by Michael J. Shapiro, Elise Schoening and Sarah J.F. Braley | March 09, 2020

Whether in our nation's largest gaming destinations or in regional properties across the country, casino resorts continue to sweeten the deal for meeting planners. Collectively they offer more guest rooms, a greater selection of event venues and a wider variety of activities than ever before. Read on for a rundown of the latest highlights.

Las Vegas

"What happens here, only happens here," according to the latest iteration of the city's slogan, reminding us that over-the-top, boundary-pushing, memorable experiences are more likely to happen in Vegas than just about anywhere else.

The latest news this month concerns the Caesars Forum, which officially opens on March 18th. The $375 million, 555,000-square-foot conference center has attracted an enormous amount of attention, with more than $460 million on the books already. Just east of the Center Strip, alongside the Linq Hotel & Casino, Linq Promenade, Harrah's and the Flamingo, the venue will provide 300,000 square feet of meeting space.

Another major project, the 1.4 million-square-foot expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center, is also moving ahead. Construction of the new West Hall, featuring 600,000 square feet of shiny new exhibit space, is on schedule to wrap up in December of this year

Excitement is building for the arrival of the city's second major professional sports team: the NFL's Las Vegas Raiders. Their new home, Allegiant Stadium, will debut off the South Strip in August. The "Official Raiders Team Headquarters Hotel" is the 390-room M Resort Spa Casino, about a mile from the new Raiders Performance Center under construction in Henderson. The hotel will open a Raiders-themed bar and grill this year, and promises a variety of Raiders-branded experiences both on-site and around town.

Read the full feature at NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com.