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One of the most iconic names on the Las Vegas Strip just got an upgrade. Mandalay Bay has everything that your business needs from a refreshed convention space designed to inspire productivity and creativity, to an impressive selection of world-class restaurants and amenities. If you're looking for a venue that's both inviting and innovative, you have to be here. New Wave Experiences Mandalay Bay continues to invest in a new wave of enhancements both in the convention space and within the resort as a whole. New restaurant openings including Orla by Michael Mina, drawing inspiration from the award-winning chef’s childhood in Egypt and with flavors and décor inspired by the spices found in markets common to coastal Mediterranean towns, as well as Caramá by Wolfgang Puck, bringing the essence of Italy and spirit of Wolfgang into one concept, are recent additions. The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas also experienced a recent remodel of all 424 rooms. Swingers, a high-end, adults-only golf and entertainment concept will debut in Fall 2024. Enhanced Technology Creating a truly effective conference venue requires careful thought into what a business needs: the right technology, capacity, and inspiration to bring ideas to the next level. As part of the resort’s refresh, Mandalay Bay implemented state-of-the-art technology upgrades, installing cutting-edge Cat6A Ethernet cabling throughout the convention center. This advancement doubles the frequency of data transmission, enabling lightning-fast speeds up to 9400% faster. The convention center now boasts 11 dynamic digital walls, spanning up to 24' x 13', strategically positioned for brand placements, sponsorships and targeted event messaging. Additionally, attendees can benefit from 20 double-sided 55" mobile flexible display units, facilitating effortless navigation to meeting rooms and events. RFID locks were installed on all meeting room doors, and over 200 motion detection cameras have been placed throughout the space. Refreshing New Design & Fine Art The newly remodeled convention space provides a bright and vibrant atmosphere that complements Mandalay Bay's tropical-inspired brand. Featuring white-washed walls and ceilings adorned with bold floral patterns in cerulean and coral tones, the space is complemented by warm walnut accent walls. In addition to the redesign of all pre-function spaces, meeting rooms and ballrooms, Mandalay Bay's 1 million square feet of exhibit space has undergone a rejuvenation, including new paint, covered pillars and relocated strobe lights. Sustainable Spectacles Mandalay Bay is committed to Focused on What Matters and creating more responsible meetings. Refillable water stations all available around the resort, cutting unnecessary plastic usage from single-use bottles. The Mandalay Bay campus’ recent upgrades represent a bold step forward in redefining the Las Vegas experience. With a focus on innovation, sustainability, and unparalleled service, Mandalay Bay sets a new standard for excellence in business hospitality. Whether you're seeking cutting-edge conference facilities, world-class dining options, or simply a luxurious retreat, an unparalleled meeting experience awaits.
Jun 26, 2024
Around the world, the business events industry is advocating on the issues that matter to our collective future.  Last month, I joined Marsha Flanagan, president and CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and Barbara Weizsäcker, secretary general of the European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA) on stage at IMEX Frankfurt for a transatlantic policy and advocacy update.  Two issues were front and center: international travel and sustainability.  Reducing friction in international travel  While ECA has been working to bring down visa wait times for international exhibitors and attendees looking to come to the U.S., EEIA has been doing the same for would-be international visitors to meetings and events taking place across the European Union (EU). With monthslong delays negatively impacting exhibition attendance, EEIA has been pushing for streamlined visa processes with policymakers across the EU institutions, including at April’s well-received EU Dialogue: Driving Positive Change in the Meetings Industry program. “The EU trade policy must be reflected in visa policy to attract exhibitors and visitors to Europe’s international exhibitions,” said Weizsäcker. “We ask for improvement of the waiting times through both EU and national channels and have high hopes for the future joint Schengen visa procedure to accelerate the process substantially.”  Addressing the impacts of climate change Similarly, sustainability and decarbonization are at the top of the policy agenda in Brussels. The European Green Deal has introduced a host of new measures on waste, the energy performance of buildings, and more that impact industry stakeholders across the EU. While the EU’s green policymaking has long outpaced developments in Washington, DC, issues impacting the industry are creeping up in states and cities nationwide. For example, this month California looks set to ban the propane-powered forklifts prevalent on trade show floors by 2035. Industry organizations are getting more involved, as well. More than 600 organizations around the world (including ECA) have signed the Net Zero Carbon Events pledge, and IAEE is working on a new sustainability toolkit for its members and the industry at-large.  “The sooner we advance our sustainability practices, the more we highlight our industry’s relevance in the bigger business picture, and this toolkit helps accomplish that,” said Flanagan. What does the future hold? In Frankfurt, IMEX also held its annual policy forum, which brings together policymakers, destinations, and industry leaders together to influence the future direction of the business events industry as it relates to policy. This year’s hot topic: good meetings, not more meetings.  This convening surfaced some existential issues facing the industry globally including the impact of over-tourism and the future of sustainability, circularity, and resilience, particularly in how they impact the destinations where events take place. “It is vital business events leaders do not simply lobby policymakers via traditional advocacy. Together, we should explore key challenges and opportunities in an intelligently designed interaction; that’s the unique value of IMEX Policy Forum,” said Martin Sirk, owner of Sirk Serendipity, who co-moderated the event with Natasha Richards, director of impact and industry relations for IMEX. This year’s Global Exhibitions Day theme was exhibitions are catalysts to sustainable futures. As you can see, the industry’s advocacy across the globe is working to make that future a reality.   Don’t miss any event-related news: Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter HERE, listen to our latest podcast HERE and engage with us on LinkedIn!