Las Vegas Paves the Way to Safe, Successful Events

A data-driven approach coupled with industry-wide commitment to safety have been instrumental in the return of large professional events to Las Vegas, facilitating innovation and growth and accelerating the nation’s economic recovery.

Between June and September, the city has welcomed back a number of large trade shows, including World of Concrete, Summer 2021 Las Vegas Market, MAGIC, OFFPRICE Show, Vision Expo West and PACK EXPO, among others. The Las Vegas Convention Center alone hosted 25 events, and 22 more events are planned through Jan. 2022, with over 515,000 attendees expected. Open without capacity restrictions, Las Vegas has been working closely with local health authorities on effective guidelines as well as with industry partners to ensure a safe return to business.

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“Las Vegas is successfully back to business, and we couldn’t be happier,” commented Brian Yost, Chief Operating Officer, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Last year the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation, and between June and September, welcomed more than 310,000 attendees to shows in our building.

Meanwhile, our partners throughout the destination have hosted meetings and groups of all sizes and brought back world-class entertainment and dining, giving our visitors an amazing experience both on and off the show floor. Feedback at the LVCC has been overwhelmingly positive – our business travelers are delighted to be meeting and making connections in-person, and they feel confident about wellness measures throughout the destination.”

The trade show industry has responded to the pandemic challenge with a powerful joint approach to make events safe. Earlier this year, several of the world’s largest organizers, including Tarsus, Informa Markets, Reed Exhibitions, Clarion Events and Emerald collaborated with the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and other global organizations, suppliers, venues and local authorities collaborated on the release of AllSecure, a rigorous set of industry guidelines trade show and events that was quickly adopted and has become an industry standard moving forward.

Along with the measures adopted by Las Vegas as a destination, they have already proved effective for hosting safe and productive events.

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PACK EXPO and Healthcare Packaging EXPO welcomed over 23,000 attendees to Las Vegas this September and was a huge success, said Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “Exhibitors and attendees alike were energized by the number of people who attended and more importantly the business conducted from the moment we opened the doors.”

Tricia Barglof, executive director of OFFPRICE, part of the Las Vegas Fashion Week, commented that her show saw a resurgence in buyer traffic and exceeded expectations. She said: “We knew there was pent-up demand for face-to-face meetings due to supply-chain issues. Retailers are looking for in-stock inventory that can ship quickly, that’s what our vendors are known for. Our OFFPRICE Market held last February in Orlando and in Las Vegas in August proved we could align with the rest of Fashion Week to create an environment where health and safety was our top priority and all those involved felt comfortable.” 

An impressive lineup of large trade shows and events, including National Hardware Show, SEMA, IMEX at Mandalay Bay, Amazon Web Services re:Invent 2021 at The Venetian, Cowboy Christmas, and CES 2022 is scheduled through January, successfully kicking off a new year of major events in Las Vegas, with many more slated into 2022.

Partner Voices
Just when it seems like Las Vegas can’t get any bigger, brighter or more exciting for groups, MGM Resorts raises the bar again. The company continues to invest and innovate across its portfolio of Las Vegas resorts, with new attractions and upgraded experiences for attendees of all interests.  Remodeled Guest Rooms MGM Grand is the largest single hotel in the world with over 5,000 guest rooms and an 850,000-square-foot conference center. It is home to the newly remodeled MGM Grand Studio Tower—700 reimagined guest rooms with a fun mid-century vibe. Nearby, the iconic New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino recently completed a $63M redesign and remodel of its 1,830 guest rooms and 155 suites. Down the street, Bellagio Las Vegas is sporting renovated rooms in the Spa Tower with sunrise-inspired decor and luxurious soaking tubs in Premier King rooms after a $110-million transformation. Reinvented Luxury Experiences The Luxury Meetings District, made up of Bellagio Las Vegas, ARIA Resort & Casino, Vdara Hotel & Spa, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas, is now more connected than ever before. A new interior walkway opened this October for a seamless attendee experience – connecting Vdara, Bellagio, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, guests can now walk from Park MGM to Bellagio in around 15 minutes. New on the scene in the Luxury Meetings District is Cathedrale at ARIA, TAO Group’s upscale establishment specializing in exquisite French-Mediterranean cuisine offering elevated private dining experiences that opened in May. Heralded by World’s Best 50 Restaurants, GQ and VOGUE, LPM at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is opening this fall and will deliver its signature spontaneity and imaginative celebration of France’s Mediterranean cuisine, art, and culture to the unique luxury resort in impeccable fashion.  A “New Wave  for Mandalay Bay A new wave of enhancements and experiences has arrived at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, including Flanker Kitchen + Sports Bar, an 8,445-square-foot restaurant that opened this June, perfect for pre- and post-game eats and drinks. Event planner’s favorite, Chef Michael Mina’s StripSteak, received a full renovation and now includes one of the largest private dining rooms on The Strip. Retro by Voltaggio debuts a one-year residency with a fun take on pop culture of the 80s and 90s with classic American dishes. An exciting addition planned for 2024 is Swingers, a 40,000-square-foot oasis of street food, miniature golf and art at Mandalay Bay. Most exciting for meeting planners, the 2.1 million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center  is undergoing a complete refresh, with lightened space, added eye-catching art, and improved technology infrastructure for even more flexible space. Energy-efficient digital signage now leads the way with faster internet speeds and new AV options. From renovated guest rooms and meeting spaces to celebrated dining options and dedicated teams, MGM Resorts is dedicated to delivering exceptional and innovative meeting experiences.