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October 10, 2016
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Roundup: Conference Center of Las Vegas Holiday Packages, London on Brexit




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New holiday event packages from the Conference Center of Las Vegas, an update from the London CVB on the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and a new webinar on optimizing travel spend from the GBTA Foundation are the top stories to follow today in the meetings and events industry. 

Holiday Event Packages From the Conference Center of Las Vegas

Las Vegas event venue The Conference Center of Las Vegas has announced new holiday packages for planners looking to book this holiday season. 

Available packages are: Holiday Plated Dinner ($52 per person), Holiday Buffet Menu ($48 per person) and Holiday Reception Menu ($75 per person). For events under 50 guests, add $10 per person to each of the packages. 

All holiday packages include tables and standard chairs; poly table linen and napkins (with a variety of colors to select from); holiday centerpieces; holiday room decor (CCLV’s choice); two holiday gobos; and a specialty cocktail (limit one per guest, tray passed upon arrival only). 

Beverage packages are additional. The Beer & Wine Bar package is $15 per person for the first hour and $6 per person for every hour after, and includes a house election of domestic and imported beers, house champagne, red and white wines and an assortment of soft drinks and water. The Deluxe Open Bar package is $20 per person for the first hour and $7 per person for every hour after, and includes Absolut & Skyy vodka, Bombay gin, Seagrams 7, Bacardi Silver rum, Captain Morgan spiced rum, Jim Beam, Jose Cuervo tequila, Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, domestic beer and imported beer, house champagne, red and white wines and an assortment of soft drinks and water. The Premium Open Bar package is $25 per person for the first hour and $8 per person for every hour after, and includes Grey Goose, Tito’s and Absolut vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin, Johnny Walker Black, Glenfiddich 12 year, Bacardi Silver rum, Cruzan Spiced rum, Malibu rum, Marker’s Mark bourbon, Patron Silver Tequila, Hennessy, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Fireball, Jager, domestic and imported beer, house champagne, red and white wines, and an assortment of soft drinks and water. 

Drink tickets, which are available for advance purchase only, are $12 each for soda, water, beer, wine or house brand drinks, and $14 for premium drinks. Drink tickets are non-refundable. Premium cash bar options, including tax, are:

Mixed Drink $9
Wine by the Glass $9
Domestic Beer $6
Imported Beer $7
Energy Drink $5
Water $2
Soda $2

London CVB Talks Brexit

In destination news, London & Partners, London’s convention bureau, announced it has experienced a major increase in injuries this summer following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. Between June and September, inquiries rose 41 percent versus the same period last year. 

London saw the rise across all of its source markets, with inquiries from the U.S. up 22 percent, EMEA inquiries up 22 percent and domestic inquiries up 83 percent. 

A number of suppliers, including ExCeL London, Maybourne Hotel Group and InterContinental London – The O2, have also experienced an increase in inquiries, and some overseas planners have been requesting to settle the cost of their events upfront due the fall in the value of the pound following the referendum results, London & Partners said. 

This summer, London’s CVB launched its own version of the city-wide #LondonIsOpen campaign, which aims to provide information to event planners looking to host their events in London.

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GBTA: Getting the Most From Your Business Travel Spend in 2017

On the GBTA blog the GBTA Foundation has released a new webinar to help corporate travel managers in the coming year. 

Global Travel Price Outlook: Getting the Most from Your Travel Spend in 2017 drew on the GBTA Foundation’s 2017 Global Travel Price Outlook, which highlights six risks in the coming year that could drive business travel demand and prices:

1. Oil prices
2. Brexit fallout
3. Central bank policy
4. Exchange rate fluctuations
5. Emerging markets
6. Geopolitical events

Rockport Analytics Research & Insight VP Jon Gray touched on the significance of currency fluctuations in different markets, stressing the possibility of big implications as the buying power of the U.S. dollar improves. Global airline prices and hotel prices are expected to rise 2.5 percent, while global rental car prices are expected to remain flat. The GBTA forecasts moderate growth in meetings and events, with less events expected, but with more attendees. 

GBTA members may view webinars in full through the Hub.

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