Lightbulb moments: The power of sustainability


MGM's behind-the-scenes tour
MGM's behind-the-scenes tour

Environmental issues were front and center of Meeting Centric Tour With MGM Resorts, an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into Mandalay Bay’s substantial sustainability efforts. Participants were introduced to America’s largest continuous rooftop solar array, which sits alongside other planet-friendly measures such as food waste and sorting trash at 11 recycling docks across the resort. The most complex undertaking? Changing the lightbulbs to energy efficient LEDs—all 1.4 million of them!

MGM’s meeting centric tour was part of a program of tours taking place on Smart Monday, offering opportunities to connect outside the show floor. The Lip-Smacking Foodie tour shared the lowdown on Las Vegas along with some of the finest food on the Strip, while Mystery Trip promised a surprise evening of unique experiences, cool locations, fantastic food and great company. 

Event technology figures highly on the agenda for many meeting planners and was explored in sessions including EventMB Event Innovation Lab™. The event planning masterclass, aimed at corporate and agency planners, offered a practical approach to the planning, marketing and delivery of events. The interactive session used case studies and the exchange of best practices to share new content relevant to the hybrid world of events and technology-rich event planning.

Zephia Bryant, Hosted Buyer from Bryant Educational Leadership Group in North Carolina explains why the topic resonated with her. “Many of my events have had to shift to hybrid, so I’m looking at best practices and new approaches.”