LAS VEGAS -- Meeting and convention business at the Venetian Resort
Hotel Casino is better than was anticipated at its May 3 limited
opening, according to Chris Meyer, director of sales and marketing.
"We imagined it would have been around 30%, but it's been even
stronger," he said.
The conventions and meetings market has constituted about 40% of
bookings, Meyer said, and eventually could surpass the leisure
category by a 60-to-40 ratio.
The $1.5 billion property targeted the business market by
providing all-suite rooms, extended business services and
convention facilities. Each suite has 700 square feet and contains
a large safe and three telephone lines.
With the nearby Sands Expo Center, which is owned by the
Venetian's parent company, Las Vegas Sands Inc., the Venetian
offers 1.7 million square feet of meeting space.
Meyers said the Venetian was designed as a multiuse resort with
14 restaurants and such amenities as the Canyon Ranch Health Spa.
Although some components of the property were not ready for its
opening, all of the Venetian's rooms and 11 restaurants were opened
in July. The delay apparently has not hampered the hotel's meeting
Starting in October, a number of conventions have booked up the
entire 3,036 suites available at the Venetian, said Meyer. "We're
going to see more and more meeting business here and a lot more
travel agent-related bookings," Meyer said.
During June and July, the resort had an agent special with rates
of $49 during the week and $89 on weekends. In those two months,
Meyer said, more than 3,000 rooms were booked by travel agents.
The Venetian itself has attracted conventions that in the past
would not have considered Las Vegas, said Meyer. "The Venetian does
not revolve around the casino, unlike every other property," he
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