by Michael J. Shapiro | August 01, 2017
As the 2,992-room Monte Carlo Resort and Casino of Las Vegas continues its transformation to the dual-hotel property of Park MGM and the NoMad Las Vegas, plans have emerged for Park MGM's 80,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. MGM Resorts, in tandem with NoMad Hotel owner Sydell Group, will offer innovative, nontraditional meeting spaces perfect for small groups, in addition to venues that can accommodate up to 5,000 attendees.

Among the highlights of the space will be an Executive Meeting Center and Ideation Labs, both of which aim to maximize productivity for small groups. The Executive Meeting Center will consist of 10 separate rooms with flexible layouts, each of which able to accommodate 10 to 50 people for training, product seminars, workshops or similar gatherings. The rooms will feature movable furniture and integrated power, audiovisual and internet, as well as a shared pantry setup for the center. The EMC is designed to foster collaboration and be both efficient and cost-effective, with all-inclusive pricing packages that offer a fixed, per-attendee rate. MGM is targeting its 80 percent of convention groups that represent 100 guest rooms and less with this new option.

The Ideation Lab will consist of seven individual labs, each geared to groups of six to 25 attendees. The rooms will be outfitted with cutting-edge technology, with multiple integrated displays. Furniture will be designed to encourage movement and conversation, maximizing engagement and productivity. Both the Executive Meeting Center and the Ideation Lab are slated to debut in the first quarter of 2018.

The main conference space, expected to be ready in October 2017, will span 77,000 square feet with 43 meeting rooms, all replete with high-touch, high-tech features. Second-level meeting rooms will offer natural light and overlook the resort's pool. The 4,345-square-foot Central Park Terrace will offer a private, outdoor meeting space.

"Our vision is to deliver meeting spaces designed to inspire exploration, interaction, connection and success," said Michael Dominguez, chief sales officer at MGM Resorts International. "Creating a casual, comfortable gathering place that blurs the boundaries between work and relaxation will ultimately lead to greater productivity."

Nearly half of the meeting space will incorporate Stay Well program health and wellness features, more than any other venue. Among those features are air-purification systems, aromatherapy, "biophilia" design elements that create a calming atmosphere, circadian lighting, optional healthy menus approved by Cleveland Clinic, and exclusive access to Jiyo, Deepak Chopra's well-being mobile app. One floor of Park MGM's guest rooms will be part of the Stay Well Hotel Program, and include such features as dawn simulation and long-wave night lighting, air purification and natural memory foam mattresses.

The event space also will include the Park Theater, a 5,200-seat venue that offers 30,000 square feet of private event space when it isn't being used for concerts or sporting events.

The rebranded properties will provide a number of new food-and-beverage outlets, including the NoMad restaurant, a Bryce Shuman-helmed restaurant called Primrose and the Eataly Italian marketplace. More details about the resort's rebranding will be available in the coming months, with the entire project slated to wrap up in late 2018.