Las Vegas, the capital of poker, gambling, and entertainment will become above all the capital of special events starting from today, with the organization of IMEX America, America’s Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel Meetings and Events. More than 2,000 buyers attended the event, in addition to the thousands of hotels, destinations, and service providers that were represented there.
I myself am participating in the event to extend my network of partners in North and South America, namely in the U.S. and Canada. It is my hope to unearth new destinations for planning all your international conventions and business conferences. You can count on me to assist you in your projects.
I am taking advantage of this stay to visit several hotels. From what the commercials let on, each hotel is bigger and more extraordinary than the next. Competition here is very stiff. This is a market with more than 120,000 rooms, with hotels comprising thousands of rooms (I will be presenting some of these to you in a few days). Starting from Monday, I will be staying in the Venetian Hotel: 8,000 rooms and more than 100,000 m² of space for conventions and meetings.
In the meantime, I am staying in the Ravella Hotel, part of the American hotel group Dolce. The hotel is located 20 kilometers from Las Vegas in a residential complex in the middle of the desert. The view is superb; the calm absolute. We are neighbors of Céline Dion and her husband René! This is the neighborhood of the big stars and golfers, far from the feverish nightlife of Las Vegas. The hotel has just come to replace the Ritz-Carlton, with its opening back in February 11, 2011. This vast resort, which sprawls across nearly 6 hectares, offers 349 rooms and suites, 3,600 m² of space dedicated to meeting rooms, a spa, and a fitness center of 2,800 m², as well as numerous restaurants and lounges. Ravella is able to host events for anywhere from 10 to 1,000 people.
The resort, whose architecture recalls Tuscan villages, also contains two marinas, a golf range designed by Jack Nicklaus, the only chapel in Las Vegas located on a lake, and even a bridge of 114 meters inspired by the famous Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
Laurent Delporte, an editor and conference speaker, is a strategic expert in the sector of hotels. A visionary, he brings his unique look on hotels in service to the decision-makers in the industry, whether to enhance the development of new projects or strategic visions.
Laurent has visited and audited over 350 hotels across the world and also participates in mystery visits to provide quality control for the world’s finest hotels.