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Skycity Hamilton Celebrates Its First Year

Skycity Hamilton Celebrates Its First Year Achievements

Since opening in Hamilton City on 20 September 2002, SKYCITY Hamilton (formerly known as Sky Riverside) has become a popular entertainment destination with over 1,000,000 people through its doors to date.

SKYCITY Hamilton General Manager Operations Phil Keber said that the business has had a successful first year of operation and is proud of the level of community participation it has achieved through various sponsorships and events.

“We have had a very positive first year and in response to customer demand we have recently extended our opening hours and expanded our business with the addition of a VIP Gaming Room. We have also announced our further investment in the region with the development of a full-service conference centre, expected to open for business around April 2004.

“The SKYCITY Hamilton Community Trust will soon call for applications from local community groups to apply for funding for worthy projects.

“We are proud to partner the community through sponsorships including the Waikato Air New Zealand NPC Rugby Team, Chiefs Super 12 Rugby Team, the Gallagher Boathouse 8s The Great Race and NZ Opera (regional sponsor),” he said.

Lynda Keene, Chief Executive of Tourism Waikato is positive about SKYCITY Hamilton’s contribution as a new tourism draw-card for the region.

“In one year SKYCITY Hamilton has become a significant new partner to the local tourism industry contributing to a growth in visitor nights and helping to raise the city’s profile. “Its great to see a company investing in the region enthusiastically and actively marketing Waikato as a destination to local and international visitors,” said Ms Keene.

SKYCITY Hamilton will be celebrating its first year of operation with a variety of fun events and promotions over the 19th – 20th of September when the complex will be fully themed ‘party style’.

“Customers visiting SKYCITY Hamilton during this time will be offered a piece of Birthday cake, be in to win a luxury vehicle in the “Win this Car” Jackpot and every 20th customer will be given a chance to spin a special Prize Wheel. We will also be proving that there is such a thing as a “Free Lunch” with anybody who has their birthday* during the two days of our birthday celebrations receiving a complimentary buffet lunch in The Post Buffet Restaurant,” said Mr Keber. Party celebrations in the Number Eight Bar will include the debut of Thursday Night Live Entertainment on the 18th September featuring Auckland entertainment Duo Mark & Linda. Popular local band ‘Pulse’ will also play over the party weekend on the 19th and 20th of September from 9.30pm.

Ongoing promotions at SKYCITY Hamilton in September include “Wednesday Sweepstakes”, “Dine and Win Mondays” at The Post Buffet Restaurant and “Mystery Machine Mondays”.

*NB Photo ID required and offers closes at 2.30pm both days)

In One Year SKYCITY Hamilton has….

Had over 1,000,000 people through its doors Given away more than 57 vehicles (the majority of which are purchased from local dealerships) Given away 87 jackpots over $9,000 with a total value of prize money over $800,000 Held 127 functions including its VIP Opening, Waikato and Chiefs after-match dinners, Waikato Chamber of Commerce hosting, Opening night NZ Opera’s Barber of Serville

Other background information about SKYCITY Hamilton

Currently employees 225 staff (including part time and casuals) SKYCITY Hamilton’s gaming offering includes 23 table games and 339 gaming machines A new VIP Gaming Area was opened recently The majority of the complex’s food purchases are from local wholesalers

SKYCITY Hamilton Special First Birthday Promotions

Two day Birthday Celebrations (19-20 September)

Birthday cake offered to customers in gaming floor, The Post Buffet Restaurant and Number Eight Bar Free lunch at ‘The Post’ Buffet Restaurant if its your Birthday on the 19th or 20th September (NB Photo ID required and offers closes at 2.30pm both days) Luxury Car (Mercedes SLK) to be won on the ‘Win this Car’ Jackpot from Friday 19 September Birthday Prize Wheel from 9.00am to 5.00am Friday to Saturday with every 20th customer entering gaming floor getting the chance to spin it and win cash and other voucher prizes Live entertainment from popular band ‘Pulse’ -at The Number 8 Bar on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September, 9.30pm – 1.30am Complimentary glass of Lindauer Brut or glass of Waikato Draught or non alcoholic beverage (for under 18) for those dining in the Post for lunch or dinner 19 – 20 September

SKYCITY Hamilton Promotions General

Thursday nights Live Entertainment- starting Thursday 18 September with Auckland Duo Mark & Linda

SKYCITY Hamilton Sweepstakes – Action Cardholders who use their card in the week prior to the Wednesday night draw go in the draw to win $2000 cash.

The Post Buffet Restaurant Dine and Win Promotion – all adults dining in The Post Buffet Restaurant between 5.30pm and 8.30pm on Monday evenings can enter the draw to win an ‘Entertainment Prize Package’ consisting of: Four Village SKYCITY Cinemas movie passes Four Riverside Lanes Bowling Vouchers Four Coffee and Buffet desert packages from SKYCITY Hamilton A $50 SKYCITY Hamilton gaming voucher A bottle of wine Four SKYCITY Hamilton 2 for 1 drink vouchers

Mystery Machine Mondays – On Mondays, promotional hosts randomly select a gaming machine and offer the gamer playing it a choice of envelopes that will reveal a mystery cash prize. Occurs every 20 minutes between 1pm and 6pm (denominations are between $20 and $100 cash).

SKYCITY Hamilton Re-brand

Formerly known as Sky Riverside the complex was re-branded as SKYCITY Hamilton on August 26, 2003.

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