• Meetings in LA Rise to New Heights

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

    Downtown Los Angeles Offers a Bird's-Eye View on Gatherings

A Los Angeles skyscraper’s just-opened observation terrace and a new elevated restaurant are giving residents and visitors to the City of Angels a glimpse of the heavens.

In June, observation terraces and a glass slide—the Skyslide—opened atop the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building and event space on the West Coast (until the 1,100-foot Wilshire Grand Center opens in 2017). Called OUE Skyspace LA, the multilevel attraction gives visitors a view from nearly 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles.

Two glass-walled, open-air observation terraces provide 360-degree views of the city below and can hold up to 900 people. Interactive exhibits on Level 54 feature an HD time-lapse of Los Angeles, Infinity Mirror, Shadow Wall and more. For an additional thrill (and cost), ride Skyslide, a 45-foot glass chute bolted outside floors 70 to 69.

At Skyspace, groups are entitled to a priority entry, discounted admission and 20 percent off at the gift store, plus a Skyspace drawstring bag. Starting rates for group admission (minimum 15 people) begin at $19 per person; $25 including the Skyslide; $29 for flex group admission; $35 including the Skyslide. Groups also have a dedicated sales associate to help organize purchases and admission, says Brian Jemison, director, sales and marketing.

If the heights make your group hungry, grab-and-go sandwiches and snacks are sold on-site; catering can be arranged, too. Separately, sophisticated seated dining is available at the new 71Above restaurant. The fine dining restaurant on the 71st floor of the tower offers groups of 14 to 30 people sky-high views during lunch or dinners in private and semiprivate rooms, and cocktail receptions for up to 75 guests. 

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.

 

Destination Niagara USA designed its series of 360-degree videos with the purpose of allowing meeting planners to virtually explore meeting and event venues in Niagara Falls, NY. The introductory video, with its footage of scenic spots that include Niagara Falls State Park, Luna Island, Stedman’s Bluff and Cave of the Winds, could do double duty as a meditative app on a stressful day.

 

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?