by Matt Alderton | January 29, 2018
Like a chameleon, Las Vegas is always changing its colors. This year will be no exception, according to MGM Resorts International, which announced last week that it will shake up its group offerings in 2018 by opening new meeting venues, expanding old ones, and even introducing the company's first-ever all-inclusive package for incentive groups.

"With convention center expansions designed to accommodate client growth and attract new business; collaborative, innovative meeting spaces to inspire the mind; and the company's first all-inclusive incentive group packages, MGM Resorts continues to lead the way in 'meeting' expectations for groups of all sizes," the company said in a statement.

In a project completed last year, MGM Resorts already expanded the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. This year, however, it will turn its attention to the convention spaces at ARIA, MGM Grand, Park MGM, and Luxor, each of which is being expanded. 

At ARIA, a $165 million project is currently underway to add 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space across four stories, encompassing new indoor/outdoor verandas as well as a new executive lounge with private suites, a stocked pantry, a conference room, and a library.

At MGM Grand, meanwhile, MGM Resorts is adding 250,000 square feet of meeting space to the MGM Grand Conference Center (pictured), where it's also expanding the footprint of its "Stay Well Meetings" wellness meetings experience.

Formerly the Monte Carlo, Park MGM already has unveiled the first phase of its new 77,000-square-foot conference space. Still forthcoming, the second phase will include Las Vegas' first Executive Meeting Center (EMC) and Idea Studio -- which MGM Resorts describes as "high-touch, high-tech meeting venues designed to maximized productivity for small groups" -- as well as a new installation of Stay Well guest rooms and meeting spaces.

Plans at Luxor revolve around the new 20,000-square-foot "Galleria Square," which will boast an 8,000-square-foot ballroom, five meeting rooms, and a 4,700-square-foot pre-function area.

MGM Resorts also has added new unconventional meeting spaces: Mandalay Bay's Beachside Ballroom and Portofino at The Mirage. The former totals 2,425 feet and is located beside Mandalay Bay Beach. The latter, meanwhile, includes a 1,000-square-foot cocktail lounge and a 3,700-square-foot dining room modeled after the Italian village of Portofino.

Finally, next month Delano Las Vegas will introduce an all-inclusive package for incentive groups. Available for groups of 10 rooms or more, it will allow incentive attendees to access amenities and services at both Delano and Mandalay Bay by utilizing a single master account. The package includes suite accommodations, meals, and themed group dinner events with décor, and can be customized to also include drinks, entertainment, and attractions. 

"When all expansions are completed by the end of 2018, MGM Resorts will have 4 million square feet of meeting and convention space, more than any other company in Las Vegas," MGM Resorts said. "All this space, along with premier resort accommodations, restaurants, shows, and more along the Las Vegas Strip, provides meeting planners numerous options, under one portfolio, with one seamless contract."