Sin City knows no bounds

When the phrase “The only constant in life is change” was first said, do you think it was done with Las Vegas in mind? Although when Greek philosopher Heraclitus (535 BC – 475 BC), the man behind the words, was around, The Strip was so far into the future, it’d look like a place made of magic.

Even in the modern day, Las Vegas is a magical place. The city is always in a state of change, never satisfied, always working to become an ever more entertaining and memorable place. When you think it’s done creating new ways to grab your attention, it seems to always come full force with something new and exciting.

If you’re contemplating bringing your next event to Las Vegas, this is your sign to send in that RFP. Before you do that though, take a look at some of the properties and venues—new, established and renovated—you’ll find when you visit the city.

The Many Gatherings Places of Las Vegas

The Strip’s Hotel Updates

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MSG Sphere is light up in Las Vegas, Nevada

It probably doesn’t take much effort to find a property, either on or off The Strip, that’ll give you what you’re looking for, be it for a gathering of 10, 100 or 1,000. Many of the properties below were established along Las Vegas Boulevard some time ago and, while some are continuing to be their usual awe-inspiring selves, others are making adjustments to their existing spaces.

Of the various exciting things to see in the city, perhaps the most talked about since its opening has been Sphere, located right next to The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. While Sphere accommodates up to 17,500 guests, the venue is also home to private VIP suites that can hold up to 32 guests; the venue also hosts private group experiences for groups of up to 5,000.

Post- or pre-Sphere experience, groups can head right on over to The Venetian Resort via skywalk to one of its 7,100 suites. In addition to housing the most guest rooms in Las Vegas, the property is also home to one of largest meeting venues, at 2.25 million sq. ft. of space. And in 2024, $188 million will be spent to upgrade The Venetian’s meeting spaces, as part of a $1 billion total makeover of its suites, food and beverage, and entertainment offerings.

Caesars Entertainment has been making great developmental strides on The Strip. Caesars Palace Las Vegas has been one of the most recent Caesars properties to make updates, having renovated its Forum Tower and renamed it Colosseum Tower. The new tower’s 440 guest rooms and suites, as well as its bathrooms and upholstery, have been redesigned.

Another Caesars staple, Harrah’s Las Vegas, also recently underwent a renovation, investing $200 million into the property. Harrah’s applied its makeover to 2,542 of its guest rooms, lobby and casino floor, the addition of new restaurants and new LED marquees at its north and south entrances.

Wynn Las Vegas made an update to its 2,674 guest rooms, suites, elevators and resort tower corridors in 2022, led by designer Todd-Avery Lenahan, who has had a hand in creating designs of more than 50 spaces for the company’s global portfolio. Although Lenahan and Wynn didn’t touch the event spaces this time around, its 560,000 sq. ft. of meeting space is nothing to overlook, from its outdoor spaces, which include verdant golf courses and pavilions, to its indoor spaces, which includes the 40,000-square-foot XS and 84,000-square-foot Cristal Ballroom.

The Classics

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Aria Resort
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Although the following properties haven’t made any recent renovations, there’s so much to see—not only on The Strip, but at each individual property—that one trip isn’t nearly enough to experience all there is.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has more than 240,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including The Chelsea, a 40,000-square-foot venue that’s split over two floors featuring glass chandeliers, private VIP opera boxes and a decorative staircase. Of its 3,017 guest rooms, there are 21 Boulevard Penthouses, ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 sq. ft.

The 60,000-square-foot conference center at the 2,700-room Park MGM Las Vegas covers the bulk of the property’s 77,000 sq. ft. of space. For those looking for something on the smaller side, Park MGM also houses the Ideation Studio, a 7,000-square-foot space comprised of 10 meeting rooms that can accommodate between six and 24 people. The 5,200-seat Dolby Live, not included in the previously mentioned 77,000 sq. ft., is attached to Park MGM and can be set up to host concerts, award shows, combat sports, basketball and conventions. The venue features terraces that provide views of The Strip, seven bars and VIP seating with bottle service.

The 4,004-room Aria Resort & Casino is connected to Park MGM, only a 10-minute walk apart. The property features ballrooms, meeting rooms and boardrooms encompassed in its 500,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Between both venues, guests will see T-Mobile Arena (where the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights play and the UFC holds fights). The arena also has VIP spaces and event and luxury suites, as well as loge boxes and terraces for smaller groups, with access to the chef’s table in Goose Island Lounge available for an additional cost.

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino has 2,885 guest rooms and 26,000 sq. ft. of meeting space across its floors. Included in its meetings spaces are six food and beverage offerings like Señor Frog’s, a Mexican-themed restaurant that can accommodate up to 4,000 people.

South Point Hotel and Casino is a short drive south of the Las Vegas Strip (and, if you’ve ever driven from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the property is sort of a physical symbol that you made it) and features an eye-catching gilded facade. Once you move past the gold-lined entrance, the property houses 2,163 guest rooms and 175,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including an 80,000-square-foot column-free exhibit hall that can be divided into four sections.

Tropicana Las Vegas has been in operation since 1957 and has since maintained its classic early Las Vegas Strip look. Thirty-eight breakout rooms and three ballrooms are encompassed in Tropicana’s more than 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Although still in operation, Tropicana Las Vegas is scheduled to close between late this year and mid-2025 to make way for a new hotel and casino that will be built around the new A’s ballpark in Las Vegas, with construction scheduled to begin in April 2025 and be completed in January 2028.


Area15 Begins Expansion

Room inside Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart

Area15, minutes away from The Strip, is embarking on its first major expansion since opening in September 2020. Already home to experiences like Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart and Illuminarium, as well as inventive meeting spaces like the outdoor 3,762-square-foot Liftoff Bar and Ride, featuring a 16-person panoramic gondola and full-service bar, and The Portal, a 6,569-square-foot venue that features 360-degree floor-to-ceiling projection mapping technology throughout, the new additions are sure to add another dimension of fun to the Area15 experience.

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Illuminarium, Space Exhibit

Soon to come to Area 15’s new 20-acre expansion is a year-round horror experience by Universal Destinations & Experiences titled “Horror Unleashed,” which will serve as the anchor of the expansion, occupying more than 110,000 sq. ft. of space in a standalone building. Additionally, the expansion will include iFly Indoor Skydiving. More partnerships will be announced in the coming year.

The expansion will feature more than 450,000 sq. ft. of retail and F&B space, more than 85,000 of which will be dedicated to pop-ups and outdoor activities.


This article appears in the January 2024 and January/February 2024 issues. You can subscribe to the magazine here.