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"[At the end of the day] you've burned 2,500 calories and can eat a nice, big dinner." a first phase of renovations to the tune of $9 million that will include a new restaurant and bar, add outdoor event space, and enhance its guest rooms, with completion scheduled for September. Also wrapping up in September is the Boulders Resort & Spa's $9 million renovation, with upgrades to its 160 casitas. Above (l-r): Tasting at Jacobsen Salt Co., Portland; Keystone Resort, Vail Valley with more than 20,000 sf of meeting space that can be taken over entirely by groups, and The Venue Las Vegas, a dynamic 38,000sf event space, including ballrooms, meeting rooms, a comedy club and rooftop lounge. OREGON NEVADA Many groups meeting on the Strip take an afternoon to escape the casinos and neon lights and experience the drama of the surrounding mountain ranges and Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S. Groups can use the existing boats that ply the lake, such as the stately paddle-wheeler Desert Princess, which accommodates 275, or arrange a charter lunch or dinner cruise for up to 200 guests through Lake Mead Cruises. Back on the Strip, MGM Resorts' $375 million 20,000-seat indoor arena will be completed in April of 2016. Also wrapping in early 2016 is a complete renovation of the meeting space at Mandalay Bay, which just added 350,000 sf to its convention center. The Tropicana just completed a major $200 million renovation that revitalized all guest rooms and added 26,000 sf of meeting space. Caesars Entertainment debuted an out-of-this-world venue (even for Las Vegas) available for buyout this year with the 75,000sf Omnia nightclub. The multilevel venue, with its main room, mezzanine level and rooftop garden, took over the Pure Nightclub space in Caesars Palace. A high-tech kinetic chandelier anchors the club, with eight oval rings that can be animated with changing lights and movements, hovering just above attendees' heads or soaring to Omnia's 65-foot-high ceilings at four feet per second. Also new is IPEC Las Vegas, which opened this summer 36 | prevue magazine Portland is about everything epicurean. For an unforgettable food and wine experience, Denise Ker Waldron, executive director of Viva! Event & Destination Management, uses Tennessee Walking Horses to visit the vineyards. "Groups ride through the countryside to two or three wineries and stop to do tastings. They even have saddlebags on the horses if they want to purchase wines along the way." This culminates with a tasting of local olive oils and salts from Jacobsen's Salt Co. in Portland, and could include local artisanal cheeses or an entire gourmet lunch al fresco. The ideal group size is 8 to 15 people on horses, with another 15 who can take a different route by horse-drawn carriage and meet up with the riders. In downtown Portland, Provenance Hotels is investing $30 million to create a 150-room lifestyle hotel opening in 2016. A proposed $212 million Hyatt headquarters hotel near the Oregon Convention Center is moving closer to groundbreaking, though a date has not yet been set. CALIFORNIA A healthy alternative to the standard bus tour of Hollywood Boulevard is Bikes and Hikes LA's "L.A. in a Day" experience. The 32-mile tour of 8 Los Angeles' "cities" starts in West Hollywood and visits Culver City studios, Marilyn Monroe's first apartment, Muscle Beach, and much more. "L.A. is a mixture of 12 to 15 cities, most

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue September/October 2015

Planner’s Pick: Santa Fe
Fresh Meets: Grupo Posadas Expands Into US
Bureau Buzz: Detroit CVB
Good Business: Singapore Tourism Board
Sea Shores: Cuba: Pioneering a “New” World
On the Verge
On Location: Costa Rica
On Location: Langham Place New York
On Location: Norfolk
Checkout: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Prevue September/October 2015