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Huge convention during my trip-big problem?

Just booked a great deal yesterday air & hotel and later found out one of the biggest conventions all year will be there, the Broadcasters with 120,000 people expected. I read elsewhere that there are a total of 130,000 rooms in all of Las Vegas.

Good thing we are staying downtown at the Golden Nugget, but we were planning to use the Deuce to go to the strip and taxi's to & from hotel. Do you think we should forget going to the strip? Will we have huge problems getting taxi's etc? Should we rent a car instead or would that be an extra bad idea now? We can't change or cancel our plans.

Maybe we should try going to the strip but only in the day while the convention is on and stay downtown each night?

Thanks for any advice you can give.

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1. Re: Huge convention during my trip-big problem?

My tip would be to maybe skip the car rental as it may be hell getting around on the strip later in the day and evening. I would use a combo of the bus and monorail to visit the strip. You may see longer taxi lines but you will eventually get loaded into one.

I would also make an effort to get reservations for dinner and not assume you can walk into a place and get seated.

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We stayed on the strip during that same convention. No big problem. The taxi lines are a little longer; the casinos are a little more crowded; as are the restaurants and shows.

The big problem was going to the airport and trying to get through security, on the day that they were all leaving! We almost missed our flight, and we were there 3 hours before it left!

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TonyaMN, you may want to read my recent post about 5-days in the Las Vegas Hilton.

I do not think you will need to worry. I am the #1 conventioneer and I think I am an expert on this.

Most conventioners will be confined to their hotel base during mid-week of their convention, from 8am to 6pm. So, enjoy yourself during those hours.

Also, after the convention adjourns, look out!

But Vegas is fun so enjoy the crowds! BTW, I think Broadcasters are pretty decent. Can you imagine Vegas being invaded by 1,000 members of Ralph Kramden's Elk Lodge??? YIKES!

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We've been there during CES and I agree that having 120k of broadcasters would be a whole lot better than being there with that many suits with phones to their ears not watching where they are going. You should have no trouble getting taxis... the lines look long but go real fast.

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Traffic on the strip can get pretty backed up during a big convention. We were there once when CES was just getting started, we were leaving the next day. The traffic on the strip in the evening was not moving at all, and stayed that way for over an hour. It was impressive to see. Luckily we had no place we had to get to that evening. Visit the strip during the day when the conventioneers supposedly will be in meetings or seminars.

Camillus, NY
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When is the Broadcaster's convention and when is the CES convention?

WALES
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April 14th?-18th?

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8. Re: Huge convention during my trip-big problem?

Keep in mind that Vegas is usually crowded. A busy weekend has 99%+ occupancy - you just can't get much more crowded than that. All a big convention does is push weekday crowds up to weekend levels (and give traffic jams around the convention centers). Don't worry about it.

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9. Re: Huge convention during my trip-big problem?

This site will give you a list of conventions and other info for Jan-Feb 09 and March thru Dec 08'.

www.lasvegastourism.com/conventions_jan.htm

I've learned from the past to check conventions before booking. I guess...live & learn. Good luck!

Colorado
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10. Re: Huge convention during my trip-big problem?

My mom and I just returned from Vegas.

It was a zoo just about everywhere, the Strip and even downtown was crowded. It was March Madness and Spring Break when we were there. Might be a bit better when you go.

I would definetly rent a car. You might as well, taxis can get expensive.

We did make the journey out to the strip a couple of times during the day. There were just so many people, way to crowded for us. Traffic was not horrible on the strip for some reason, we were thankful for. Not sure how it will be when you visit.

On renting a car, my mom and I were able to venture outside of downtown and the strip, got away from the crowds. We headed out from downtown, took the Boulder Highway and visited the casinos all around the outskirts and had a lot of fun. We hit the Boulder Station, Sam's Town, The Sunset, The Fiesta, Green Valley Ranch, The Silverton.

In our room in one of the magazines we found a map which listed these casinos. It was basically, the Boulder highway south, then west on highway 515 to Highway 15 north.

One of my favorites was the Fiesta, we visited a couple of times.

We found a great buffet at the Silverton.

These casinos filled up with people towards evening but was just not as crazy as the Strip and even downtown.

This is an option if the strip and downtown is crowded.

Have fun!