Nevada: Fully Open June 1

The Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas

Following on the heels of California’s announcement last week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has set a goal for full, 100% capacity reopening of that state’s convention facilities by June 1.

This date comes two weeks in advance of the Meeting Professionals International (MPI)’s annual World Education Congress, which takes place June 15 to 17 at the recently opened Caesars FORUM in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

“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 MPI. “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.”

Initial estimates forecast approximately 1,500 in-person attendees and an additional 1,500 digital participants.

In mid-March IMEX Chairman Ray Bloom and CEO Carina Bauer announced that, as of now, they were moving forward with their show. IMEX America 2021 is scheduled for November 9 to 11, also taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, at Mandalay Bay. “There is no doubt,” said Bloom. “We want to get back to doing business.”

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.