January 25, 2017

LAS VEGAS DO’S & DON’TS

Do’s, Dont’s and Some Maybe’s

Do have lots of fun. Don’t worry too much about it.

Las Vegas, in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, is a resort city famed for its vibrant nightlife, centered around 24-hour casinos and other entertainment options. Its main street and focal point is the Strip, just over 4 miles long. This boulevard is home to themed hotels with elaborate displays such as the half-scale  Eiffel Tower at the Paris, the NCBJ headquarters hotel.

Casino Etiquette

It is best to avoid bringing personal electronic items into the casino. Hotel security is always on the lookout for photography and video of casino machines and tables and will quickly remove persons taking pictures in the casino. If you occupy seat, you need to be a player. All players and persons in a casino’s gaming area must be at least 21 years old – no exceptions.

Health

You are in a desert, and your body will need fluids, especially in the summer months. Carry a bottle of water, and be sure to bring sunscreen. With the heat the hotels crank up the AC so you may need long sleeves or a sweater in the meeting space.

Safety

The high-concentration areas of Las Vegas are among the safest places for visitors in the world. Security is tight, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the same precautions that you would at home. Be aware of your surroundings and stay away from threatening situations. If gaming, keep eye contact on your purse (don’t hang it on the back of a chair) , change bucket or chips. If there is an incident,  security personnel are generally highly visible.

 Smoking Etiquette

Generally speaking, smoking is permitted on the casino floor at most resorts, in some guest rooms and in bars that don’t serve food. But really, give the majority of visitors  a breathing and smell fresh break and don’t smoke inside.  Smoking is not permitted in public areas such as restaurants, hotel lobbies or McCarran International Airport.

What to Pack for Vegas

Hint: Wear what brings out your inner evening in Vegas: gold lamé. Feather boa. Leather briefs. Whatever. We’re not here to judge. At the conference, “Friday Casual” such as dockers and polo shirts for attendees is fine. Speakers wear suits so you can spot then to get their business card.

Dress Clothes

Yes – For a fine dining restaurant or gala show.

Golf Clubs

If you’re a fan of the game, you’ll want to come a day early or use Wednesday afternoon to  check out the Vegas courses. Plastic spikes and knee length shorts are in.

Sunglasses

There are 320 days of sunshine a year, so chances are you’ll need some shades.

Walking Shoes

You’ll cover a lot of ground from the Strip to downtown, so make sure your shoes are comfortable.

Warm – Layers of Clothes

If you’re visiting any time between October and April, Las Vegas could be chillier than you might expect…. and then there is the out of control AC any place inside.  Since most of the Las Vegas Valley is at an elevation over 2,000 feet, the winter months can be chillier than you might think, particularly in the evenings. Long pants, a sweater and/ or a jacket are recommended. Las Vegas, with its arid climate, sees more than 300 days of sunshine per year, with an average annual rainfall of only 4.13 inches and an average humidity rate of 29 %. Leave your umbrella at home.

Information courtesy of Las Vegas tourism websites.