Posted by Media Relations on Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 - Comments »
Get ready to be nickled and dimed
I was rather naive before arriving in Vegas, thinking that the usual services provided by hotels would be true in neon land. Don’t expect a coffee maker in your room or a complimentary continental breakfast. Even the hotel’s fitness room requires guests to pay additional fees. Everything is extra in Vegas; they’re not content to just take your money in the casinos.
Make sure your shoes are made for standing
Lines, lines, lines! Be prepared to waste a lot of time standing in line, checking into your hotel, waiting for a cab, registering for your conference, at the airport. Nothing moves quickly in Vegas accept your money from your wallet.
Don’t underestimate the need for sleep
If attending a conference in party town isn’t distraction enough, don’t think that the casinos are the only things that will keep you from sleeping. There’s always a bigger, better, shinier hotel being built. Be sure to check that the latest addition to Vegas” infamous strip isn’t being built right outside your hotel window. Construction in Vegas does not cease at night. If your room overlooks a construction site, you will hear the beep beep beep of the truck backing up and the rat tat tat of the jack hammer all night long!
Use Vegas as a conversation starter
Where you’re staying and what you did last night are great conversation starters to help break the ice in a networking situation.
What happens in Vegas”.
Make your networking efforts count. Contacts that you make during your trip should not be sacrificed to the old “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” line. Collect business cards, forge relationships, make sure your brand is top of mind even after the lights of Vegas are behind you. You want your prospects to remember your company’s name in weeks and months to come and your peers to respect you as a credible industry leader.