During the MeetingNet 16th annual Las Vegas Corporate Invitational, about 120 corporate meeting professionals and Las Vegas suppliers gathered back in April to discover the city’s huge variety of conference and group incentive options. Things kicked off at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino where Don Voss, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, welcomed everyone before they all got to enjoy a nice afternoon of education in the hotel’s new ballroom space.
The greatest hits from the event included a presentation of the state of the industry called “Driving Forces in the Hospitality Marketplace and Downstream Implications for Your Meetings,” given by Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice President, Global Hotel Sales, MGM Resorts International, and immediate past chairman, International Board of Directors, Meeting Professionals International. The presentation covered all of the latest trends in the hotel industry and how those trends affect things like meetings and incentives. There were also points made about how the economic environment is shifting this year and into the future. Dominguez also taught people how to grow their relationships with hotels and how to get the most out of the relationships.
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Justin Ramers is the Chief Marketing Officer at MeetingMatch Inc. He gave an awesome presentation called “Using the Latest Social Technology to Engage Your Audience.” This topic is becoming more common and popular in the events industry. Once you can bridge the gap between meeting in person and getting the most out of social media at the same time, you have it made. This was one presentation that everyone at the event was paying extra close attention to.
What is better than ending the day with beer and food? Nothing. And that is exactly how the afternoon ended at this event. Sarah Johnson, Director of Food & Beverage at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino facilitated the beer and food event. She holds the title of Certified Cicerone and is the very first female in Nevada to earn this. Needless to say, the event went over well and was a huge hit with the entire crowd. Beer and food makes anyone happy, remember that.
As if that wasn’t enough, what followed that was a huge poolside party called “Taste of TI”. Everyone got to sample different foods from Treasure Island’s seven different restaurants including Phil’s Italian Steak House, Pho (Vietnamese cuisine), Gilley’s, the Seafood Shack, Kahunaville, and Señor Frog’s. All while sampling wares from Maui Jim and Bulova and being entertained by Kahunaville’s Island Heat show performers . Overall, the entire Las Vegas Corporate Invitational was a resounding success and attendees are already excited to see what 2016’s event has in store for them!