We couldn’t make it to Sin City for the opening of W Las Vegas on Dec. 1, so we did the next best thing and enjoyed a sneak peek here in Tinseltown when the new property brought its neon glow to W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills for one night. There were Elvis impersonators, aqua acrobats encased in bubbles performing in the hotel’s swimming pool, show girls in all their feathered glory, cocktails and, of course, games of chance

Transforming what was a 289-room tower of SLS Vegas, the W offers an elevated hotel-within-a-hotel experience on the North End of the Vegas Strip. It includes 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space on three floors. The adjacent SLS offers an additional 800,000 square feet of flexible event space.

The smiling faces say it all: it’s great to be together again! In late June, the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority welcomed 18 executive meeting planners from across the country to the destination, marking the first assembly of a new customer advisory board (CAB) focused on meetings, conventions and trade shows.

 

Darren K. Green, senior vice president of sales and services for L.A. Tourism, is feeling bullish on the future of meetings and conventions in Los Angeles. Here’s what he had to say in a recent chat with California Meetings + Events.

CAM+E: It’s great to hear that groups of all sizes can now meet in Los Angeles. Are large groups being cautious about gathering again, or are you seeing signs of a robust and quick recovery? 

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday recommended that all gatherings of more than 50 people be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The recommendation covers events like parades, concerts, festivals, conferences, sporting events, weddings and more.