Saturday, November 24, 2007

Skiing in Las Vegas

Yes, indeed. 45 minutes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip lies Mt. Charleston and the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Channel 8 news reports that snow is sparse this Thanksgiving weekend, but they are cranking out the man made stuff until the real deal shows up.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

What happened to all of the neon?

Remember when it seemed like every inch of The Strip was covered in neon? Where did it all go? For a long time the Neon Graveyard at the YESCO Sign Company stored them, and it was not open to the public. You may recall seeing the Graveyard in many movies and television shows that were taped here. The Neon Museum has taken many of these signs and restored them. They have created a Boneyard for signs that are waiting to be restored. Tours are available, if you are looking for something different to do with a small group.

Dates and Rates

Often times the availability of rooms and the prices of the rooms depend on what else is going on in the valley. It may be a huge convention, like the Consumer Electronic Show which is here in early January each year, or it may be the National Rodeo Finals in early December.

You can check the convention calendar and you will find the CES Show, but not the NFR. You need to check this page for big events that are not related to conventions, but fill up the hotels.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Green Tour Company

Escape Adventures has gone green. Their vehicles have been converted to burn on used oil from restaurants. Link.

Beatles Revolution

The Mirage is the home to the Beatles Show LOVE, and they have just added a new lounge called Revolution. The lounge is accessible through the Abbey Road Bar. It is full of technological innovations in multimedia graphics. It is open 24 hours a day. Link.

Bellagio Review

This poster from the Hotel-Casino blog really likes the Bellagio. Link.
The Bellagio was built by Steve Wynn and was sold to MGM Mirage, along with all of his other hotels, including the Mirage and Treasure Island (now just called TI).
Add your comments below.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sushi Restaurants in Las Vegas

Double Down reviews Nobu at the Hard Rock, Sushi Roku in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Ra at the Fashion Show Mall on The Strip, and Shibuya at the MGM Grand. Link. Feel free to add your comments about any sushi restaurants you have enjoyed here in Las Vegas.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Community Service

More conventions are planning community service projects in their meeting locations. If you are looking for a community service project for Las Vegas, here are some options.

The Difference Between Las Vegas and Boston

From The Convention Insider. A quick comparison. Link.

New High Tech Strip Bus has launched Arrow, a high-tech alternative to the double-decker Deuce bus that drives visitors up and down the Strip and to Fremont Street downtown. Arrow goes door-to-door to hotel-casinos and costs $2.50 per trip or $10 for an all day pass. Deuce costs $2. But Arrow has touch screen monitors that allow passengers to buy show tickets and make restaurant reservations during the ride. Link. Another alternatative would be the monorail. The websites have route maps.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Team Building Activities

This article includes informtion on Las Vegas team building options, including zero gravity, comedy improv and drama workshops. Stunt World Action Camp offers white water rafting and Hollywood stunt techniques.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Three Square

Southern Nevada’s hospitality industry has the expertise to manage the production of incredible amounts of food. Our world-class chefs know how to create complete, balanced meals on a scale to feed more than 30,000,000 visitors each year. They are ready to use these resources to solve the problem of hunger. Link.

Realtor(R) Volunteers Lend a Hand in Las Vegas

Conference attendees will roll up their sleeves and lend a hand to Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas and the Children's Service Guild, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit dedicated to helping children touched by the family court system. In addition, $10 of every conference participant's registration fee is applied toward these programs. Link.

Las Vegas Airport Improves Passenger Info System

McCarran Airport has installed a new system to speed up departures. Link.

Monday, November 12, 2007


Review of Aquaknox an upscale seafood restaurant in the Venetian.

Las Vegas' hottest jobs...and who has them

Some Las Vegas jobs are very cool. Link.

