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One of the most iconic names on the Las Vegas Strip just got an upgrade. Mandalay Bay has everything that your business needs from a refreshed convention space designed to inspire productivity and creativity, to an impressive selection of world-class restaurants and amenities. If you're looking for a venue that's both inviting and innovative, you have to be here. New Wave Experiences Mandalay Bay continues to invest in a new wave of enhancements both in the convention space and within the resort as a whole. New restaurant openings including Orla by Michael Mina, drawing inspiration from the award-winning chef’s childhood in Egypt and with flavors and décor inspired by the spices found in markets common to coastal Mediterranean towns, as well as Caramá by Wolfgang Puck, bringing the essence of Italy and spirit of Wolfgang into one concept, are recent additions. The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas also experienced a recent remodel of all 424 rooms. Swingers, a high-end, adults-only golf and entertainment concept will debut in Fall 2024. Enhanced Technology Creating a truly effective conference venue requires careful thought into what a business needs: the right technology, capacity, and inspiration to bring ideas to the next level. As part of the resort’s refresh, Mandalay Bay implemented state-of-the-art technology upgrades, installing cutting-edge Cat6A Ethernet cabling throughout the convention center. This advancement doubles the frequency of data transmission, enabling lightning-fast speeds up to 9400% faster. The convention center now boasts 11 dynamic digital walls, spanning up to 24' x 13', strategically positioned for brand placements, sponsorships and targeted event messaging. Additionally, attendees can benefit from 20 double-sided 55" mobile flexible display units, facilitating effortless navigation to meeting rooms and events. RFID locks were installed on all meeting room doors, and over 200 motion detection cameras have been placed throughout the space. Refreshing New Design & Fine Art The newly remodeled convention space provides a bright and vibrant atmosphere that complements Mandalay Bay's tropical-inspired brand. Featuring white-washed walls and ceilings adorned with bold floral patterns in cerulean and coral tones, the space is complemented by warm walnut accent walls. In addition to the redesign of all pre-function spaces, meeting rooms and ballrooms, Mandalay Bay's 1 million square feet of exhibit space has undergone a rejuvenation, including new paint, covered pillars and relocated strobe lights. Sustainable Spectacles Mandalay Bay is committed to Focused on What Matters and creating more responsible meetings. Refillable water stations all available around the resort, cutting unnecessary plastic usage from single-use bottles. The Mandalay Bay campus’ recent upgrades represent a bold step forward in redefining the Las Vegas experience. With a focus on innovation, sustainability, and unparalleled service, Mandalay Bay sets a new standard for excellence in business hospitality. Whether you're seeking cutting-edge conference facilities, world-class dining options, or simply a luxurious retreat, an unparalleled meeting experience awaits.
Jul 17, 2024
With trade shows and events, almost every detail matters – including the choice of swag. Our curiosity about preferences and deciding factors drove us to gather data and understand this topic more deeply. To that end, we at CLI surveyed more than 250 professionals in North America and Europe to uncover trends and guide marketers in using their swag dollars wisely. We’re happy to share some of the high-level results here. Overall, we are at a pivotal moment for event planners and marketers alike – where budgets are tight, and attendees are more demanding. A Shift Towards Sustainability and Practicality The results clearly showed a significant departure from traditional, often forgettable giveaways. Today’s professionals strongly prefer items that are not only practical but also environmentally friendly. This shift is not merely a trend but a reflection of attendees’ growing consciousness of sustainability and usefulness in the items they receive. Easily far and away, the safest item to offer event attendees is quality notebooks (which we recommend are made from recycled materials). These items are appreciated for their utility and alignment with the values of a socially responsible audience. Surprising to some of us who attend lots of events, the interest in clothing items, such as t-shirts and socks, ranks high. Some may complain that they have a ton of these items, but we must remember that it’s not about us so much as about the attendees. This was also a clear takeaway – to remind ourselves to separate our opinions from our preferences and cater to what our attending audience wants. But that’s not all; there are other considerations at play – maybe not historically considered. For example, we uncovered slight regional variations that revealed how cultural and regional dynamics influence swag preferences. For example, here are the differences between Europe and North America: Significant shifts also occurred depending on seniority, gender and industry. Each of these will impact what is on your table for attendees, so consider not placing all your eggs in the basket of offering one item only. It was also clear from our research that people expect swag and are concerned about the environment. Donations to charitable causes threaded the needle of keeping everyone happy. The most important thing we learned is that knowing your event audience demographics will be the most significant determinant of whether you’ll be stuck shipping boxes back to the office or begging folks to take a case of hand sanitizer home with them in their luggage. We hope you enjoyed these higher-level findings, and if you’re interested in receiving the full report, as well as numerous other research reports and educational resources exclusive to our premium CLI members, you can learn more here.   Don’t miss any event-related news: Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter HERE, listen to our latest podcast HERE and engage with us on LinkedIn!