Sands-Venetian-Palazzo Complex Wins Sustainability Certification
The meetings complex that includes Sands Expo and the Congress Center at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas is the first venue in the world to achieve the advanced “Level Two” industry certification for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows and conferences, according to an announcement from management. The certification is a designation of the meeting industry's comprehensive standards for environmentally sustainable meetings, created through a partnership of the Convention Industry Council’s APEX initiative and ASTM International. The venue standard is one of nine introduced in 2012 by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry to provide event planners and suppliers with consistent specifications for producing events in a more sustainable manner.


In-house DMC Offered by Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, located in Scottsdale, Ariz., now offers professional planners the option to tap the expertise of the AAA Five Diamond resort’s in-house, resort-based Adventures & ExperiencesDepartment. Adventures & Experiences is a full-service resource for creating and arranging group events and activities, both at the resort and in the surrounding area. Among the options available to book are tours, themed events, team-building and philanthropy-focused activities ranging from a Western-themed ropes course complete with mechanical bulls and steer roping, baseball outings, desert dune buggy tours, and hot-air balloon rides to elegant parties at the resort’s East Pool, Desert Botanical Garden visits, on- and off-property dine-around excursions and go-kart race factory trips.

Andaz Wall Street Debuts Concourse Level
Andaz Wall Street in Manhattan has recently debuted its new Concourse Level, encompassing event facilities, meeting rooms and a full-service fitness center. The remodeled space, closed since Hurricane Sandy, is 7,000 square feet, up from 4,000 square feet pre-renovation. It can host events for up to 450 people in one space and is Web-based and wireless, with LED lighting throughout. The Concourse Level’s 4700-square-foot Gallery can be subdivided into four smaller spaces, and is joined by a newly remodeled open kitchen for pre-function and breakaway gatherings. Three new event spaces--Stock, Bond and Exchange--span 740 to 1,900 square feet and are equipped with LCD televisions, open pantries with personal espresso machines, and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. 

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