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December 8, 2016
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Roundup: MGM National Harbor Opens in Maryland, Prague to Host Congress of Congresses




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Some major venue and event updates are on tap today for the meetings industry. Here’s the latest. 

Now Open: MGM National Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland

Maryland just got a big new venue in the form of the MGM National Harbor, a $1.4 billion integrated resort with 50,000 square feet of versatile meeting space. 

Housed in the MGM National Harbor Conference Center, the resort’s meeting venues range from ballrooms and meeting rooms to boardrooms and foyers overlooking The Conservatory. All meeting spaces incorporate sister properties’ names to highlight the resort’s connection to other top destinations: the 16,200-square-foot MGM Grand Ballroom with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and 6,000-square-foot outdoor terrace with spectacular views of the Potomac River; the 4,284-square-foot Bellagio Ballroom; three 1,838-square-foot meeting rooms – ARIA, Mandalay Bay and Beau Rivage; and two Mirage Boardrooms.

Tech amenities include a video wall, a 64x64 matrix router and 90-inch screens with video teleconferencing capability in the boardrooms. 

Other event locations at the 308-room resort and casino include a 3,000-seat Theater at MGM National Harbor with seven VIP suites, three of which can be turned into a combined party suite that can accommodate up to 200 people. Suite guests have access to a private theater entrance, VIP lounge with full-service bar and views of the stage and area below. Scalable chair and table designs allow for tailored set ups for banquets, receptions, speaking engagements, product launches and general sessions. Based on the configuration, the multi-use venue can accommodate groups from 500 to 4,000.

Overlooking the harbor with views of the Potomac River and the nation’s capital, Potomac Plaza incorporates a fountain and reflecting pool surrounded by greenery. This space can host outdoor events for groups of 50 to 500.  Other locations available for private events include the pool deck, dining outlets, lounges, and select suites.

For dining, the resort has offerings from a lineup of chefs including José Andrés, Marcus Samuelsson, and Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. Private and semi-private dining areas are available for groups between 12 and 40 people.

For more information or to book a meeting or special event, please contact the MGM National Harbor Group & Catering Team at (301) 971-5800 or visit online at mgmnationalharbor.com/en/meetings-groups.

Prague to Host Congress of Congresses

In event news, Prague has been named the host destination for the 56th Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), which will take place November 12 - 15, 2017. 

The Prague Convention Bureau and other Local Host Committee representatives received the formal handover from the 2016 Congress hosts during the Congress Closing Ceremony on November 16 this year, in Kuching, Malaysia, symbolised by the passing over of the ICCA Congress flag. 

Disney Business Solutions to Host 100th M&I Forum

Finally, Disney Business Solutions has announced that the 100th edition of its M&I Forum will take place March 28 to April 1, 2017, at Disneyland Paris

Some 360 fully hosted buyers, each selected for the size of their investment budget, will be attending. Over four days they will meet with more than 150 global MICE suppliers, including hotels, groups, conference centers, DMCs and CVBs. Organized by Worldwide Events, the M&I Forum offers daytime business meetings, cocktail receptions, gala dinners and activities to promote professional networking.

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