The seventh edition of RLI Connect Global Retailtainment took place at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Los Angeles on the 1-2 April 2019. The city is at the heart of everything Retailtainment related, with the world’s top retailers and leisure brands present, and we leveraged on this by bringing the world’s top entertainment brands to join them to create an event like no other. Entertainment is now an integral part of the evolution of retail real estate, enhancing the customer experience and boosting the attraction of shopping venues. The main focus for RLI Connect Global was Retailtainment and building on the success of RLI and our deal-making events to date as we connected leading leisure and entertainment concepts with developers globally.

The event was about transforming shopping centres into world-class destinations and was the must-attend global deal-making event for 2019, bringing the world of Retail and Entertainment together under one roof creating a networking atmosphere unlike any other. From pre-arranged meetings to networking lounges, there was one very simple objective, to help attendees do business. Founder of RLI Connect, Jayne Rafter, said: “People’s perceptions of shopping centres are changing and what customers expect from their shopping experience has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years. Whereas in the past perhaps location was the key topic and most important choice in the development of new retail projects, now it is all about delivering the best possible experience and RLI Connect Global Retailtainment delivered a focused forum for networking and deal-making, providing an opportunity to do a year’s worth of deals in just two days.” The Headline Sponsor for the seventh consecutive year was ‘Sands Retail’, part of Las Vegas Sands Corporation and a world leader in the development of integrated resort destinations, and returning for the second year was Gold Sponsor ‘Grandscape’, an upcoming scheme in Texas, US being developed by Nebraska Furniture Mart, a Berkshire Hathaway company.

RLI Connect Global Retailtainment was once again held alongside the prestigious Global RLI Awards 2019. In association with returning partner, luxury powerhouse Chalhoub Group alongside Entertainment Sponsor American Dream and Champagne Reception and Studio Tour Sponsor JLL, the awards was held on the 3 April at the world-renowned Universal Studios Hollywood. In its fourteenth year, the Global RLI Awards continued to attract key global industry figures to celebrate retail and leisure excellence across the globe.

Keep space free in your diary our next event, as the location and dates will be announced soon.
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