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Luxe in Las Vegas Amazing cuisine, stunning venues, local experiences and stellar accommodations for "wow" meetings A [ON LOCATION] LAUREL HERMAN All of these complemented our recent visit to Las Vegas for Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). The panel discussion, which showcased the impact of meetings and events on local communities, took place with much excitement at the new T-Mobile Arena, where local industry leaders shared their two cents on the future of meetings. Las Vegas was all too ready to immerse my group in the essence of the dazzling city as well. "Hands down," exclaims Mike Massari, senior VP of Caesars Entertainment, "Vegas is the number one meetings destination. With the airport minutes away from the strip, we have the lift to a myriad of luxury, well-priced properties with the finest and most creative and passionate service, restaurants and entertainment found anywhere." MEETINGS WITH SPARK We explored Cirque du Soleil "Spark" session at The Mirage, a new VIP teambuilding experience for igniting the professional fire-e.g., creativity and synergy-among 20 to 400 peers. Spark's artistic and acrobatic sessions are designed around clients' vision so brand signage, show content, customized ticketing and keepsakes can all be arranged. Our session took place on the Cirque du Soleil's Beatles LOVE stage. Here, groups can work hand in hand with Cirque du Soleil's coaches and artists. Venue buyouts, backstage access and even catered receptions are all possible. Groups can also take flight with Sundance Helicopters. To 36 | start the experience off right, they pick attendees up from the hotel and whisk them away in a stretch limousine to the newly renovated appointed pre-flight lounge. The lounge is a beautiful, 2-story space in itself with 25-foot ceilings, a loft and outdoor patio facing the desert-another fab option for groups just minutes from the Strip. The helicopters flew us directly over the neon lights of the strip, where we spotted all the landmarks. It's an unforgettable way to see the city and experience VIP treatment. The helicopters fit 6 attendees each, the company has 25, and the rides can be done in waves; in fact, the company has accommodated groups of more than 500 guests. A daytime VIP option takes attendees to the Grand Canyon, including a stop for a picnic on the Canyon floor, 3200 feet below the rim, then on to the Valley of Fire, known for its blazing red sandstone, one of the Mojave Deserts most brilliant sights. The entire trip takes 3 1/2 hours, making for an easy half-day experience. DINEAROUNDS, VEGAS-STYLE In between being whisked around the city by Bell Limousines or swooshing through the air we had what can only be described as unforgettable culinary experiences. Massari says the city's culinary scene, which caters to both flavor and wellness, is yet another great luxury. "Healthy food is more expensive and a luxury that we can deliver well. When a group is in our care, we take pride in making sure these higher end offerings are fulfilled."

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue May/June 2016

Planner’s Pick: Milwaukee
Fresh Meets: Marriott’s Big Plans for 2016
Bureau Buzz: Quebec City Business Destination
Good Business: Carbon Conscience
Sea Shores: New Luxury Cruise Options Debut
The New VIP
On Location: Miami Beach Visionary Summit
On Location: South Africa
On Location: Branson
On Location: Alberta
On Location: Atlantis Paradise Island
Checkout: Hilton West Palm Beach

Prevue May/June 2016