In celebration of Lunar New Year, Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion hosted the grand opening ceremony for the new Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace, officially ringing in the Year of the Dragon. During the private ceremony this evening, Dion participated in the customary lion dance, bringing good fortune to the resort’s sixth hotel tower and wishing happiness and prosperity for the New Year.
“I am pleased to celebrate the opening of the luxurious Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace and am very honored to welcome the Year of the Dragon,” said Dion. “As this is a very special time when millions of people around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year, I would like to send my very best wishes to all for a healthy and happy New Year.”
The grand opening celebration kicked off with a traditional lion dance parade as Dion painted the eyes of the emblematic lion to awaken it, presenting it with a red envelope, a customary gift to symbolize prosperity. Accompanied by beating drums, synchronized lion dancers paraded throughout the tower to ward off evil spirits, welcoming a new year of wealth and prosperity.
“At Caesars Palace we are privileged to welcome guests from around the world and it is with great pleasure that we continue our longstanding Chinese New Year celebrations – a custom which began in 1975,” announced Caesars Palace Regional President Gary Selesner. “As we proudly commemorate the Lunar New Year, we are excited to welcome our very own Celine Dion as she hosts the official grand opening of our brand new Octavius Tower. On behalf of Caesars Palace, I wish you and your families a very happy and prosperous New Year.”
Caesars Palace opened its sixth hotel tower, Octavius Tower, on Jan. 2, bringing the resort’s total inventory up to 3,960 rooms and suites. The 668-room hotel tower offers guests a luxurious boutique hotel experience within the larger destination resort with a private valet entrance, separate hotel lobby and innovative in-room technology package.