Las Vegas' key figures for event planners

The CityCenter complex adds 6,000 rooms across five new hotels, as well as an array of leisure and event space. C&IT gets the vital stats on the Strip's bold new development.

Las Vegas' key figures for event planners
Las Vegas' key figures for event planners

67 - The acres of land between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo hotels on the city's famous Strip that are now home to the £6bn CityCenter, the largest privately funded urban metropolis in North America. The mixed-use scheme, comprising hotels, leisure, retail and events space, is a 50/50 joint venture between MGM Mirage and Infinity World Development Corp - a subsidiary of Dubai World.

6,000 - The number of hotel rooms in CityCenter. The development features five venues, namely the Aria Resort & Casino, Crystals retail and dining district, Mandarin Oriental, Vdara and Veer Towers. The centrepiece of the metropolis is the 61-storey Aria Tower, which offers 4,004 rooms, as well as a casino, a 1,850-seat showroom and a 27,870m2 convention and meeting facility. The complex also boasts a luxury spa with 62 treatment rooms and four large swimming pools. The Mandarin Oriental and the 1,496-room Vdara offer a selection of non-gambling accommodation.

400 - The Harmon Hotel, which is scheduled to open later this year, will offer 400 rooms. It has already been accepted as a member of the Leading Hotels of the World portfolio and will feature Las Vegas' first Mr Chow restaurant, a luxurious Kesari spa, butler services and 1,625m2 of event space. The non-gaming property has been designed by Foster & Partners and will be operated by The Light Group in partnership with Zabeel Investments.

6 - This is the number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certificates awarded to CityCenter from the US Green Building Council. Aria's hotel tower, convention centre and theatre, along with Vdara, Mandarin Oriental and Veer Towers have each received Gold certifications. The accolades are awarded for an innovative approach to site development, water efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental air quality. Much of the power consumed at CityCenter is generated by the on-site power plant that heats the water used by guests, which reduces demand from the grid.

3 - Aria has three large ballrooms ranging from 3,530m2 to 4,830m2 that feature full production stages. There is also an additional smaller 1,858m2 ballroom, and 38 meeting rooms ranging in size from 72m2 to 362m2. If the entire space is used then events for up to 5,000 delegates can be catered for. There is also vehicle access with a drive-up ramp to all three levels of the facility. Aria Resort & Casino opened on 16 December.

16 - The number of restaurants in Aria Resort & Casino. There are also ten bars and lounges and Viva Elvis - a Cirque du Soleil show based on the life and music of Elvis Presley. The musical extravaganza is the seventh Cirque du Soleil production to take up a residency in Las Vegas.

400 - The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas has 400 rooms located on 47 stories. The property, which opened on 4 December also boasts 227 exclusive residencies, a Sky Lobby on its 23rd floor, a 780m2 ballroom with two additional break-out rooms and a 2,500m2 two-level spa.

40m - The sum in dollars that public Fine Art Program is costing across the CityCenter complex, which features works by acclaimed artists. It encompasses a multitude of styles ranging from sculptures and paintings to large-scale installations. Maya Lin's silver sculpture of the Colorado River is one such piece, suspended high above the reception area at Aria Resort & Casino.

3,266 - The number of passengers that can be transported to CityCenter every hour via an automated tram that connects Crystals with the Monte Carlo to the south and the Bellagio to the north. The 640-metre twin-elevated track opened on 1 December. The two trams can each carry 132 passengers.

12,000 - New full-time jobs were created when CityCenter opened. This figure represents the single largest new employment opportunity in the history of Las Vegas.

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CORPORATE LOWDOWN: Honda (UK) Motorcycles

- Have you used Las Vegas as an incentive destination?

Honda (UK) Motorcycles organised a week-long Dealers' Incentive Programme to Las Vegas. We watched Le Mystique, a Cirque de Soleil performance, which was outstanding. However, the highlight was a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. We landed deep inside for a Champagne picnic.

- Where did delegates stay?

Accommodation was booked at the MGM Grand Hotel with rooms located in the Grand Tower. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the hotel's 'super-sized breakfasts' certainly went down well each morning.

- Would you use Las Vegas as a C&I destination again?

Definitely. It's so easy to compile an action-packed itinerary. The Grand Canyon helicopter trips are certainly a huge selling point. On the return leg, groups can fly up the Strip as the sun sets.

- Which Vegas hotels would you recommend and why?

The MGM Grand because it has a great location.

- What is your top tip for groups considering Vegas?

The time difference and the vast amount of activities on offer meant that delegates were exhausted by the end of the week. Next time, we'll stay for a shorter time.

- Helen Turner is customer experience & events manager at Honda (UK) Motorcycles.

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