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ARIA’s 200,000-Square-Foot Convention Center Expansion Opens; Introduces Innovative New Executive Meeting Lounge

February 18, 2018 by  

ARIA’s 200,000-Square-Foot Convention Center Expansion Opens; Introduces Innovative New Executive Meeting Lounge
One of North America’s premier destinations for large-scale, tech-forward conferences and events, ARIA Resort & Casino has opened an additional 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space across four stories. The approximately $170 million expansion is highlighted by stunning indoor/open-air verandas with retractable windows and dramatic views of The Park and T-Mobile Arena

The new space, seamlessly integrated with ARIA’s existing convention center, incorporates features such as outdoor offerings, views, additional natural light and non-traditional meeting areas. For those wanting an exclusive gathering area, the discreetly marked Cypress Executive Lounge is a Las Vegas first that will exceed expectations. The 3,000-square-foot space features a fully stocked pantry, 3 private suites for personal workspaces and one-on-one meetings, a conference room with flexible furniture set ups for up to 30, and a beautiful study for toasting to a successful event.

Also within the 200,000-square-foot expansion, guests will discover ballrooms with built-in stages, an exclusive loading dock with megavator for events requiring sizable displays, versatile indoor-outdoor breakout rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and ample pre-function spaces. The top floor is one of Las Vegas’ most distinctive meeting venues: a vast ballroom with two impressive open-air verandas that can accommodate receptions for up to 2,000 attendees. For those looking for special off-site options, The Park, T-Mobile Arena and Toshiba Plaza are just steps away and provide a variety of settings, entertainment and food & beverage options.

Now with a total of 500,000 square feet of convention space and diverse options within the neighborhood, ARIA can accommodate larger convention groups and attract new business.

“Convention business demand at ARIA continues to grow, especially as planners discover we can accommodate larger groups, allowing us to book into 2020 and beyond,” said Tony Yousfi, ARIA’s vice president of Sales. “With this expansion, we can better service our clients’ needs and increase the spectrum of events we can host.”

Another differentiator for the AAA Five Diamond ARIA is that the new convention space maintains MGM Resorts’ commitment to build new venues to LEED Gold standards or better, creating one of the most expansive high-end, environmentally friendly meeting facilities in the world. Already an established leader in this area, ARIA has earned the prestigious five keys from Green Key Global’s Eco-Rating Program.

Client responses to the expansion:

Muriel Wilson, Virtuoso’s Director of Events said, “Virtuoso’s events have been growing year over year, and with that growth comes the demand for more meeting space.  Thankfully, we have a fantastic working relationship with ARIA that has been built on a foundation of collaboration.  Since our events have pushed beyond the industry’s traditional setup and design, the ARIA team has worked with us to use their meeting space more creatively, and we are proud to be one of the first shows to take advantage of their new expansion. In addition, with so much renovation in Las Vegas right now plus Virtuoso’s strong focus on sustainability, ARIA is a natural fit with their LEED certification and daily commitment to conserving natural resources.”

David Hansen, Virtuoso’s Senior Vice President of Events, elaborated, “When selecting a location for our largest annual event, only the best will suffice for the world’s top and most discerning travel advisors from countries across the globe.  ARIA’s remarkable new space has elevated their already impressive game to a whole new level, which will allow us to continue hosting Virtuoso Travel Week, luxury travel’s preeminent show, in Las Vegas.”

Matt Thompson, executive vice president of Worldwide Field Operations at Adobe, said, “We’ve enjoyed a strong working relationship with ARIA for several years, hosting our annual sales conference at the property. The experience for our meeting and our employees has been first-rate every time. With the convention center expansion – alongside our continued growth – we know ARIA will continue to accommodate our group now and into the future.”

Stephan Gray, Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Kronos Incorporated, said, “After several very successful years at ARIA during which our customer conference continued to grow in size and complexity, we unfortunately found ourselves pushing the limits on available space. With the new expansion, we were able to reconsider our multi-year plan, keeping our customers at a Five Diamond resort that offers superior meeting space and top-notch conference and catering teams.”

ARIA has received numerous accolades including being named among the top 10 meeting resorts in North America in 2017 by Cvent, an industry leader specializing in meetings management technology.

For information about meetings at ARIA, contact Convention Sales at (866) 718-2489, (702) 590-7171 or meetings@aria.com.

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