(Pictured) The expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center will bring
another 1.4 million square feet and a new design to the facility
Big changes are happening at the country's biggest and emerging gaming destinations, and this is great news for meeting planners, whether they are looking to bring their groups to Las Vegas or far from it.
Of all the changes coming to Las Vegas, none will have a greater impact than the vast expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Plans for the $860 million project were unveiled in April by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, including the 1.4 million-square-foot expansion of the LVCC's existing 3.2 million square feet. It will feature a fluid, wave-like exterior design with a glass wall and a replica of the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign prominently set above the main lobby.
"Our biggest goal was to give Las Vegas a convention center that will be iconic, with a design that nods to all of the very unique architecture in the city's history," said Rob Svedberg, principal of tvsdesign, the project's architects, at the unveiling. "Being iconic in Las Vegas is different than being iconic in other places, and we really want this building to be unique in the marketplace."
Built on land once occupied by the old Riviera, the Strip-facing facility will have at least 600,000 square feet of new exhibit space. The expansion, scheduled to open in time for the massive CES 2021 show at the beginning of that year, is the second phase of the project. Phase three is a complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot convention center. That is scheduled for completion by 2023.
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The biggest news out of the Bahamas this year is the completion of the long-anticipated, $4.2 billion Baha Mar resort on Nassau. The first and largest part of Baha Mar, the 1,800-room Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, opened in April 2017, along with the 100,000-square-foot casino, a wide variety of restaurants and bars, a 30,000-square-foot ESPA spa and a half-mile of beachfront. In November, the 299-room SLS Baha Mar opened its doors with 12,000 square feet of event space. The 233-room Rosewood Baha Mar opened in June with 20,600 square feet of event space.
At the Atlantis, Paradise Island, resort dining is in the news under a new team, with an eye toward healthier and more robust options. In addition, the family-friendly Coral at Atlantis' 609 rooms and public spaces have undergone a complete renovation and rebranding.