Aladdin's blueprint puts conventioneers first

LAS VEGAS -- The Aladdin Resort and Casino is being designed for the convenience of convention guests, according to George Helmstead, vice president of convention sales.

"The convention floor will be right above the casino. Rooms will start on the sixth floor and guests can go directly from their rooms to the convention area," he said.

In addition, because of two separate guest elevator banks, all guest rooms will be within seven doors of an elevator. "I know the convention people will like that. They appreciate the convenience of less steps," he said.

Although Helmstead said he could not be specific, he did predict that the hotel would also offer convention-goers the latest in technology.

That could include enhanced satellite access so that remote attendees may be able to follow the proceedings through sophisticated electronic equipment. "That's generally used for CEOs who can't attend a meeting, but it's becoming more common for others as well," said Helmstead.

When it opens next spring, the Aladdin will have 100,000 square feet of meeting space. That will include a 37,000-square-foot grand ballroom, a theater that will hold up to 7,000 people, two junior ballrooms, 18 separate breakout rooms, a dedicated reception and registration center and a 24-hour business center.

Helmstead said he thought 30% of the hotel's business would be conventions. "It's a great filler market that supplements your leisure travelers at certain periods of time when that's down," he said.

The 2,567-room Aladdin Resort & Casino is a $1.3 billion development that will include a 100,000-square-foot main casino and the London Club, a luxurious European-style gaming salon. It will also have 21 restaurants -- more than any other property on the Strip -- and more than 130 retail shops.

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