When CityCenter opened in Las Vegas in December, it represented a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For owner MGM-Mirage, it was the successful completion of an $8.5 billion project that could have failed any number of times. For 12,000 hospitality workers, it was a blessing—a new job. For you, the corporate meeting planner, it’s the coolest place in Vegas right now, a stunning new option in the already rich and varied portfolio of properties.

Aria Resort & Casino has 4,004 rooms and a 150,000-square-foot casino, while Vdara Hotel & Spa offers 1,495 rooms without a casino. Also cutting-edge for a Las Vegas development is CityCenter’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

For meetings of up to 5,000 delegates, Aria Resort & Casino has 300,000 square feet of meeting space on three levels. The property also has dozens of bars and dining options, an 80,000-square-foot spa, and a 1,840-seat theater featuring the newest show from Cirque du Soleil, “Viva Elvis.”

Meetings at Vdara Hotel & Spa are on a smaller scale, with 10,000 square feet of meeting space for groups of up to 400 guests.

Also in the CityCenter complex are the 392-room Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas; the residential Veer Towers; the 400-room Harmon hotel, opening later this year; and Crystals, a luxury-brand-only shopping center whose tenants (Prada, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, and more) are due to be in place by the end of 2010.—Alison Hall

Fairmont Pittsburgh
The News: Set to open on March 29
Specs: 185 guest rooms, 12,000 square feet of event space, three meeting rooms, a health club, and a restaurant
Extra: The hotel expects to reach the Gold level of LEED certification.

The InterContinental New York Times Square
The News: The 36-story hotel is expected to open in July near the Javits Convention Center.
Specs: 607 guest rooms, 10,000 square feet of meeting space including a 4,000-square-foot ballroom
Extra: The LEED-certified hotel will be the largest new-build hotel to open in New York since 2002.

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