• 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.

Results from the Incentive Research Foundation’s (IRF) 2022 Incentive Travel Destination Preferences & Their Impact on Motivation confirmed that interest in incentive travel as a motivating sales reward is at an all-time high. 91% of 405 survey respondents described group incentive travel as extremely or very motivating compared to 80% last year. Individual incentive travel was rated even higher as a motivational award at 96% versus 84% last year. 

 

The key to maximizing success (and limiting risk) is for marketers to better understand how their audiovisual team works. 

It is almost event day. You are excited, but you are also stressed.

You have spent the last few months preparing for your live stream: that big product launch, quarterly Town Hall, or video conference that your boss needs to go well. Your marketing and communications teams have been working hard, and everything appears ready.

 

Everybody loves to talk about welcoming change. Then change happens, and whew, it’s tough. After the past few years, meetings and events professionals certainly appreciate that feeling, but they’re also feeling energized by so many new ways for attendees to gather.