Successful Meetings - April 2008 - (Page 73)

Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at the Bellagio Gaming Meetings Entertainment Jackpot When it comes to booking acts in Las Vegas, it’s important to have a system By Susie Bramhall Last fall, Joey Bishop, the last surviving member of the Rat Pack, passed away at the age of 89. But even death can’t stop the legendary group from doing dozens of shows each night in the city they put on the entertainment map. Granted these performances are staged by the many tribute acts that pervade Las Vegas, but the fact remains that the Rat Pack is still a big draw. So big that even a seasoned DMC pro like Craig Bullock, general manager of TBA Global—Las Vegas, who puts on about 100 shows a year, cites a tribute Rat Pack act as a key addition to one of the best events he ever produced. “We have developed several terrific events SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS APRIL 2008 over the years; however, one in particular comes to mind,” states Bullock. “We had created a three-day, four-night program that featured incredible tours and activities. The days included lots of fun in the sun including team building, golfing, and tours with a twist. Each of the evenings included a totally different theme. The first night was a welcome reception hosted by the Rat Pack and included several of the characters and entertainment from the old Vegas. The second night included a 70’s theme, with a fun and energetic band to keep the evening rolling. The final night was held at the Joint in the Hard Rock, which was transformed into a private 73

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Successful Meetings - April 2008

Successful Meetings - April 2008
Editor's Note
Industry Trends
On the Record
Planner's Spotlight
Technology Talk
Personal Success
Websites of the Month
Food & Beverage
On Site
Professional Development
On Site
Professional Development
Miforum Q&A
Beyond the Flames
Reservation for—21,000
Casino Riches
Entertainment Jackpot
Who Needs a Passport?
The International Swing
Around the World in 18 Holes
Places & Spaces
Puerto Rico
Show Special: Washington DC / Frankfurt, Germany

Successful Meetings - April 2008