• MGM National Harbor Makes Historic Debut

     
    POSTED January 29, 2017
     

Early last December, the MGM National Harbor opened in Washington, D.C., with views of the capital’s monuments, and a number of luxurious amenities to provide an unforgettable experience for their guests.

The opening night was a star-studded event with thousands of guest’s (5,000 to be specific) . In attendance were guests like Sarah Jessica Parker, 21 contestants from Miss World 2016, reigning Miss World Mireia Lalaguna, a number of artists from the property’s Heritage Collection and many more.

Revealing their new culinary concepts were Michelin-starred Chef José Andrés, who will lead seafood restaurant Fish, five-time James Beard award-winner Chef Marcus Samuelsson with MARCUS and Top Chef alumni Bryan and Michael Voltaggio opened Voltaggio Brothers Steak House.

Entertainment for the night included performances from Cirque du Soleil, the Jabbawockeez and the Blue Man Group. Angelito Baban and Jess Parrish carved a 5,500-pound lion made out of ice, while DJ Cee played music.

Also in attendance were MGM executives like Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM resorts; Bill Hornbuckle, president of MGM resorts; Anton Nikodemus, COO of MGM resorts; and more.

New York is welcoming its first sports betting bar and casino, Rivers Sportsbook Schenectady. The lounge, designed by DMAC Architecture, is approximately 1,800 square feet of comfortable chairs with charging ports, betting terminals and a gaming floor. With walls covered in high definition televsions, Rivers Sportsbook allows guests to place bets on several different games rather than just focusing on one.

 

PCMA recognized the achievements of business event professionals at the Visionary Awards ceremony on May 7. The annual celebration first began in 1987 as the PCMA Education Foundation Professional Achievement Dinner, which became known as the Visionary Awards in 2016 to celebrate inspirational leaders in the business events industry.

 

Lakhani Hospitality celebrated its 15th anniversary with a $10 million renovation of Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago North Shore. The family-owned company, which started in 2002 with the Holiday Inn Skokie, is now comprised of five Chicagoland hotel companies, totaling close to 1,000 guest rooms.