The evolution of Las Vegas as a lifestyle and entertainment destination is almost complete, but all of the hotels on the strip need to constantly evolve their design and culinary programming to remain competitive.
Quintessential North American vacation destinations like Orlando, Las Vegas, and the Caribbean remain popular with travelers despite global vacation booking trends shifting to more diverse countries and cities.
Consolidation in the hospitality industry continues. It'll be interesting to see if Red Rock can revitalize the off-the-Strip property, especially as Vegas continues to evolve and grow, adding even more mega-resorts and attractions to the Strip itself .
Destinations have traditionally undervalued the ability of meetings-specific website content to drive convention attendance, but Las Vegas is attempting to do just that with an integrated, high-tech content delivery platform.
It's not necessary to capture a destination on a bumper sticker (just ask France or Italy), but it certainly helps when it comes to modern tourism marketing.
Global Meetings Industry Day is an advocacy effort by hospitality and tourism companies to promote the value of face-to-face meetings, but there should be more focus on industry insight versus marketing-speak.
There are no better words to a tourism bureau than "staying longer, spending more."
After largely recovering (or resetting) after the disastrous fallout of the 2008 financial crisis, Vegas is once again embracing big developments on the Strip.
Significant capital investments in Las Vegas hospitality have been few since the recession. The opening of T-Mobile Arena and adjacent developments, as well as record visitation to the city during the last two years, suggest the Strip is turning a corner.
Bringing the local desert environment into the Strip is a smart evolution for the MGM Resorts' user experience because it creates a unique new social environment for the city.