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Disadvantages of being in Vegas during big convention?

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Disadvantages of being in Vegas during big convention?

I always check the convention calendar before planning a trip to Vegas. I did this time too for my August 18-23 trip (Sunday-Friday), but somehow missed seeing that one convention is in town that week with 80,000 attendees. I just discovered this after already making air and hotel reservations. Added to other smaller conventions that week, there will be around 100,000.

The 80,000 convention is at the LV Convention Center Aug. 19-21. That means many convention attendees will be arriving on the 18th, which is when I arrive. I've booked Harrah's, which has easy access to the Convention Center via the monorail, so I expect it will be a popular choices for convention attendees.

What problems or inconveniences should I expect compared to weeks with a much smaller number of convention attendees like all my other Vegas trips? I thinking:

>Long check-in lines at Harrah's on the 18th

>Unusually crowded strip sidewalks, especially at night

>Long lines at restaurants and attractions.

>Long taxi lines at McCarran on my 18th arrival date.

Did I miss any?

Do you think it will be as bad as I am thinking? Bad enough that I should change my trip dates and pay whatever airline fees I have to pay for changing? (My air reservations are non-cancelable, although I think I can pay $150 to change them.)

What would you do?

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1. Re: Disadvantages of being in Vegas during big convention?

I've been to Vegas over 20 times and I never even check convention schedules or worry about them. Stop being a worry wart.

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2. Re: Disadvantages of being in Vegas during big convention?

There always appears to be some big convention or event going on in LV. They do it better than most. I wouldn't worry a bit about it.

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3. Re: Disadvantages of being in Vegas during big convention?

I also tend to avoid LV trips during these very large conventions. However, it has been noted in these postings over the years that typically these convention attendees are not necessarily interested in taking part in the usual LV activities of gambling, shows, etc. Most will not be in the casinos and general hotel areas during the day since they are supposed to be in their convention sessions. The really busy areas will be the convention center itself and/or the meeting areas of the larger hotels such as the Venetian. Later in the evening some of the restaurants may be very busy, but once again you may not see any of these convention folks in the casinos. Personally, I would not change my travel plans because of a convention, but I would expect the possibility of some minor inconveniences.

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I stayed at the Hilton a few years back and there was a large convention on, you could forget eating there, it was packed. Other than that once I have never encountered a problem with extreme crowds, includng the fact I have been a couple of times over memorial weekend, which is said to be extra busy.


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5. Re: Disadvantages of being in Vegas during big convention?

The biggest effect is on room rates, and this won't bother you because you've already booked.

Don't worry about Harrahs being affected. They are usually fairly full, and not too many companies would put their employees at Harrahs for an event at the Convention Center.

As far as restaurants go, places like Grand Lux will have longer waits, as will those at some of the host hotels. Again you shouldn't notice any difference at Harrahs.

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It depends on the convention. Some will keep them busy actually attending the convention and you will not notice a change. Some conventions like the one I went to last only lasted for two hours and we spent the rest of the time in Vegas. Either way I think you will be fine and have a great trip. If you play poker I have found that convention time is the easiest time to win

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7. Re: Disadvantages of being in Vegas during big convention?

Agree with Snidley and I've spent much more time in Las Vegas than him.

Just choose dates that fit your schedule and go.

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8. Re: Disadvantages of being in Vegas during big convention?

we started going to vegas for a convention( good excuse) but honestly

i have been there during some very big ones,and the only thing you may want to keep in mind is your departure day.

longer taxi lines and possible longer security lines going home.

otherwise enjoy your tyrip and just plan on leaving a bit sooner on your last day just in case.

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9. Re: Disadvantages of being in Vegas during big convention?

What I can say is an advantage. Coming from Winnipeg, MB and being in Vegas during Rodeo week. Yummy! That was a vacation in itself seeing cowboys sleeping in the back of beat up old pickups to completely blinged out cowboys.

With the exception of a group of 3 of them, who called out rudely to me, only to have my husband standing right beside them, it was truly an amazing experience.

Got to love those cowboys. And one other thing, cowboys are real gentlemen.

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10. Re: Disadvantages of being in Vegas during big convention?

I've stayed in Vegas during the National Association of Broadcasters convention, which brings in about 100,000 people as well, and don't really remember anything horribly inconvenient. There were some longer taxi lines, I had to wait to get into some restaurants, and sometimes it was tough to find a good table because the minimums had gone up. But none of those ruined my trip, so I would say your current reservation should be fine. If it does wind up being overcrowded, you can always head to south Strip or downtown - most of the conventioners aren't going to go that far out of their way, especially if they have an early start the next morning.