April 27, 2005

The $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas opens tomorrow. The 2,726-room property is the creation of Steve Wynn, who began the new breed of Las Vegas megaresort when he opened the Bellagio hotel-casino in 1998. On 217 acres, Wynn Las Vegas has 200,000 square feet of meeting space, including 20 meeting rooms and two ballrooms of 50,000 square feet and 25,000 square feet, respectively. Also on site are 18 restaurants, a spa, a 2,080-seat theater expressly designed to house a new Cirque du Soleil show and an 18-hole golf course (the only one right on the Las Vegas Strip). Wynn already has started construction of a 20-acre expansion, to be called Encore, which will have 1,500 suites, a price tag of $1.4 billion and an opening date of spring 2008.

Gary Sloan, interim president for the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors Authority, announced his immediate resignation on Friday, just 10 days after being hired for the $100-per-hour post. In an interview in the local newspaper, he said his doctor and family convinced him to step down, to keep his high blood pressure in check. "We are dealing with it and moving forward," said a spokesperson for the CVA. The organization planned to announce a new interim president today, and a search still is underway for a permanent replacement for Michael Fife, who was forced to resign as president a month ago.

The National Association of Home Builders will pay $2.7 million to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta to get out of its 2007 and 2008 trade show contracts with the facility. According to NAHB, the organization pulled out of Atlanta because the convention center was too small to accommodate the growing show. The NAHB said keeping the show in Atlanta would have cost the association an estimated $10 million in lost exhibitor and attendee revenue. An NAHB spokesperson said the organization is in talks with Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando for its 2007 show. The loss of the convention for Atlanta -- where it has been for 25 years and recently drew about 100,000 attendees and $119 million in direct spend -- is significant.

The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., will spend $24 million to expand and renovate its 124-room Broadmoor South building. Changes to the exterior will add space and balconies to the guest rooms, which will be totally overhauled. The bathrooms will be brought up to five-star standards. Also expanding is the building's restaurant, the Penrose Room. Construction will begin in October, to be completed in May 2006.

Registration is now open for the 2nd annual Trend Summit: A Meeting of the Minds, co-sponsored by M&C, T&E, Goodman Speakers Bureau and Mohegan Sun. The educational event, to be held June 20-21 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., will offer sessions on Ethics in Meeting Planning, Leadership and Today's Meeting Professional, and more. Event registration and accommodations are complimentary for qualified meeting planners. For more information and applications to attend this unique summit, go to https://programs.regweb.com/ntmllc/trend2005.