LAS VEGAS, Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation's Chief Executive Officer and President Gary Loveman was recently awarded the highest honor, "Hotelier of the Year - Southern Nevada," by the Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association. Caesars' Northern Nevada Region was also recognized with the "Star of the Industry Sustainability" award along with many Caesars' employees for excellence in the gaming and entertainment industry.
Loveman has led Caesars Entertainment and the gaming industry through a multitude of changes and challenges during the last decade. Drawing on his extensive background in retail marketing and service management he helped to develop and implement the gaming industry's most sophisticated and successful loyalty program, Total Rewards. Today, Total Rewards boasts more than 40 million customers.
"Gary Loveman has been invaluable to Caesars Entertainment and the gaming entertainment industry," said Jan Jones, Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Communications for Caesars Entertainment Corporation. "His leadership and innovative thinking have pushed the industry to a new level of excellence and has earned him the respect of hoteliers around the world."
The Northern Nevada properties were recognized at the NH&LA's annual Star Awards dinner for their focused approach to critical issues of energy, waste, water and carbon emissions at Harrah's Reno, Harrah's and Harvey's Lake Tahoe. These properties have implemented numerous sustainability efforts including low-flow showers, drought-tolerant vegetation and energy efficient lighting.
Jones also emphasized the contributions of many exceptional employees at Caesars Entertainment who were also recognized at the event. Those honored by the NH&LA include Lucy Loh (Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino) as "Casino Employee of the Year," Jadwiga Maruszewska (Flamingo Las Vegas) as "Housekeeping Employee of the Year" and Edward Eugene Hollis (Bally's Hotel and Casino) as "Food and Beverage Employee of the Year."
About Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world's most geographically diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 73 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions, and now operates casinos on four continents. The company's resorts operate primarily under the Harrah's®, Caesars® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker® and the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.
About Caesars Entertainment Corporation Sustainability
From coast-to-coast, Caesars Entertainment Corporation resorts are committed to environmental sustainability. Caesars is the first company in the casino entertainment industry to join the EPA Climate Leaders Program and to make an EPA-approved commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2013. The company has been awarded the "EPA WasteWise Gold Achievement New Partner Award," "EPA Regional Environmental Quality Award" and is the only company to win seven "Travelife Gold Awards for Sustainability in Tourism."
In the past seven years, more than 110 conservation projects at Caesars U.S. casino resorts and $60 million of conservation investments have dramatically reduced the company's energy usage. The implemented programs annually reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 243 million pounds, the equivalent 247,000 barrels of oil. A few highlights include:
A newly redesigned laundry facility in Las Vegas saves 72 million gallons of water annually while increasing capacity 40 percent.
Throughout all properties, millions of light bulbs have been replaced with energy efficient lighting, saving more than 50 million kilowatt hours (kWh) each year.
Restaurants throughout Caesars Entertainment's Las Vegas resorts have installed on site water filtration and bottling systems reduce purchase and transportation of plastic water bottles.
A steam turbine in Atlantic City Showboat generates electricity as a by-product of the normal steam production at the resort. Use of the steam turbine produced an annual savings of 2,283,041 kWh and avoided emissions of more than 1,077,685 pounds of carbon dioxide and other gases.
Several properties, including the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino, Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Showboat Atlantic City; have co-generation facilities that generate electricity, reducing demand on the nation's power grid.
Across 35 domestic resorts, Caesars Entertainment recycles more than 640,000 gallons of waste vegetable oil annually.