LAS VEGAS -- Small meetings groups have special status at the MGM
Grand, courtesy of a Grand Meetings program launched two years ago
and tailored to their needs.
Although MGM's conference facilities are vast in size,
professional groups in need of 15 to 150 rooms can hold meetings in
a setting that avoids a feeling of being swallowed up by the
resort's 380,000-square-foot conference center, said MGM
spokeswoman Shelly Mansholt.
Small groups comprise 70% of the resort's entire group business,
According to Chuck Bowling, MGM's senior vice president for
sales and marketing, the Grand Meetings division was created so
that these groups would receive the personal time and attention
necessary to make their event a success.
"We hired a supportive, flexible and creative on-site service
and sales staff who have shown record response time in catering to
a group's needs," Bowling said.
"The result is in the numbers, with approximately one-third of
our 1998-99 group business rebooking at MGM Grand for this year and
The resort has 22 breakout rooms and two boardrooms, providing
584 square feet each, that have been designated for small group
In addition, Grand Meetings deploys a special sales division to
personalize 60 meetings rooms to small group specifications.
The team includes four sales managers, four convention service
managers and two support people.
MGM Grand Productions, an in-house division, is geared for small
groups as well, arranging theme parties and special events.
Among the most requested themes are Oscar Night, Viva Las Vegas
and a '70s party, Bowling said. The production division also
assists groups with speech- writing and technical support.
Audiovisual equipment, teleconferencing and videoconferencing
facilities are available. A business center, open from 5 a.m. to 1
a.m., offers secretarial assistance; office supplies; Federal
Express, United Parcel Service and Airborne delivery service;
faxing; printing; business cards, and name badges.
A total of 314,899 square feet of net meetings space is
available on the 115-acre, 5,034-room MGM Grand property.
For MGM Grand group reservations, call (800) 920-9411 (when
booking six to 15 rooms); (800) 929-1112 (16-plus rooms).The fax
number is (702) 891-1000.
More information is available on the Web at www.mgmgrand.com.
Free-standing facility offers rooms with a
LAS VEGAS -- MGM's three-level conference center is a
free-standing facility with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking
the 6.6-acre Grand Pool complex, the Grand Adventures Theme Park
and the mountains surrounding the city.
A 62,300-square-foot Grand Ballroom with a capacity for up to
5,248 people; 10 breakout rooms totaling 10,838 square feet, and a
23,520-square-foot pre-function area are located on the first
Six Vista Rooms, which can be used as a 5,159-square-foot
ballroom, two boardrooms and five breakout rooms totaling 5,396
square feet, are located on the second level.
A 49,840-square-foot, column-free Premiere Ballroom for 4,344
guests, eight breakout rooms totaling 8,885 square feet and a
23,250-square-foot pre-function area occupy the third level. Total
net meeting space within the center is 190,000 square feet.
Additionally, the MGM Grand Garden Arena provides a main
concourse for trade shows, a total 100,266 square feet of meetings
and exhibit space and 10 meeting rooms.
A 10,120-square- foot Studio Ballroom that seats 630 people
banquet style is near the restaurants and shops on Studio Walk.