Avoiding high touch surfaces and gathering in large groups spelled trouble for Las Vegas, where conventions and casinos are the driving streams of revenue. The city continues to struggle through a pandemic recovery, but MGM Resorts is confident it can begin to operate conventions again in a safe way. Rapid response testing, socially distanced partitions, pre-packaged food, mandatory masks, and disinfected touch points are all initiatives the resort is planning for as it welcomes back large business gatherings.

On this Business Casual snippet, hosts Daniel Litwin and Tyler Kern consider MGM’s investment in large group gatherings. The two hosts consider whether the resort will struggle to strictly enforce all these measures, leaving gaps in its efficacy. Kern and Litwin brainstorm how the convention industry can support itself without putting its employees or guests at risk.

KEY POINTS:

  • MGM announces new COVID precautions used for convention gathering, including a multi-layered health screening process.
  • After laying off 18,000 employees, MGM invests big in rapid-result COVID tests for guests.
  • Is this the right move by MGM, or should it be looking at digital conference options instead?

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