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Hilton’s oasis at Lake Las Vegas

ecn_082013_lake_lv_overhead_viewThe Resort was originally conceived of by actor J. Carlton Adair in 1967. Adair’s dream finally became a reality in 1990, when developer Ronald F. Boeddeker took up the vision. The lake was completed in 1994 after he constructed an 18-story earthen dam on top of the Las Vegas Wash near Lake Mead, and then filled the desert basin that is now Lake Las Vegas. In order to preserve the environmental integrity of the area, wetlands were cultivated adjacent to the Resort.

Hilton Worldwide opened its newest acquisition, Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa, in June 2013. The Hilton property is situated along the North shore, with breathtaking views of the water and surrounding mountain vistas. For more information, visit http://www3.hilton.com.

For meeting planners who are looking for a serene green destination, the austere beauty of this desert lake coupled with its quiet location makes Lake Las Vegas a desirable choice. Free shuttle service is available for guests who wish to visit the Strip, but the resort itself is sequestered from the noise and distractions of the city.

The Hilton property offers 35,000 square feet of flexible indoor meeting space as well as outdoor space including an over-water wedding chapel.

“Custom-designed, green meetings and workshops are in the design stages for 2014,” explained Jacque Stilwell, director of sales & marketing, Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

Many green activities may be incorporated into a sustainable retreat including visits to the Ravella Spa, paddle boating, gondola rides, yacht cruises, hiking tours and numerous outdoor dining and recreation options.

Hilton Worldwide is distinguishing itself as a leader in sustainable business practices. As the owner of 3,600 hotel properties in 81 countries, the company is committed to the responsible management of energy, water and waste; the informed purchase and distribution of manufactured goods; the development of sustainable building design; and sensitivity to the demands that a growing world population places on the business community at large.

Hilton’s five-year plan to increase operational efficiency across its portfolio of hotels and offices by 2014 includes efforts to:

  • Reduce energy consumption by 20 percent;
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent;
  • Reduce waste output by 20 percent; and
  • Reduce water consumption by 10 percent.

By means of its LightStay program, Hilton has developed a propriety measurement system for evaluating each property’s impact on the environment while reducing operating costs and delivering a positive guest experience. Hilton uses a third-party, KEMA-Registered Quality Inc., to verify its data and results. The LightStay program includes a Meeting Calculator, which can measure the impact of any meeting or convention held at a Hilton Worldwide property. Hilton shares this data with its corporate clients who wish to use it in their own sustainability reports.

The Aston MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Las Vegas occupies the Lake’s SouthShore. The Resort includes an Italian-themed recreation village, complete with a reproduction of the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. The facility offers 16,000 square feet of event space. The Riva di Lago Event Center includes 4,000 square feet of indoor meeting/banquet space, along with 6,000 square feet of outdoor lakeside patio space. Email montelagogroups@astonhotels.com for more information.

Another event venue, the Lake Club at SouthShore, boasts a 7,000-yard, lakeside course designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and lauded as one of the top 10 courses in the country by Golf Magazine in 1996. The Lake Club includes a 32,000 square-foot clubhouse and can accommodate events for up to 150 people. For more information, visit http://www.pacificlinks.com.

Lake Las Vegas Resort is a unique destination that is conducive to sustainable themes, where attendees can remain focused on the event while enjoying the best of the desert.

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