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Las Vegas Business Travel Guide

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Las Vegas drew in a record 39.7 million people in 2012, but interestingly, not all of them came to gamble. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, convention attendees accounted for nine percent of the total visitors to Las Vegas in 2012. There were over 21,000 conventions that year alone, which cumulatively pulled in close to 4.9 million attendees. In addition to the monstrous Las Vegas Convention Center, almost all of the major hotels have their own vast meeting centers, so it's no wonder Las Vegas hosts some of the largest and most widely attended conferences in North America. Although hit hard by the recession, Las Vegas continues to bounce back with steadily increasing visitor numbers. In Las Vegas, virtually all business is "show" business. The city's economy — which is driven by the hotel, gaming and recreation industries — accounts for approximately 70 percent of Nevada's taxable revenue, and seven of the city's top ten employers are casinos. Now that's entertainment.


Facts to Know Before You Go -
Las Vegas Business Travel


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Transportation

Rental Cars – Most of what happens in Las Vegas happens on the Strip or Downtown, and almost everything is a short cab, limo, tram or monorail ride away. For business in neighboring areas, we recommend a rental car. Most national car rental chains such as Avis, Budget and Hertz can be found at the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Some have several locations at most of the major resorts on the Strip, such as Avis at Aria, Bellagio, The Palazzo and The Venetian, and several have lots on Fremont Street.

Taxis and Shuttles – Taxis are metered and most will accept credit card payments. A ride from the airport to the top of the Strip will run you about $17, but expect to pay approximately $25 for a trip Downtown. For those willing to share an airport shuttle with up to 20 passengers, a ride to a destination on the Strip can cost less than $10. On a side note, when leaving the airport by taxi or shuttle, please insist that your driver avoid taking the 215 airport tunnel to get to the Strip (this longer route can add $10 to $15 to your fare).

Limousines – Limousines are a popular way to travel in Las Vegas and can be arranged at the airport without a reservation. The usual fare is generally around $45 for a minimum of two hours. Limos that are available will frequently line up outside hotels to offer special deals and, remarkably, they often cost about the same as a taxi.

Monorail – The Las Vegas Monorail stops at the Las Vegas Convention Center and travels the entire length of the east side of the Strip from the Sahara Station (at Paradise Road & Sahara Avenue) to the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. It runs between 7 a.m. and midnight on Monday, 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday through Sunday. A single ride costs $5, an all day pass costs $12 and passes for three days are available for $28. Be prepared to do some walking though, as all of the stations (save for one) are located a bit of a distance from most major resorts and hotels.

Trams – Three free trams are located on the west side of the Strip, on the opposite side of the monorail's route. Trams connect Treasure Island to the Mirage Hotel, the Monte Carlo to the Las Vegas CityCenter and the Bellagio, and the Excalibur to the Luxor and the Mandalay Bay.

Media

The Las Vegas Business Press is published weekly and covers business news from Southern Nevada. The Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Sun are currently published jointly, and both cover local, national and international news.


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Where to Stay — Las Vegas Business Hotels


Alexis Park Resort Hotel
375 E. Harmon Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-796-3300
www.alexispark.com
Alexis Park Resort Hotel

Set within twenty lushly landscaped acres (with a sprawling courtyard as its centerpiece), this smoke-free, all-suite resort offers a quiet alternative to the Strip's hustle and bustle. Although within walking distance of the Strip, the property is casino-free — there isn't a slot machine in sight! Some of the suites are two stories and feature fireplaces, European wet bars, high-speed Internet access and refrigerators. On-site facilities include a bar and grill, lounge with live entertainment, a fully equipped health spa and an exercise room. This property is popular among business travelers for its audio-visual and secretarial services as well as its newly remodeled 50,000-square-foot meeting space for up to 1,600 people.

Aria Hotel and Casino
3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
866-359-7757

www.arialasvegas.com
The Aria Hotel in Las Vegas boasts a number of Corner Suites, which offer incredible views of the city

Situated on the Strip in CityCenter, the Aria Hotel boasts technologically advanced guest rooms and an environmentally friendly policy that has been awarded several LEED Gold certificates by the U.S. Green Building Council. The casino resort features guest rooms equipped with audio technology that verbally greets guests by their names when they enter the room. A simple "Good Night" even turns off the lights, closes the curtains and activates the "Do Not Disturb" sign. Dining options include Michael Mina's American Fish, Sage, Bar Masa, Jean-Georges Steakhouse, Sirio Ristorante and Julian Serrano. Resort-wide Wi-Fi access is available for a fee, thus allowing you to spend your downtime surfing the Internet. The property also boasts 300,000 square feet of meeting space: there are four ballrooms ranging from 20,000 to 50,000 square feet and 38 meeting/executive rooms. A free tram connects Aria to the Bellagio and the Monte Carlo. Entertainment options include Haze Nightclub and Zarkana, which is a Cirque du Soleil acrobatic spectacular.

Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-731-7110, 877-427-7243
www.caesarspalace.com
Caesars Palace

Since it opened in 1966, Caesars Palace has become synonymous with Sin City. Thankfully, this Las Vegas icon has been able to survive thanks to its ability to consistently reinvent itself. The casino is constantly expanding, and several new suite towers — including the rather regal-sounding Augustus Tower — and the world's first Nobu Hotel were recently added to provide additional rooms for guests. The rooms at The Augustus Tower are modern and spacious with amenities ranging from 42-inch plasma screen TVs to oversized soaking tubs. Nobu's rooms feature over-sized walk-in showers made with traditional black Umi tiles with multiple showerheads and a teak bathing stool, a fixture of traditional Japanese bathhouses. Some 240,000 square feet of meeting and convention space house events and gatherings of all sizes, with rich furnishing for a truly executive feel. Entertainment is always top notch, with headliners such as Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Elton John or Rod Stewart in residence at the Colosseum. Dining can be as casual or as formal as you choose, with options such as Payard Patisserie & Bistro, New York's legendary Rao's and Old Homestead Steakhouse, Central Michel Richard, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and Restaurant Guy Savoy.

LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3000 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-732-5111

www.thelvh.com
LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Opened by billionaire Kirk Kerkorian in 1968 as the International, this hotel pioneered some of Las Vegas' top entertainment artists including Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley. Adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the hotel draws a substantially large business crowd. Its own 200,000-square-foot meeting and conference space includes the LVH Ballroom and Pavilion that seats more than 10,000 guests. The amenities in the 3,000-plus rooms range from high-speed Internet access to even visual strobes for the hearing impaired. A high-tech business center also offers shipping, binding and computer rentals in addition to the expected copying and fax services. The dining options include a Benihana restaurant and a TJ's Steakhouse.

The Venetian
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas,  NV 89109
702-733-5000

www.venetian.com
The Venetian

The 63-acre resort recreates the romantic, Old-World charm and festival-like atmosphere of old Venice. The rooms (among the most spacious in town) are done in a rich blend of burgundy and gold with velvet-canopied beds and floral armoires. The suites are even larger and feature sunken living rooms and enormous marble bathrooms. All of the rooms have high-speed Internet access, while a business center provides computer rentals, shipping services and photocopies. Just steps away is the Sands Expo and Convention Center with 1.8 million square feet of combined meeting and event space, making it one of the largest show floors and meeting facilities in the world; and the Las Vegas Convention Center is only a two-minute cab ride away.


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Where to Dine — Las Vegas Business Restaurants


Aureole
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
702-632-7401
www.aureolelv.com
American/French/Contemporary 16/20
$$$$$

The Aureole at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas has an incredible four-story wine tower
Dine at this Mandalay Bay restaurant just to see its unique four-story wine tower. Showgirl-style wine "angels" ascend the tower with the help of cables and pulleys to choose your trophy bottle. The menu features small plates to share, such as scallop ceviche with crispy shallots and a spicy Serrano vinaigrette, or rich and savory beef tortellini in a truffle port wine sauce. Choosing dessert may be difficult — the chocolate torte may sound tempting, but wouldn't it be more fun to order a dessert wine and watch an "angel" soar into the air to secure your sweet libation?

Botero
Encore Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-770-3463
www.wynnlasvegas.com

Steakhouse/Seafood/Contemporary
15/20
$$$$$

Named after the famous Colombian artist, Botero in the Encore Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas features a number of the artist's statues and paintings
Named after Colombian artist Fernando Botero (several of his works are on display), this chic restaurant offers an experience almost like visiting an art museum. Executive chef Mark LoRusso has crafted a menu divided into three unique sections: Farm and Fields, Inspired by the Sea, and Surf & Turf. A vegan/vegetarian menu includes potato crusted tofu with quinoa salad tossed with a garlic vinaigrette. A highlight from the sea menu is the hamachi tartare composed of yellowtail, crispy rice cake and sweet chili vinaigrette. Turf offerings feature steaks with three choices of preparation — pepper steak, chimichurri and traditional — as well as options for filets, which include New York strip, bone-in rib-eye, porterhouse and Châteaubriand. Any selection from among the more than 600 available wines will complement your meal wonderfully.

