From June 19 to 22, Meeting Professionals International’s annual World Education Congress is being held at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In an event held today, host MGM had some big news to share: it broke ground on a massive expansion of MGM Grand Conference Center.
Today’s groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the construction project. MGM executives, decked out in hard hats and holding golden shovels, celebrated the project’s start with confetti in the air and media present to document the occasion
The expansion project is a hefty one—MGM plans to enlarge MGM Grand Conference Center by 250,000 sq. ft., for a total of more than 850,000 sq. ft. of exhibit and meeting space. Construction is expected to be complete by November 2018.
By the end of this project, MGM Resorts in Las Vegas such as MGM Grand, Aria and Bellagio will combine to create a campus which offers four million sq. ft. of meeting space. In an interview with Smart Meetings TV, Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer of MGM Resorts International says, “Within three miles, you’ll find the majority of our meeting space. That four million sq. ft. is on the Strip.”
MGM hopes the expansion will make its facilities more attractive to meeting planners, who have made Las Vegas one of the most in-demand meeting cities in the country. Dominguez says customers “…are asking for more space. Some of our best customers are continuing to grow.”
Dr. Deepak Chopra was on hand as well to celebrate his partnership with MGM on his innovative Stay Well wellness program, which includes guest rooms with special amenities and even a mobile app for guests.
As Dominguez explains, the unique thing about MGM’s new meeting space is that it will be a part of the Stay Well program. “We’re not just building out space. It’s all going to be Stay Well. We have the first Stay Well meetings program in the world, in partnership with Delos. Dr. Deepak Chopra has been heavily involved in saying, ‘How can we create a meetings experience that’s more conducive for mental acuity, gathering people and achieving the objectives we’re looking for?’”