Global Meetings Industry Day is April 14, and Las Vegas has some pretty big plans to celebrate. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and its resort partners are hosting a panel discussion on the growth and importance of the meetings industry at the brand new T-Mobile Arena.

The afternoon of festivities will mark one of the first events at T-Mobile Arena, which is slated to open April 6. Capable of seating up to 20,000, the arena gives Las Vegas yet another flexible, state-of-the-art venue for major events.

Las Vegas’ Global Meetings Industry Day presentation will include a keynote by Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association. The panel will be moderated by Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of LVCVA.

Global Meetings Industry Day Panel

The panel members reflect the role that Las Vegas and the gaming industry play in supporting meetings and events. Panelists include Michael Massari, senior vice president for national meetings and events for Caesars Entertainment; Chuck Bowling, president and COO of Mandalay Bay, a member of the MGM Resorts International family; Chris Flatt,  executive vice president of hotel sales and marketing for Wynn Resorts; and Chandra Allison, vice president of sales for Sands Corporation.

Following the keynote and panel discussion, attendees will be treated to a tour of the arena. The arena is part of a new entertainment district just west of The Strip near New York New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

T-Mobile Arena is owned by AEG and MGM Resorts International and will be managed by MGM Resorts International. The $375 million project has been designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. The arena will host up to 150 events annually, ranging from concerts and award shows to sporting events.

The venue features extraordinary options for VIPs beyond its 50 luxury suites. Hyde Lounge is an exclusive nightclub, which will offers views of the show, concert or sports taking place below. In addition to the arena, the project includes a two-acre outdoor Toshiba Plaza for pre-event functions and special events.