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August 8, 2018

Supplier News: Incentive Updates From New England, Mexico

Two big new incentive updates lead this week's supplier news in the meetings and events industry.

Bookings Open for MGM Springfield's TopGolf

MGM Springfield is now accepting reservations for select entertainment and dining destinations that could be of interest to incentive groups. These include Michael Mina’s Cal Mare; The Chandler Steakhouse, helmed by Hell’s Kitchen season 14 winner Meghan Gill; and the property's Topgolf Swing Suite.

Opening on August 24, MGM Springfield is the company's new integrated gaming resort in New England. The $960 million, boutique-style resort in downtown Springfield will have an 8,000 seat entertainment value, 42,500 square feet of event space for meeting planners and 252 guest rooms, including 16 suites.

Reservations can now be made for the following venues:


Topgolf Swing Suite

The first of its kind in the region available to the general public, MGM Springfield’s Topgolf Swing Suite will house three golf simulators that offer a selection of interactive games, including zombie dodgeball, baseball pitching and a virtual version of the popular Topgolf experience. Up to eight players can eat gourmet bites, drink cocktails and play on a theater-style screen in each bay. Topgolf Swing Suite games are aimed at all ages and skill levels, including non-golfers. Guests can walk in or book the simulators for corporate events, birthday parties and bachelor and bachelorette parties. On select nights, the venue will host live musical performances.

Food & Beverage

Cal Mare

James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina and San Francisco’s Chef of the Year Adam Sobel will introduce Cal Mare, an Italian concept that aims to evoke the Amalfi Coast. The menu will pair East Coast ingredients with the flavors of southern Italy, with an emphasis on fresh seafood and charcoal-grilled fish, crudos and lighter Italian fare, as well as handmade pastas and brick-oven pizzas. The beverage program will spotlight coastal Italian wines and an extensive list of Amari, including house-made limoncellos and craft cocktails.

The Chandler Steakhouse

The historic Chandler Steakhouse is located in the former Union House Hotel, later renamed The Chandler Hotel, which was preserved as part of the development of MGM Springfield and incorporated into the new resort. Now, guests will be able to enjoy seafood and steaks at this venue, which is helmed by Hell’s Kitchen season 14 winner Meghan Gill. The Chandler Steakhouse will offer cuts of meat made with 100 percent Midwest Angus beef, dry aged in-house for 21 days. An open mesquite charcoal broiler and glass-walled kitchen will create an engaging dining experience that allows guests to see their meals prepared . Signature dishes such as northwest salmon, whole steamed lobster and tomahawk ribeye will complete the menu alongside creative takes on steakhouse classics. The Chandler Steakhouse’s bar and lounge area will serve up a curated mixology program highlighted by local ingredients, martinis and an extensive wine list.

Three New Incentive Programs at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda del Mar>

Centrally located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda del Mar has introduced three new meeting incentive programs to attract groups, presenting a variety of opportunities that will maximize the destination experience while offering savings. The three new incentive programs include:

Take Your Pick

Take Your Pick offers groups double points, as well as a choice of any two of the following perks:

- 15 percent savings on banquet menus
- One complimentary room for every 30 booked
- A complimentary welcome reception
- One VIP upgrade
- Five complimentary VIP airport transfers
- A complimentary meeting room rental

Take Your Pick is available for meetings booked between now and December 15, 2018.

Shine Brighter

The Shine Brighter Program allows meeting planners to select from a wide range of excursions and activities including golf tournaments, poolside receptions, canopy zip line tours, boating on the Sea of Cortez and more. Groups receive triple points, $150 in resort credits per room, per stay and a two percent rebate.

Shine Brighter is available for meetings booked from now till December 30, 2018.

Plan To Win

Plan To Win provides groups with an opportunity to earn a signing bonus of up to 50,000 points plus a chance to enter and win a five-night getaway sweepstakes. This promotion is for contracts signed from now through December 15, 2018, with meetings and events taking place between August 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019.

All promotions are available for new bookings only and subject to availability and special terms and conditions.

Function space at the 270-room resort includes a 12,419-square-foot Hacienda Ballroom, which can be divided into three sections. It has an open beamed ceiling and space that can be utilized for small and large groups. The 3,000-square-foot Los Arcos room can also be divided into up to three sections, and a 1,300-square-foot Mexican Chapel provides an intimate gathering place for early morning meetings, breakfasts or weddings.

For outdoor functions ranging from weddings, receptions and other special events, the property has a variety of spaces including gardens, pool decks, terraces and the beach. An outdoor gazebo can host a beachside wedding.

Additional amenities offered at the resort include championship golf, a spa and fitness center, pools, dining and the beach of Los Cabos.

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