SUMMERLIN, Nev. -- Competing in a market that lays claim to
millions of square feet of meetings and conference space, just what
does the new Suncoast Hotel and Casino here have to offer that
everyone else doesn't?
For starters, the 440-room property is located near four golf
courses -- Badlands, TPC at the Canyons and Angel Park, which
offers two courses.
"We've got a unique niche with the golf courses," said Amy
Stanfill, the Suncoast's director of sales. "Especially with the
incentives market, groups can come in, have their meetings and then
have a minitournament afterwards."
The one thing that the Suncoast doesn't have is a Las Vegas
Strip location, something that Stanfill said she believes also
works to the property's advantage.
"I'm glad we're away from the Strip," she said. "Sometimes [when
companies have meetings at properties] on the Strip, [they] lose
people [to sightseeing].
"Here, you can do everything under one roof. You can stay here,
have your meeting, and then we'll take you to the Strip if you
want," via the resort's shuttle bus.
Since the property opened last September, meetings and conference
bookings have been strong, and they are looking "pretty strong for
the next couple of quarters," Stanfill said.
"Of course, they're not as strong as I'd like them to be, but
we're getting a lot of support from local businesses, especially in
the Summerlin area," she added.
Telling others about the new resort and its meetings and
conference space seems to be a priority these days.
"We're advertising and marketing to meetings planners and
traveling like crazy," Stanfill said. "We're still trying to get
the word out."
That shouldn't be too difficult for a sales staff that is
pitching 25,000 square feet of meetings space in a
The grand ballroom, measuring 12,100 square feet, accounts for
nearly half of the property's meetings space and can accommodate
more than 1,000 theater-style.
It also can be divided into four rooms of more than 2,600 square
The appropriately named Sunrise Room, which measures 2,165
square feet, features ceiling-to-floor windows and views of the
Strip, making it a popular venue for wedding receptions, Stanfill
Other meetings space includes the Madrid Room, which measures
4,770 square feet and can be broken down into two rooms, and three
Fairway Rooms measuring 975 square feet, 970 square feet and 625
"They are great for smaller meetings," Stanfill said. "They have
windows that overlook Angel Park [golf course]. We also can do
lunches and dinners in them."
Perhaps the most requested venue at the resort, especially for
weddings and receptions, is the swimming pool complex which has yet
to open, she said.
According to David Ross, the Suncoast's vice president and
general manager, that particular area is scheduled for an April
For more information about the resort's meetings and conferences
facilities, contact the Suncoast's sales offices at (702)