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"Groups don't want to just see
the local culture-they want to
immerse themselves in it."
while museum tours tout a lesser-known cultural side. The Neon
Museum (which is amidst an expansion), Mob Museum and
"ghost town" of the Clark County Museum are popular draws
that also host events. Hotels are also showing off their creative
and cultural sides. Just ahead of the Chinese New Year, the Lucky
Dragon Hotel & Casino debuted, becoming Vegas' first casino
resort to deliver an authentic Asian experience. Groups can also
try a Vegas-style foodie tour with Lip Smacking Foodie Tours or
a local art crawl through the Park and art-infused hotels like Aria.
Downtown Vegas' monthly First Friday Las Vegas also combines
art, food and entertainment in myriad ways.
Excitement is also building for the Las Vegas Convention
Center District (LVCCD), which has completed the first phase of an
expansion and renovation. The revamp will add 600,000 sf of exhibit
space and meeting rooms and give the existing center a makeover.
Settling into the local life has become a sought-after luxury for
attendees, and Norma Bock, meeting industry director for the Quito
Tourism Board, says this culturally rich destination in the Andes
is happy to deliver. "There is no denying that comfort and high
standards are huge factors for luxury groups, but now they are also
seeking greater immersion in local culture as well. They don't just
want to see it-they want to immerse themselves in it."
Groups will find a plethora of museums (many available
to meetings and events), whether plastic arts at the Oswaldo
Guayasamin Museum, the history of Ecuadorian currency at
the Numismatic Museum or ceremonial masks at the Central
Bank Museum. There's so much to see and do that Bock says
that "the destination can be lived through its cultural experiences."
While in town, the Olga Fisch Store speaks to this idea by selling
some of the finest crafts in Ecuador and La Mariscal Artisan
Market, near the Historic Center, sells crafts from more than
100 local vendors.
Nature excursions are also high on the to-do list for incentives
as preservation of wild places is second nature here. The
transformation of the city's old airport into Bicentennial Park,
a 300-acre green recreational space is giving the urban area a
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