A rendering of the Monte Carlo Theater, currently under construction next to The Park, MGM Resorts’ outdoor entertainment area
Michelin-starred chef Julian Serrano
recently unveiled his first Italian
restaurant, featuring a patio and
unbeatable fountain views for brunch
and lunch. It can handle groups of up
to 250 people.
Grand Canal Shoppes
Wandering along the The Venetian’s
boutiques as gondolas go by and the
trompe-l’oeil sky fades into evening is
a magical shopping experience.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has
unveiled a two-level, 40,000-square-
foot meeting and event venue based
on a factory-turned theater, including VIP opera boxes, an archtectural
grand staircase and vintage lobby bar.
The Havana Room
The Tropicana Las Vegas’ newest
ultra-elegant reception venue is centered around a magnificent chandelier
overlooking a wood dance floor, and
can host up to 800 for receptions.
This favorite meetings destination is catering to a
— BY TERRI HARDIN —
Nothing says “top-level meeting” like having the Secret Service onsite. But wrangling VIPs like Hillary Clinton and
Donald Trump — as well as their black-suited
entourages — is just a day in the life of Las Vegas
meeting hosts. “As a casino resort, it’s in our DNA
to take care of special VIP guests,” says Karin
Davis, director of sales for The Venetian and The
Palazzo Las Vegas Sands, as she checked off last-minute details for the final GOP debate of 2015.
“Our hotels host very important guests every
day… it’s what we do.”
Vegas was twice the national Town Hall of
choice in 2015, first hosting the Democratic pri-
mary debate in October at the Wynn Resort &
Casino and, more recently, the GOP debate, at the
Venetian last month. In October, the University of
Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) campus, about three
miles from the Strip, will play host to the final de-
bate of the general presidential election.
But just as Las Vegas has taken sparring to the
next level — from world leaders to world heavyweight champions — the city is stepping up its
game within the luxury meetings category.
Home of the City-Wide Deluxe
“All the meetings at MGM’s high-end luxury
hotels are luxury meetings,” says Michael
Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales
officer for MGM Resorts International. “For all the
meetings in our hotels, the meeting space is con-
centrated in our high-end properties, which would
translate to me as luxury meetings.”
According to Dominguez, luxury meetings have
tended to be “more personal, more intimate.” But
a new city-wide meeting that is coming to the
MGM campus is bucking the trend.
The largest group MGM has is a client user
program of about 20,000 people. Part of the luxury
experience will be entertaining the group with a
private Aerosmith concert.
“Some of my larger corporate meetings now
demand that level of entertainment,” says
Dominguez. “And that’s where the luxury meeting
has shifted dramatically. Entertainment is such a
huge part of the programming.”
Reina Herschdorfer, director of marketing
for Caesars Entertainment National Meetings
& Events, couldn’t agree more: “If your group