Planning a meeting in Las Vegas or attending a convention in Las Vegas and having to organize satellite events?
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If this issue’s introductory article didn’t resolve any doubts about bringing your corporate events to Las Vegas, we’ll reiterate the point again: value. Planners who utilize Las Vegas as their event destination are able to fully maximize their budget to provide first-rate accommodations, transportation, dining, entertainment and team building experiences without overspending. But the value of Las Vegas is fully seen in the one area that makes events possible in the first place: space.

The very infrastructure of Las Vegas is designed specifically for the meetings and events industry. Unlike other major event destinations, the city’s marquee convention centers and major event venues are located right in its center with little to no need of extended travel. The rest of the Las Vegas hospitality industry’s efforts, from new restaurants to original entertainment concepts, are built around their proximity to usable meeting space.

Most major resorts have beautifully furnished and user-ready meeting facilities on their premises, usually ballrooms and boardrooms that can be arranged to accommodate a variety of seating arrangements. But for the uninitiated, Las Vegas is also home to three of the largest convention facilities in the country, which provide space on a grand scale that can be used in an almost unlimited number of ways.

The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) isn’t just one of the most recognizable venues in the national events industry; it’s one of the most notable convention centers in the world. With two restaurants, 18 concession stands, a full-service kitchen, two Starbucks locations, a master antenna system, cable- and closed-circuit television and audio recording rooms, complimentary wireless Internet access and a combined total of 5,200 parking spaces, it’s the ideal location for hosting large-scale exhibitions, trade shows and conventions.

The LVCC features 16 large-scale exhibition halls that are divided by moveable walls, allowing for multiple spaces to be used at once and ensuring that planners are left with just the right size needed for their individual events. A total of 144 additional meeting rooms are spread throughout the facility, with capacities ranging from 20 to 7,500. Planners should keep in mind that the center’s exhibition space rates are among the most competitive in the U.S., running as low as 29 cents per net square foot per show day.

A good resource for non-local event planners is the LVCC’s housing services, which can provide assistance in finding appropriate accommodations for large corporate groups. Other services the facility offers include registration assistance by a team of professional workers, catering by ARAMARK, the facility’s exclusive food and beverage provider; a FedEx business center; and Bags to Go, a unique program that allows passengers on Southwest, United, Delta, U.S. Airways and Frontier to check in their luggage at the LVCC’s Grand Concourse.

Even though the stand-alone LVCC doesn’t offer resort-style accommodations, it is located directly next to the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel. The Convention Center is also accessible by the Las Vegas Monorail, giving attendees a quick and easy ride to the rest of the major destination points along the Strip.

The Cashman Center is a venue that’s rich in community history. Completed in 1948, the complex was originally named Cashman Field and served as the home of the Las Vegas Wranglers, a minor league baseball team of the Class C Sunset League. It also was the site of many of the city’s annual events, including festivals, rodeos and political activities. Today, the Cashman Center is still the host of the city’s minor league baseball team, the 51s, and is also a popular facility for conventions, exhibitions and concerts.

Meeting planners should note that the Cashman Center is a multi-use venue that offers flexible space for virtually any type of event. From banquet-style ballroom events to theater-style business presentations, the Cashman Center has just the right space for every corporate itinerary. The facility is also a great resource for planners who are facing scheduling or logistics conflicts at the Las Vegas Convention Center and are in need of a locale that can accommodate large-scale events.

The Cashman Center features 483,000 square-feet of meeting space, including two exhibits halls totaling 98,100 square-feet, a 1,922-seat theater, a 10,000-seat baseball stadium, 12 meeting rooms and a restaurant. The restaurant is located on the Club Level and features some of the finest views in the city. The surrounding mountain landscape and baseball complex provide the perfect backdrop for corporate events, parties and receptions of all sizes, including groups of up to 500 guests.

Smart City Networks is the Cashman Center’s exclusive provider of telephone, Internet, wireless and data networking services. ARAMARK is the facility’s in-house caterer and provides a variety of food and beverage menus, including breakfast buffets, sandwich boards, seated dinners, carving stations and hors d’oeuvres. The Cashman Center parking lot consists of four separate paved parking lots that can accommodate a total of 2,500 cars. With flexible space and quality services, the Cashman Center is one of the city’s most versatile event venues.

The Sands Expo and Convention Center makes up the final part of the city’s iconic trinity of meeting facilities. The Sands is home to 10 of the largest trade shows in the country and features a team of experienced professionals that specialize in creating high-quality exhibitions and meetings to generate maximum attendee interest.

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