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February 12, 2018

Supplier News: Marriott’s New Vegas Resort + Ritz’s St. Louis Reno




A big new resort and some major renovations lead this week’s supplier news in the meetings and events industry. 

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Marriott’s New Vegas Resort to Have Over 500K Square Feet of Event Space

Marriott International is planning a major new resort on the Las Vegas strip with over 500,000 square feet of convention and meeting space. 

As part of a deal with private real estate development firm Witkoff Group, Marriott is developing a new, integrated Las Vegas resort called The Drew Las Vegas, which will mark the EDITION brand’s debut in Sin City, as well as the first JW Marriott hotel on the Strip.

The new resort will be at 2755 Las Vegas Boulevard South, close to the SLS Las Vegas and Circus Circus. With an anticipated opening date in late 2020, the new resort will have two luxury hotels — an EDITION and a JW Marriott — as well as nearly 4,000 rooms and suites, plus over 500,000 square feet of convention and meeting space. Other notable amenities will include a casino, plus entertainment, nightlife, retail and dining venues. Both the EDITION and JW Marriott hotels will be managed by Marriott International.

Two Blackbirds Hospitality, which is led by former Cosmopolitan CEO John Unwin, will oversee the launch and operations of The Drew Las Vegas.

First developed by famous hotelier Ian Schrager in partnership with Marriott International, EDITION is a luxury lifestyle hotel brand currently with properties in London, Miami Beach, New York and Sanya, China. This year, the brand is slated to debut more new hotels in Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Barcelona, Shanghai, West Hollywood and Bodrum, plus another New York property, in Times Square.

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Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis Revamps Meeting Space

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis has officially completed the remastering of its 30,000 square feet of event space, highlighted by a technical makeover of the hotel’s Amphitheater.

Further highlights of the meeting space renovation include:

  • Advanced lighting and technological systems in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, along with new linens, buffet tables, flex-back chairs with lumbar support, and updates to the group dining experience.
  • New furnishings and finishes throughout all meeting venues in a contemporary color palette in hues of blue, ivory and cream. Also added were enhanced sound and optical systems further transform the spaces.
  • Technological innovations in the Amphitheater, which provides tiered desk seating for 140 in theater presentation style, along with rear-screen projection and live videoconferencing capabilities. The 3,300-square-foot venue is dominated by a large, 16 by 10- format glass rear projection screen directly centered behind the stage, and illuminated from the rear by a 1080p high-definition-capable, high-lumen laser projector. Flanking the stage on either side are two large LCD monitors, which are also 1080p high-definition-capable. New equipment includes a matrix switcher which enables presenters to show separate content on the projector screen and on the adjacent TV monitors.
  • Updated event décor, themes and concepts, including the hotel’s new Blue Lounge evening experience highlighted by a full-size bar of sculptured ice.
  • Amenities and table-top features for meetings of all sizes, from herbal-infused hand-bottled waters to individual ice sculptures of the Gateway Arch, and hand-shaped pastries inspired by company products and logos.
  • New banquet menus serving up a customized and entertaining experience, from made-to-order omelets and self-crafted yogurt parfaits to meeting breaks with nitro and cold-brew coffees, as well as cookies and milk, a raw bar brunch, St. Louis BBQ menus, and ballpark breaks complete with local fan favorites.

In celebration of the renovation project, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis has introduced a special new “St. Louis Inspirations” meeting break. Allowing guests to experience some of the city’s snack cuisines, the mid-morning or mid-afternoon experience presents an assortment of Fitz’s Soda, Billy Goat Chips, Gooey Butter Cake, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard and Toasted Ravioli with Marinara.

The 305-room Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis has more than 30,000 square feet of meetings and events space, including the 12,750-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Ballroom and eight more intimate rooms ranging in size from 483 to 1,680 square-feet. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom can accommodate up to 850 guests, and its separate Ballroom valet entrance provides event participants with a seamless arrival and departure experience.

For further details on new meeting, event and wedding experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, contact the hotel directly at +1-314-863-6300.


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