With U2 in ’23 & Super Bowl in ’24, Vegas is Hotter Than Ever!
According to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, things are bigger and brighter in Las Vegas than ever before and, for the next two years or so, Vegas will probably take center stage of any event planner’s mind because of the resort city’s two latest news releases from the Entertainment Capital of the World.
One, U2, said to be the world’s most popular band, will christen the new MSG Sphere at The Venetian in the fall of 2023. This is a big thing in the entertainment industry as it is the band’s first tour in four years and the new venue claims that its over-the-top technology will change concert productions forever. Millions of fans cannot wait to see how and it’s an extravaganza that planners should keep an eye on to see how that technology can go to work for their groups.
Two, in February 2024, Super Bowl LVIII kicks off at the Allegiant Stadium proving that Las Vegas is many things, including the best arena in the world. This is amazing news as believe it or not, it is the first time the Super Bowl will play anywhere in the state of Nevada. A first for Vegas!
So, for those two reasons, Las Vegas will probably dominate travel news a lot and will probably get meeting and tradeshow planners leaning towards Vegas for their next corporate or association offsite event. Here are 12 solid reasons why that is a great idea:
- Hey, It’s Vegas! Perhaps no other destination in the world can create the most outstanding, unforgettable group experiences than Las Vegas.
- Convention Space Galore: Las Vegas is said to have more meeting space than any other destination in the world. With more than 14 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space, it is home to three of the country’s ten largest convention centers: the 2.9-million-square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center; the 2-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center; and the 1.7 million-square-foot at the Venetian Expo. Other notable event space includes the 550,000-square-foot Caesars Forum; and the 850,000-square-foot MGM Grand Conference Center.
- LVCVA Services: The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority provides a wide range of services for every event including virtual tours, lead distribution, site inspects, familiarization tours, local supply coordination, promotion assistance, visitor brochures, and guides, calendar of events, convention and trade show services, and destination research. Of course, an experienced staff is always ready to assist with special requests.
- GBAC STAR: With a highly experienced resort staff at every level of engagement, Las Vegas leads the way in convention facility disease outbreak prevention at a variety of group facilities including the Las Vegas Convention Center, Venetian Expo, Resorts World, Mandalay Bay International Resort & Casino, Hyatt Place Las Vegas at Silverton Village and the Harry Reid International Airport – all of which have been awarded the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation by ISSA – the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association and the benchmark for safe facilities.
- WTCA Certification: In 2014, the World Trade Center Las Vegas achieved certification from the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA). This designation means the WTC Las Vegas engages in trade activities, provides trade and exhibition services, and provides reciprocal services to other members of the WTCA Network.
- Hotel Rooms: 150,000 guestrooms throughout the city, so there’s a hotel to suit every preference and budget.
- Air Service: Harry Reid International Airport is located minutes from The Strip. To date, there are 1,050 inbound/outbound flights to 150 U.S. and international cities.
- Location: Most facilities and hotels are located a short drive from the Harry Reid International Airport.
- Weather: Warm and dry with approximately 320 days of sunshine.
- Transportation: Las Vegas is a walkable city and delegates are often able to walk from one facility to another with ease. In addition, there are buses, taxis, Uber/Lyft, shuttles, and the country’s first automated monorail.
- Restaurants: There is almost every option to savor in Vegas, from fine dining establishments to popular restaurants, and from prepared meal boxes to customized menus according to group needs.
- Attendance Motivator: Most events average a nine-percent increase in attendance “when conventions rotate into Las Vegas.”Air Service: Harry Reid International Airport is located minutes from The Strip. To date, there are 1,050 inbound/outbound flights to 150 U.S. and international cities.
For more information be sure to check out our Las Vegas Destination Report in our upcoming Spring 2023 issue.