My business was based in Las Vegas from 2002 to 2004. Having lived there, and also attended about 20 NAB conventions there over the years, here’s some useful info links to help you plan your NAB trip. See you at NAB and the RED booths!!
NAB Web Site
Some Las Vegas Hotel and Tourism Links
http://www.lasvegas.com/ (Specials and good search tool for all types of Las Vegas hotels, rental cars, etc.)
http://www.visitlasvegas.com/vegas/s...tels/index.jsp (good search tool for all types of Las Vegas hotels)
A Few Affordable Hotels
(Note: Check REDUser first to see if Jarred has arranged group rates for REDUser members at hotels. If so, I’d definitely stay where the RED Heads are!)
http://www.orleanscasino.com/ (3 blocks off Strip. Good prices &b large rooms. Drive or take shuttle to convention center)
http://www.barbarycoastcasino.com/ (affordable and on the Strip)
http://www.thecal.com/ (affordable downtown hotel. Take shuttle or car to convention center)
http://www.samstownlv.com/main.cfm (About 6 miles from convention center. Good prices and clean rooms. Take shuttle or car to convention center)
http://www.mainstreetcasino.com/display.cfm?id=1053 (downtown & affordable. Take shuttle or car to convention center)
http://www.vegas.com/resorts/sahara/index.html (Sahara Hotel & Casino. Affordable and close to Convention Center)
http://www.vegas.com/resorts/riviera/index.html (Riviera Hotel & Casino. Affordable and walking distance to Convention Center)
A few Higher Budget Hotels
http://www.venetian.com/ (Gondolas, restaurants, Sands Convention Center, on Strip)
http://www.bellagio.com/ (Spa, fountains, restaurants, on Strip)
http://www.mandalaybay.com/ (Great pool, restaurants, on Strip)
Web Search Portals for Hotels and Airfares
www.travelzoo.com (Last minute airfares and hotel specials)
http://www.cheaptickets.com/ (Last minute airfare and hotel specials)
Interactive Las Vegas maps and standard maps
Las Vegas Monorail
http://www.lvmonorail.com/ (Transportation from most hotels on the Strip to the Convention Center)
Food is everywhere in Las Vegas. There are affordable buffets at each hotel/casino. There are higher-end steak houses and international food all over the Strip. Food at the Convention Center is expensive. If you’re on a budget, I’d suggest that you go to one of the small markets off the Strip and simply buy snacks to put in your backpack or briefcase before going to the Convention Center. Food lines are usually long at the Convention Center food outlets.
April is usually a mild weather month in Las Vegas, with days around 75 degrees, and nights around 55 degrees. It can be windy. Layers of clothes work best, windbreakers at night, short sleeves during the day.
If you have a rental car and drive to the Convention Center, come early because the parking lot across from the Convention Center, on Paradise Road, fills up rapidly in the morning. Las Vegas police will ticket and tow you quickly. Park where it’s legal, or pay the price.
Having lived in Las Vegas, it’s my opinion that the world’s worst drivers live there! They speed, weave, are agro, etc. – it’s a full-on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride every time you drive! The taxis and shuttles are the worst drivers, so watch them closely when you’re driving. Don’t jaywalk in Las Vegas. Tons of pedestrians get killed each year. Don’t assume that anyone is going to stop for you!
Unless you specifically want to go to seminars, register for the free NAB VIP pass, which will get you into all exhibit floors. Most tech manufacturers will supply you with a VIP pass code to register on the NAB site with.
Have fun…see you there!