Small Market Meetings

NOV 2016

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Page 17 of 35 Meeting Ideas 18 Amenities Included The massive Mohegan Sun overlooks the Thames River in Connecticut. These gaming properties court meetings with activity offerings By Savannah Osbourn Courtesy Mohegan Sun W hen choosing a meeting or conference location, it is impor- tant to consider recreational qualities beyond the meeting space. Many casinos make great venues because they offer event centers, restaurants and entertainment all in one package, and there are numerous options outside of large cities like Las Vegas or Chicago. Here are five casinos to flag for your next meeting destination. Mohegan Sun Uncasville, Connecticut Steeped in tribal tradition, Mohegan Sun takes events to the next level through its extensive resources and vivid casino culture. "Our 40,000-square-foot ballroom can be divided into as many as 10 rooms or remain open to handle large groups," said director of conven- tion sales and services Gary Baker. "In addition, we have 21 breakout rooms on the upper level." Mohegan holds an astounding number of amenities, with more than 80 restaurants, clubs, retail shops and entertainment venues. Meeting attendees can try any of 24 different craft beers at Comix Comedy Club or enjoy a complimentary evening show in the Wolf Den. Mohegan Sun's 10,000-seat multipurpose arena is renowned for hosting A-list acts like Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, KISS and more. This year, the resort celebrated its 20th anniversary throughout October with performances from Fergie, Sia, Tim McGraw and many others. It also welcomed several major events, such as the Amazing Race Casting Call and the Comedy All Star Gala, which Kevin Hart hosted. However, Mohegan's most impressive features are its three exquisite casinos. The Casino of Earth displays themes of winter, spring, summer and fall, and contains 2,800 slots along with 130 table games. It includes a smoke-free, enclosed slot room called the Hall of the Lost Tribes.

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