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NEVADA GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES ANTICIPATED RE-OPENING JUNE 1, IN ADVANCE OF WORLD EDUCATION CONGRESS (WEC) VEGAS

MPI's Annual North American Signature Event, June 15-17 at CAESARS FORUM, Will Maintain Strict Safety Disciplines



Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak

 

Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide, received word that Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has set a goal for full, 100% capacity reopening of the state's convention facilities by June 1, 2021. This date comes two weeks in advance of the association's annual North American signature event, World Education Congress (WEC) Vegas, which takes place June 15-17, 2021 at the recently opened CAESARS FORUM in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Acknowledging the state's anticipated full reopening, MPI advised that it will continue to carry forward the innovative and effective Duty of Care attendee safety practices debuted at their November 2020 WEC Grapevine, which brought more than 600 in-person attendees and resulted in zero attributed COVID-19 cases.

"Our state health officials are comfortable setting a goal for a full reopening to 100% capacity on June 1," cited Governor Sisolak during an April 13th press conference. "A safe and responsible reopening is a path forward to bringing back conventions and getting Nevadans back to work."

Consistent with the Duty of Care practices in plan for WEC Vegas, the Governor went on to clarify that the Nevada state mask mandate will remain in place. He also urged residents to remain vigilant by wearing a mask and getting the vaccine.

Paul Van Deventer

"Based on conversations with local and state officials, we anticipated this announcement and remain confident with progress being made, both nationally and locally, that ensures WEC Vegas is a milestone in the business events industry's comeback," said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International. "Rest assured, our attendees' safety and health remain the top priority at WEC Vegas; which is consistent with our past, present and future operational focus."

"This is an incredible opportunity for MPI and our industry to meet the pent-up demand of a community of individuals whose entire sense of purpose was disrupted for a full calendar year," Van Deventer added. "Imagine the excitement surrounding the first event back in 2021 while offering an experience where our attendees can make their future."

MPI continues to collaborate with its WEC Vegas host facility, CAESARS FORUM, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on finalizing plans for the upcoming event. Initial estimates forecast approximately 1,500 in-person attendees and an additional 1,500 digital participants.

"Southern Nevada's tourism industry took another important step forward with Governor Sisolak's confidence Las Vegas can safely allow full occupancy at all venues starting June 1," said Steve Hill, president and CEO of LVCVA in a statement responding to the Governor's announcement. "The wide availability and rapid administration of vaccines will allow our valued events industry to reconvene with confidence and in its entirety. Las Vegas will continue providing the gold standard for health, wellness and safety precautions for the benefit of its workforce, the community and our visitors."

For more information on WEC Vegas visit mpi.org/wecVegas .

To read details on the event Duty of Care, ensuring attendee safety, click here.

About Meetings and Events at Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
The largest casino-entertainment company in the U.S., Caesars Entertainment, Inc. offers meeting and event planners one dedicated team, united nationwide, committed to providing the most successful meeting experiences possible. With one call or email, planners have access to more than 50 properties, with more than 2.1 million square feet of meeting space and more than 50,000 guest rooms. Mix and match properties and venues within a destination under a single contract and minimum. Enjoy elite perks, rewards and privileges with our Caesars Rewards Meeting Diamond Program. For more information, please visit www.CaesarsMeansBusiness.com and
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About Caesars Entertainment, Inc.
Caesars Entertainment is the largest casino-entertainment company in the U.S. and one of the world's most diversified casino-entertainment providers. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions. Caesars Entertainment's resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah's®, Horseshoe® and Eldorado® brand names. Caesars Entertainment offers diversified amenities and one-of-a-kind destinations, with a focus on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of impeccable service, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars Entertainment is committed to its employees, suppliers, communities and the environment through its PEOPLE PLANET PLAY framework. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com/corporate .

About MPI
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including 13,000 engaged members and its Plan Your Meetings audience. It has more than 70 chapters and clubs with members in more than 75 countries. "When we meet, we change the world." www.mpi.org

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