetian and The Palazzo. “Our vision was to provide a well-designed installation that showcases the resorts’ sustainability efforts and creates an environment for an enhanced guest experience.
A committee of PIA members determines the awards. Entries are judged on their own merit and not against each other, and must achieve specific scores to earn an award. This is the first time that The Venetian and The Palazzo have received recognition from the Plantscape Institute of America for its design.
The visually spectacular and eco-minded fall display fills The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens again this year. The picturesque scene, on display September 19 through November 10, honors the Sands ECO360° program, a strategy that was born at The Venetian and The Palazzo which drives the company’s environmental initiatives.
About The Venetian Las Vegas®
The Venetian Las Vegas is one of the world’s most iconic resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the LEED® EB Gold-certified luxury resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish accommodations. In 2014, TripAdvisor named The Venetian the world’s most extraordinarily designed hotel. The Venetian‘s standard suite is nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room, prompting it to be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest standard hotel room in the world.” Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features extensive services for meetings and conventions, in addition to world-class leisure amenities, like Grand Canal Shoppes®, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers; the award-winning Canyon Ranch SpaClub®; best-in-class casino gaming; exquisite restaurants; and a wide variety of entertainment including the party musical “ROCK OF AGES,” Motown® headliners Human Nature, and the all-female comedy series LIPSHTICK – THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, hold the distinction of being the first-ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group® global portfolio. For additional information, visit venetian.com, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at facebook.com/venetianlasvegas.
About The Palazzo® Las Vegas
With more than 3,000 spacious suites, luxury shopping, world-class dining and entertainment, the Silver LEED®-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights. Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Awards,” the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York. Grand Canal Shoppes® at The Venetian and The Palazzo features more than 160 luxury boutiques, specialty brands and world-class restaurants nestled around a charming and faithful reproduction of Venice’s Grand Canal, complete with cobbled walkways, street side cafes and live entertainment. Signature brands include Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Kenneth Cole, Dooney & Bourke, Hervé Léger and Swarovski. The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools. The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Other unique offerings include PANDA!, an unprecedented theatrical spectacle; the chic dining and nightlife hotspot, LAVO; the world’s largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sportsbook and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse’s Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo – an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Palazzo and its famed sister resort, The Venetian Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit The Palazzo website at palazzo.com, follow on Twitter @palazzovegas and interact on Facebook at facebook.com/palazzolasvegas.
The Plantscape Institute of America is the educational organization for professionals who design, install, and maintain plants in the interior environment. PIA’s mission is to advance the professionalism of interior plantscapers and industry affiliates through quality programs, educational material, and networking opportunities and to educate the general public on the benefits of indoor plants. PIA works in collaboration with plantscape associations, educational institutions, and professionals to increase awareness of the plantscape community, raise the level of professionalism within the community, advocate for horticulture as a career choice, and promote the inclusion of plants in the interior environment. For more information, visit PIAgrows.org.