February 17, 2017
Microsoft and thousands of its closest friends are headed to Las Vegas this summer, according to MGM Resorts International, which announced yesterday that it has signed a new multi-year agreement with Microsoft to host the computer giant's new annual meeting. The July meeting, which will be an amalgamation of what used to be four separate events, will have up to 30,000 participants, making it the largest single-corporation meeting event ever hosted by MGM.

"With this contract, MGM Resorts is poised to deliver our third record-breaking meetings and conventions year in a row," said MGM Resorts Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer Michael Dominguez.

According to MGM, the Microsoft contract is as much a win for Las Vegas as it is for itself. The city, it pointed out, had a record-breaking year of visitation in 2016, hosting 6.3 million convention delegates. Microsoft's business is an indicator that group demand will remain strong on the Strip, it said -- even in the summer months, which are typically the city's slowest for meetings.

"The selection by Microsoft of Las Vegas and of MGM Resorts is incredibly exciting," Dominguez continued. "Not only is this a mark of confidence in our brand, but it offers continued evidence that Las Vegas is viewed as the leading purveyor of mainstream entertainment worldwide. We believe this is the beginning of many more noteworthy developments to come."