The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) joined leaders from across the Las Vegas meeting and convention industry including Caesars Entertainment, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International, The Venetian and The Palazzo and Wynn Las Vegas to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) on 12 April, 2018.
The day is especially important for Las Vegas as the meetings, conventions and trade show industry has a significant impact on the local economy supporting 65,000 jobs and generating more than $9.3bn in economic impact. The destination recorded an all-time high for convention visitation in 2017, welcoming 6.6m business travellers.
“In Las Vegas, business travel is a critical component of our overall visitation mix, driving our economy and providing critical jobs for those who call southern Nevada home,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO of the LVCVA.
“The impact of the meeting and convention industry is astounding and we celebrate the vision of events like GMID for encouraging advocacy, education and the need to support initiatives that move us forward.”
The LVCVA and its partners are also encouraging the GMID message to evolve to ‘Global Meetings IMPACT Day’.
The shift in verbiage, they say, is “intended to amplify the valuable mission and purpose of the event which intends to educate the public about the wide-reaching positive impact face-to-face meetings have on global economies and driving business forward”.
The Las Vegas meetings industry supported the ‘Impact’ message with several presentations on the various impacts the industry can and does have at the destination’s observance.
Nearly 200 meetings industry leaders and professionals gathered, 12 April, at The Venetian Theater inside The Venetian Las Vegas for presentations emphasising the impact of meetings and conventions for economic growth. Topics of discussion included recent successes and upcoming trends in the meeting and convention industry.
The event kicked off with a presentation from Paul Van Deventer of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) outlining important trends in the meetings landscape. Additional presenters and topics included:
- Health & Wellness in meetings – Mike Dominguez, MGM Resorts International SVP and chief sales officer
- Corporate Social Responsibility – Lisa Messina, Caesars Entertainment VP of sales
- Green Initiatives/Solar Projects – Erik Hansen, Wynn Las Vegas director of energy procurement
- Technology – Mamie Peers, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas VP of digital marketing
- Innovation/Entertainment – Chandra Allison, Sands Corporation SVP of sales
Following the presentations, event guests were invited to explore an interactive art-gallery style exhibit showcasing major advancements and developments throughout the destination.