Las Vegas has received a lot of attention recently in the world of meetings and events, and it hasn't all been good. From President Obama's unsettling comments to the 340 group cancellations, it's clear the meeting planners are hesitant when it comes to Las Vegas events. But don't write off the city just yet—you may be missing out on some good deals.
"The climate right now [means] some really good values as far as room rates," Sandy Kitrell, a senior buyer for Carlson Marketing Worldwide, told MeetingNews. "We have one client that last year held its meeting at Bally's; this year it can do it at the Wynn, instead. Room rates have come down that much along the Strip."
Attrition deals and re-addressing room rates, or re-rating, can also be taken advantage of at many Las Vegas venues.
"Because room rates have gone down so dramatically, in certain instances, [properties] are willing to revisit original contract rates and re-rate with a lower amount," Kitrell said.
Las Vegas is certainly not going to let negative press get it down. The CVA has even put into effect a Crisis Response Strategic Plan, starting with Vegas Means Business push. Time will tell if the efforts to change perception, combined with great deals, are enough to lure meetings back.