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Gaming Meetings READER RI • Learn the current landscape for meetings • See how properties are getting back to basics with planners • Discover how 2010 is shaping up for gaming destinations Participants Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Harveys Lake Tahoe Steve Lowe, regional director of sales of Harrah’s for Northern Nevada Lake Tahoe, NV Mohegan Sun Chris Perry, vice president, hotel sales and marketing Uncasville, CT Meetings While Las Vegas has been clobbered by the economy and a Presidential put-down, smaller gaming properties find ways to keep meetings on the books Betting on Moderated by Leo Jakobson Lumiere Place Casino & Hotels Todd George, vice president and general manager St. Louis, MO Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL Mark Tascione, director of sales and catering Hollywood, FL W hile no meeting hotel or resort that relies on meetings, incentives, conferences, and events has had a good year, many of the nonVegas gaming properties spread across the United States from Connecticut and Florida, to St. Louis, to Lake Tahoe, have found that with a little creativity, hard work, and a willingness to search out different groups than they have courted in the past, 2009 has not been a disaster. To say nothing of 2010. During discussions with the sales directors or general managers of four gaming properties last month, one thing became very clear: This segment of the hospitality industry doesn’t intend to give up on the MICE market without a fight. Lumiere Place has had success by building on seasonal allure and capitalizing on events coming to the area 46 I SM I August 2009 I

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Successful Meetings - August 2009

Successful Meetings - August 2009
Editors Letter
Planning for the World, in 5 Days
Personal Success
Incentive Insights
Food & Beverage
Management Matters
The Show Must Go On
What Happens in Vegas...
Rolling on the High Seas
Betting on Meetings
Meetings Hype 2.0
Places and Spaces
Midwest Meetings
Palm Springs Desert Resorts
2009 Pinnacle Awards

Successful Meetings - August 2009