Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and, indeed, around the world. There’s simply so much to love about Vegas and people just keep coming back for more.
Aside from being a travel mecca, the Entertainment Capital of the World is also a great destination for events. In fact, Vegas has been a choice MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) venue since the opening of the Las Vegas Convention Center in 1959. Indeed, the size and the date of the event doesn’t matter; Las Vegas is the perfect place to conduct it.
Why? Here a just a few reasons to convince you.
1. A Wealth of Accommodations and Venues.
One of the primary considerations when holding events, especially multi-day ones, is where the guests will stay. In Vegas, you won’t have this problem. There are close to 150,000 rooms in the city, so you can easily accommodate 50, 500, or 5,000 guests. You don’t have to think too much about your budget, either, because there are hotels at every price point in Vegas.
You also won’t have any trouble finding a Las Vegas meeting space or convention center. It doesn’t matter if you’re holding a company workshop for a hundred employees or organizing a global event with an expected attendance of 100,000. You can find hotels and a wide variety of other venues in which to hold your event. Indeed, Las Vegas is home to three of America’s largest convention facilities: the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the Sands Expo and Convention Center, and the Las Vegas Convention Center. All in all, Sin City has more than 12 million square feet of meeting, convention, and exhibits space ready to welcome guests.
2. Everyone Wants to Go There.
As mentioned earlier, Vegas is a popular tourist destination. You don’t need a reason to convince people to go because, at the back of their minds, they already want to go. This means that you won’t have to work very hard to encourage attendance to almost any kind of event. Indeed, studies have shown that the average attendance for meetings and conventions increases by 5 to 10 percent when it’s held in Las Vegas. This is especially valuable for events that rely on ticket sales. What’s more, there’s plenty of evidence that participants are more engaged and stay longer when the event is held in Las Vegas. This is favorable for exhibitors who want to make an impression on their customers.
3. It’s Accessible and Walkable.
Las Vegas is a popular destination, which means you don’t have to worry about accessibility. McCarran International Airport is just 2 miles from Las Vegas Boulevard and just 3.5 miles from Las Vegas Convention Center. There are also plenty of hotels that are just 15 to 20 minutes away from the airport. This significantly reduces the need for taxis or bus rides, further driving down the cost for both the organizers and the participants.
4. The Dining Options Are Endless.
Las Vegas is not the Entertainment Capital of the World for nothing. It’s not only replete with tourist attractions, it also has some of the best restaurants that serve a plethora of culinary options. Some establishments are tourist destinations in and of themselves, especially the celebrity-owned ones like CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Indeed, foodies attending your event will be more than pleased to go to Vegas. For those booking hotel venues, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining packages.
Another advantage of having hundreds of food options is that it can accommodate different dietary requirements. Does someone have allergies? Does someone need Halal food? Is there a vegetarian or a vegan in the group? You don’t have to worry because Las Vegas can cater to everyone.
5. Sunny Weather Year-Round.
One of the worst enemies of events is bad weather. It doesn’t only get in the way of outdoor events, but it can also make travel a little more difficult. When you hold your event in Las Vegas, you don’t have to worry about the weather at all. This desert city gets an average of 320 sunny days a year, which is perfect for meetings, conventions, and all sorts of events any time.
6. Event Innovations.
Because of its popularity as a MICE destination, Las Vegas is a hotspot for different kinds of event innovations. For example, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) recently launched “Lili,” which is a chatbot that helps with event planning and booking. LVCVA has also partnered with companies like Tencent and WeChat to create a more seamless travel experience for foreign guests. More and more trade shows held in Vegas have also started developing eco-friendly practices and programs.
So you see, Las Vegas isn’t just a place of glitz, glamor, and impromptu weddings. It’s also the perfect venue for events. Start planning your Vegas meeting, conference, and convention today and prepare for a successful result!
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