As IPW prepares to return to Las Vegas in September 2021, the destination is getting ready to welcome larger meetings back, with careful planning and continued dedication to encouraging healthy behaviors and proactive mitigation practices within gathering places, businesses and industries. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s (LVCVA) new citywide initiative, Meet Smart, Vegas Smart, is their commitment to guests, employees and the community that gatherings, work sessions and celebrations will adhere to the strictest health and wellness protocols.
Getting Back to Business
Meeting planners, show producers and attendees will find a variety of resources on the Meet Smart, Vegas Smart webpage, including guides to policies and procedures that will allow planners and groups to get back to business with confidence; information on the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC)’s GBAC STAR accreditation; updates on Las Vegas’ current COVID-19 restrictions and recommendations; a link to the state’s COVID Trace app; virtual tours of the city’s venues and event spaces; and a link to the Vegas Smart page, which includes a variety of information, including links to resorts’ individual health and safety plans.
Las Vegas is taking its first step to returning to business as usual. The number of people allowed to gather in one room in Nevada was recently increased to 250, and up to 1,000 total attendees subdivided into neighboring rooms or 50% of the venue’s capacity, whichever is less. The destination is expecting larger shows to return in 2021, and as best practices and recommendations from public health officials continue to evolve, businesses across the industry will incorporate those protocols. The specific health and safety plans implemented by the LVCC and their resort partners account for those measures, as well as extensive cleaning and sanitization, proper training for all employees, additional messaging and signage solutions for more contactless access and more.
The Spirit of Vegas
While things look a little different right now, the excitement and energy that guests expect to find in Las Vegas is still here, with endless options for dining, outdoor adventure, pools, spas, shopping and more. One of the things that makes Las Vegas so exciting is that there’s always something new, and that hasn’t changed.
Major developments are still moving forward, including the LVCC’s West Hall expansion and the Convention Center Loop, the innovative underground transportation system by Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, which will both be finished at the end of this year. Circa Resort & Casino is downtown Las Vegas’ first casino constructed from the ground up in four decades and will debut several restaurants and bars, casino, sportsbook and a multi-level pool amphitheater called Stadium Swim on October 28, and the property’s guestrooms and suites will debut on December 28. In summer 2021, Resorts World Las Vegas, a $4.3 billion integrated resort, is set to open its doors across Las Vegas Boulevard from the LVCC. LVCVA and the entire city is looking forward to the start of in-person events at the new, $2 billion Allegiant Stadium, so there’s an abundance of excitement as the new year approaches.