Nobu
Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-785-6628
www.nobucaesarspalace.com

Japanese
15/20
$$$$$
 

Nobu restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Nobu at Caesars Palace is the first restaurant in chef Nobu Matsuhisa's collection to open on the Las Vegas Strip; it's also the first to reside alongside a Nobu Hotel and offer teppanyaki tables and an in-room dining menu. Design elements include bowed columns of bamboo, colorful private dining pods and oversized light fixtures inspired by Japanese tea whisks. Begin with yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, cilantro and garlic purée; or the thinly sliced tiradito-style white fish with Peruvian chili paste and dehydrated soy salt. Among toban-yaki offerings is beef tenderloin enlivened with flamed sake, deglazed yuzu, caramelized onions, and shiitake and enokitake mushrooms. A brick oven allows the signature dish to shine: Alaskan black cod miso that is marinated and broiled to the point that it melts in your mouth. The house special sushi roll consists of yellowtail, salmon, tuna, whitefish and snow crab wrapped in paper-thin daikon. Be sure to take advantage of a list of ten sakes, imported by Hokusetsu exclusively for Nobu in the U.S.

Picasso
Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-693-8105
www.bellagio.com
French/Contemporary
18/20
$$$$$

Picasso at the Bellagio
At famed chef Julian Serrano's contemporary restaurant, guests are surrounded by authentic Picasso originals — not reprints, but millions of dollars worth of the real thing. Whatever is served is dramatically presented and ultimately delicious. Surrender to such delicacies as warm lobster salad with mangoes; langoustine pulled, then grilled and drizzled with porcini oil; sautéed foie gras with Madeira sauce; squab breast cut into tiny slices and moistened with jus spooned from a tiny copper pot; and truffle-crusted lamb with Parmesan potatoes. In a town full of splendid fine-dining restaurants, this one is hard to top.

Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-590-8888
www.mandarinoriental.com
French/Contemporary
16/20
$$$$$

The dining room of Twist by Pierre Gagnaire in the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Nestled away on the 23rd floor of the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire provides an extravagant dining experience as well as an oasis of serenity. The design mixes elegant white cracked-eggshell walls and scattered, suspended pearls of illuminated bulbs while twenty-feet-high windows overlook the action of the city skyline. We suggest opting for a tasting menu, though there are also items available à la carte. Sommelier Julie Lin oversees the impressive wine selection, which is housed in a dramatic glass-enclosed loft above the dining room.


 

Off the Clock — Las Vegas Business Entertainment

Celine Dion, Elton John, Shania Twain and Rod Stewart at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
702-731-7604
www.caesarspalace.com

Rod Stewart performs reguarly at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

There are some 4,300 seats in the Colosseum, and they're filled almost every night during Celine Dion's, Elton John's, Shania Twain's and Rod Stewart's shows. Five-time Grammy Award winner Dion performs alongside 31 musicians, consisting of an orchestra and a band. Elton John, one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, performs his hits that have sold more than 250-million records worldwide. International superstar Shania Twain, the world's best-selling female country artist of all time, made her triumphant return to the stage with a two-year residency. Legendary rock icon Rod Stewart performs a set list of the classics that span his five-decade-long career. The four entertainment icons alternate their schedules.

"O" - Cirque du Soleil
Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-693-8105
www.cirquedusoleil.com

"O" by Cirque du Soleil dazzles the senses at Bellagio Las Vegas

Cirque du Soleil promotes its spectacular "O" as an aquatic celebration of life, love and death. And oh, what a celebration it is! Taking its name and theme from the French word eau for water, the extraordinarily talented cast performs in, on and above the water in a show that dazzles all the senses with its colorful tableaus and state-of-the-art synchronization, backed by the magnificent music of a ten-piece orchestra. The quality of "O" and its spectacular ever-changing settings have made this one of the most popular shows in town since its debut in 1998.

Red Square
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
702-632-7401
www.mandalaybay.com

Red Square

After a day in the city of capitalist decadence, take a trip behind the Iron Curtain to Red Square, Mandalay Bay's swanky Soviet-style lounge. The Communism-themed nightspot comes complete with a headless statue of Lenin, an extensive caviar menu, a bar topped with a sheet of ice and a frozen locker chilling more than 100 brands of vodka. Guests don fur coats and caps, then brave the walk-in freezer to hand-pick their poison.

Scenic Airlines
2705 Airport Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89169
800-634-6801, 702-638-3300
www.scenic.com

Short trip? No problem. See as much as you can, as fast as you can, with this bird's-eye tour. With door-to-door service, Scenic Airlines will show you Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon — and you'll be back at your hotel within three hours. The airline offers seven different Grand Canyon tours, and those pressed for time will appreciate this type of rapid sightseeing.

TPC (Tournament Players Club) Las Vegas
9851 Canyon Run Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89144
702-256-2000
www.tpc.com/tpc-las-vegas

Located just outside of Las Vegas, the TPC is a very challenging golf course

Located in the Summerlin area twenty minutes from the Strip, this 7,063-yard golf course features vistas of the Las Vegas skyline, surrounding mountains and the backdrop of the beautiful Red Rock Canyon. A PGA Tour facility, it offers the same links that some of the biggest names on the professional circuit have played. This is a course that will challenge all aspects of your game and require the use of every club in your bag. The fairways are wide, as much as 50 yards on some holes.



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