Think of Las Vegas and what comes into your mind? You don’t have to answer that, but if you work in events, the city offers an incredible array of professional possibilities and opportunities.
Situated in Nevada, Las Vegas is home to three of the US’s biggest conference venues: the Mandalay Bay Convention Center (1.7 million sq ft); the Sands Expo and Convention Center (2.5 million sq ft); and the Las Vegas Convention Center (3.2 million sq ft). Altogether it offers almost 11m sq ft of meeting and exhibition space.
Events of all sizes can be catered for, with many venues offering customised spaces to suit your needs and budget.
It’s well connected: more than 900 flights pass in and out each day, and there are connections from 135 US cities, and the airport is only 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre.
If you’re thinking, “Yes, but isn’t Vegas expensive?”, think about the fact that 61% of Las Vegas convention visitors said having the convention in Las Vegas made them more interested in attending (source: http://cdcgamingreports.com/wp-content/uploads/filebase/2013-Las_Vegas_Visitor_Profile(2).pdf).
So, here’s our insight into Vegas…
For a sophisticated and elegant destination, look no further than this legendary French restaurant. Its Michelin star and AAA Five-Diamond rating should reassure most, while its location overlooking the dancing fountains of Bellagio is an instant conversation-starter.
You won’t get hurried here; staff are attentive without being overbearing. The restaurant is intimate, but the warm décor and adequate distance between tables ensures you won’t get overheard by other diners.
The food is of the quality you’d expect at such a decorated location, but another reason we’ve chosen Le Cirque is that it offers menus for vegetarians and vegans.
There aren’t many Michelin-starred places in Vegas, so if you want to make an impression, you can’t go wrong by choosing Le Cirque.
Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge
For entertaining clients, this is our pick. An impressive circular bar and informal lounge-style interior encourages conversation, and there’s an outdoor patio with fire pit to keep you and your group warm.
Approachable and professional staff are always available to advise which drinks complement which food, with cheese and charcuterie options ideal for sharing.
There are at least 50 wines available by the glass, and more than 100 whiskeys. And if you want to go the extra mile for your client, there’s also a VIP area with a separate selection of food and drink.
Best “touristy” thing to do
Nature, scenery, and landscapes are not words usually associated with Las Vegas. But if you do need to take a break from it all, head to Red Rock Canyon. Just 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, this designated conservation area offers hiking trails, horse-riding, mountain biking and many other similar activities.
The views are spectacular, with 7,000 ft Mount Wilson leading the array of peaks and cliffs. Naturally formed bridges and arches have been shaped over 600 million years of volcanic eruptions and tectonic plate-shifting. Desert tortoises, rattlesnakes, and around 100 species of birds are some of the inhabitants of this beautiful, unspoilt region.
You’re still completely in the desert, with temperatures to match, so make sure you go with suitable clothing and footwear, and enough water.
Finding somewhere to relax in a place nicknamed “Sin City” might be a challenge, but the Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace might be what you’re looking for.
This Roman-themed retreat is spread over 50,000 sq ft, making it feel like a destination in its own right, rather than just somewhere to recharge your batteries. There’s a distinct focus on the healing power of water, with waterfalls, bathing tubs with mineral-enriched water, and beautiful greenery that soothes you.
A place this size means there are lots of treatments, and temperatures, to choose from. The Laconium Room sauna typifies the luxury on offer, with stone benches beautifully warmed by unobtrusive infra-red lighting that seeps into your muscles.
At the other end of the barometer, there’s the Arctic Ice Room. You can sit among a real snowstorm, letting the cold air close your pores and lock all the oils and general goodness into your skin.
Qua Baths & Spa even has its own tea sommelier, who will create drinks to complement your treatments.
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If you work in events, the city offers an incredible array of professional possibilities and opportunities.