Free Webinar from the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

The LVCVA, along with Successful Meetings and Meeting News, is offering a free webinar: Learn How CVBs Can Make Your Next Meeting A Success: Leverage the Full Extent of Services, Especially in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

2 pm EST, 11 am Pst

Duration: 45 minutes

Click here to register.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Palazzo

What was to be an addition to the Venetian turned into a separate hotel that is connected to the original. The Palazzo is shaping up to be just as spectacular. There will be restaurants by Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali and Charlie Trotter. Look for a soft opening on December 20. Hotel Link.

Las Vegas seeks to restrict party houses.

The Las Vegas City Council voted to stop short-term housing rentals. Link. It is important to note that most of the Las Vegas valley is NOT in the City of Las Vegas. Fremont Street (Downtown) is in the City, as is the Stratosphere Tower. But, The Strip, the airport, UNLV and anything south of Sahara (in the Strip area), is not in Las Vegas. There is Henderson to the South, North Las Vegas to the North, and everything else is unincorporated Clark County. Map. The City of Las Vegas is highlighted in yellow.

Treat Your VIPs as Celebrities

Unparalled access to the hottest clubs in Las Vegas. Nite Tours takes your VIPS clubbing - and they won't have to stand in line. Each tour takes club-goers to four of the hippest nightclubs in Las Vegas from 8 p.m. until 2:30 a.m., for $99 each. A limousine with a sound system seats 20 to 50 and provides complimentary champagne, beer and shooters throughout the night. A VIP host onboard entertains with comedy, and encourages interaction among the passengers. Press Release.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Joel Robuchon Awarded 3 Stars

Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is awarded 3 stars from the Michelin Guide. This is the highest rating that the prestigious guide awards. It is the only 3 star restaurant in Las Vegas. This is where Hong, who won Top Chef works as a sous chef.

Pour 24 - Beer

Pour 24 at New York, New York. For beer lovers. They will have a revolving selection of 24 bottled beers and 24 draft choices. Yes, it will pour for 24 hours. (from LasVegasLogue)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Las Vegas Country Club

The Las Vegas Country Club is a hidden treasure - literally. Snuggled in hidden driveways on Jow W. Brown Drive, right behind the Las Vegas Hilton and the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is a link to the past, as this is where the movers and shakers of old Las Vegas would gather for lunch or cocktails. It is still like home to many top executives and celebrities that make Las Vegas home. The function rooms overlook the gorgeous golf course. It is a perfect place for an off-site event.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Private Mobile Nightclub

This is the interior of the Las Vegas Party Bus. It accommodates 16 people. It is great for club or casino-hopping. With lounge style seating, DVD players and wet bars, the party might just stay on the bus.
Other companies include Celebrity Coaches,

Vending Machine Sells Cell Phones in Las Vegas Airport

Vending Machine Sells Cell Phones in Las Vegas Airport. Located in Terminal 2. At 1.5 cents per minute to the UK, it is aimed at international travelers who are used to paying up to $1.45 per minute. It vends everything from SIM cards to PDAs. Users to connect to a mobile phone network without the necessity of dealing with service provider personnel and can make a phone call immediately after they make a purchase. The phones and cards automatically search for and find the strongest network nearest each subscriber as the subscriber moves about Las Vegas or the country.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Las Vegas Golf Course Guide

Las Vegas Golf Course Guide. Links to every golf course with course maps, price range, and designation (championship, desert, traditional, par-3, executive or resort). You can even reserve online.
The course to the left is Bali Hai, which is located at the south end of The Strip, just South of Mandalay Bay. They have a great restaurant named Cili, that has golf course views and outdoor terraces. They can accommodate banqets from 15 to 1500. There is a virtual tour on the website.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Spa Experience

Las Vegas has some of the best spas in the world. What better way to reward your hard working staff? Or to put your association president in a good mood? Or just to enjoy yourself. This photo is from Nuture at Luxor.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Using Student Workers

Students studying meetings and event management at UNLV are eager to work at your Las Vegas conferences. They have internship and work experience requirements to complete. We maintain a student listserv on Yahoo and can easily send out information to 3000 students in the Hotel College.

For information on using students, contact Dr. Curtis Love at: or 702/895-3334.