More Upscale Meeting Space Coming to Las Vegas

Construction Chic was on display in advance of IMEX America in Las Vegas this week. At Park MGM Las Vegas, SITE Young Leaders met for networking and career development. At Sands Expo Convention Center, Smart Monday Powered by MPI enlightened meeting professionals on everything from event design to leadership. It even included focused content billed as She Means Business, covering gender equity and education.

However, down the street, the future of Vegas is growing one 90,000-pound beam at a time. A total of 3.5 million sq. ft. of meeting infrastructure is in the pipeline for the next five years. Smart Meetings got a sneak peek.

Forum Style

Caesars Entertainment took visitors on a hard-hat tour of what will be Caesars Forum, 550,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including two 110,000-square-foot pillarless ballrooms—the largest in North America.

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Lisa Messina, vice president of sales for Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas, reported that although the space at the end of Linq Promenade in the halo of High Roller carousel doesn’t open until March, more than $300 million in event business has been booked. Some 79 percent of those contracts represent new business. Those planning events include Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Cvent, ConferenceDirect and HelmsBriscoe.

The meeting space flows out onto an outdoor plaza through roll-up glass doors and is big enough to roll a semi-truck into. It is also connected to 8,500 hotel rooms at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Linq Hotel & Experience and Flamingo Las Vegas, and is within walking distance to 20,000 Caesars Entertainment hotel rooms.

Convention Center Milestone

Down The Strip, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority celebrated a beam-hoisting ceremony in August to celebrate progression on a 1.4 million-square-foot expansion as the “final” beam was hoisted above the 600,000-square-foot exhibit hall.

The expansion completion, slated for December 2020, will be followed by a complete renovation and modernization of Las Vegas Convention Center’s existing 3.2 million sq. ft.

“Supporting the Las Vegas destination through growing meetings and exhibitions is just one of many ways we fill the nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in our destination and can accommodate the nearly 15,000 of additional hotel rooms that are on the way,” said Brian Yost, LVCVA’s chief operating officer.

Restart Planned 

Steven Witkoff, the New York City-based developer of the shell across the street from Las Vegas Convention Center, was busy giving tours of a project that started life as Fontainebleau, but is being reimagined as Drew Las Vegas. The new planned opening date is 2022, but the vision is an open design with lots of natural materials and forms, with 3,719 rooms under three flags, including Edition and JW Marriott, and will include more than 550,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.