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Venetian Invests $188 Million in Convention Center Renovation

Rending of new convention center

Skift Take

The Venetian Resort has a lot to celebrate during IMEX. Not only is it directly connected to the mind-boggling Sphere, but it is also undergoing a $188 million renovation to its convention center. 

IMEX America launched in 2011 in Las Vegas at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. It stayed there for a decade before moving to Mandalay Bay Convention Center, where it is scheduled to be held through 2025. Given this history, it was fitting that the Venetian unveiled details of the $188 million renovation of its convention center as the industry gathered in Las Vegas for this year’s IMEX. 

This renovation is an integral part of the property’s $1 billion capital improvement project. Meetings and events have been the resort’s primary focus since it swung open its doors 25 years ago. 

“What makes the Venetian different is it was built 20 years ago with convention business as our number one focus,” said Tony Yousfi, chief sales officer at The Venetian.

The renovation will include executive lounge spaces, state-of-the-art technology, and a speakeasy-style lounge.

“I’m thrilled that they have incorporated the feedback we gave them as clients into the renovation plans for the convention center. While the structure will remain the same, the new color scheme and new investments in the technology infrastructure will give customers the ability to transform the space into a customized branded experience, all while staying true to the Venetian luxury heritage,” said Nicola Kastner, founder of The Event Strategist.

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas features all-suite accommodations across its two properties and more than 2.25 million square feet of meeting, exposition, and convention space. 

The Sphere is a Game Changer

One of the most transformative additions to the city is the Sphere, a next-generation venue directly attached to The Venetian. “The Sphere sits on our property. We always talk about game changers. Well, this is definitely a game changer for our city,” said Yousfi.

“I continue to be amazed by how each year the Venetian / Palazzo team continues to raise the bar in the immersive experiences they create for their IMEX guests,” said Kastner.