SOURCE: MGM Grand Detroit

July 19, 2007 08:00 ET

Luxury Meeting and Convention Space at MGM Grand Detroit Now Available for Booking; Destination to Open This Fall

Gregory Leinweber and Gina Barnett to Lead Meeting and Events Sales and Services

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwire - July 19, 2007) - MGM Grand Detroit, an MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM) development, is now accepting bookings for its 30,000 square feet of luxury meeting and convention space, set to open with the hotel this fall. Certain to become Michigan's premier event destination, MGM Grand Detroit's offerings will deliver unrivaled services and amenities for meetings and events of all sizes. The destination has appointed Gregory Leinweber and Gina Barnett as Director of Hotel Sales and Marketing, and Director of Catering and Conference Services, respectively.

MGM Grand Detroit's 30,000-square-feet of exclusive meeting and convention space will accommodate private parties, conferences and events for up to 1,200 people. As its centerpiece, the destination's expansive Grand Ballroom will open to 14,000 square feet to accommodate 1,200 guests and can be divided into four Ballroom Salons for gatherings of up to 300. At 1,600 square feet each, Amber, Garnet and Sapphire meeting rooms can host groups of 100, and also may be divided in half for smaller functions. Two executive boardrooms, Onyx and Quartz, each will span 710 square feet and accommodate up to 18 people. Both boardrooms will feature teleconferencing services, built-in multiple video plasma displays, and both wired and wireless high-speed Internet access to complement any type of gathering.

"MGM Grand Detroit will deliver unparalleled capabilities and services for every event, no matter the group size or complexity of requirements," said Gina Barnett, Director of Catering and Conference Services for MGM Grand Detroit. "We have the expertise to handle even the most complicated event from large productive displays and media launches to automobile reveals." Barnett continued, "Our social and corporate event customers will be equally delighted with the prestige our first-class staff of professionals, exquisite spaces and unequivocal attention to detail will lend to their special occasions."

For more information on meeting and events at MGM Grand Detroit, prospective planners can visit or contact the sales department directly at 877-MGM-EVNT (877-646-3868) or

Leading MGM Grand Detroit's meeting and event services, Detroit-native Gregory Leinweber, Director of Hotel Sales and Marketing, brings more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the role.

"MGM Grand Detroit will boast Michigan's premier meeting and convention space, amenities and services for all groups, whether for professional or personal occasions," said Leinweber. "We will deliver a new level of convenience for Midwest meeting planners, who now have a new luxurious and elegant hotel and entertainment destination to consider when booking their high-profile events."

Formerly the Pre-Opening Director of Sales and Marketing for Mansion on Forsyth Park, a Kessler Collection property, Leinweber managed all aspects of room and group sales and led the boutique hotel to win Conde Nast Traveler's prestigious "Top Hot New Hotel" accolade in 2006. Gina Barnett, Director of Catering and Conference Services, served the last 13 years as Director of Catering for Matt Prentice Restaurant Group (MPRG), one of metro Detroit's most successful and imaginative companies of its kind. Prior to her role with MPRG, Barnett spent more than a decade honing her hospitality talents with reputable organizations including Westin Hotels and Resorts and The Ritz Carlton in Dearborn, Michigan. With Leinweber and Barnett at the helm of two very important customer services areas, MGM Grand Detroit guests will experience an unmatched level of quality and assistance. "The addition of Gina Barnett our team brings MGM Grand Detroit's level of event execution to the highest level," Leinweber continued. "Gina and her team are committed to delivering a superior experience and level of customer service that will make the planning process simple and enjoyable, and the event memorable."

Within its signature restaurants created by Chefs Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina, MGM Grand Detroit also offers several unique meeting options for smaller groups. Michael Mina's BOURBON STEAK, delivering imaginative interpretations of traditional steakhouse favorites, will seat up to 40 guests in the private dining room; 10 in the private wine room; and eight at the ultra-exclusive chef's table. Also by Mina, SALTWATER, an opulent seafood dining experience will feature a wine room that seats up to 20 guests and a small private dining room for groups of 10. WOLFGANG PUCK GRILLE, presenting a contemporary twist on the traditional "bar and grill" concept, will feature Puck's signature kitchen table for parties of 12 to 16. Seated in front of the open kitchen, guests have the ideal vantage point to watch their culinary masterpieces come to life.


MGM Grand Detroit will be the first and only downtown hotel and entertainment destination built from the ground up and feature 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests also will enjoy three signature restaurants by two of the world's preeminent celebrity chefs: Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina; 24-hour in-room dining by Puck in addition to casual restaurants; lounges, including a relaxed piano-style bar; high-energy nightlife; the only resort-style spa in southeast Michigan; and 30,000-square-feet of meeting space capable of hosting everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie engagements. Unique characteristics of the destination include a private entrance and lobby "living room" for hotel guests only, a concierge level with full-service lounge, 24-hour in-room service, 24-hour valet and complimentary covered self-parking. Room reservations for November 1, 2007 and later are now available via or (888) 646-3387.

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